Award-winning recording artist, composer, lyricist, and advocate Cyndi Lauper has been named the first recipient of The High Note Global Prize, an award honoring and celebrating major recording artists for outstanding achievement in using their music and celebrity platform to advocate for social justice worldwide. The award was presented to Cyndi Lauper during an all-star benefit concert in Los Angeles at The Novo Theater.
Cyndi was recognized for her lifelong advocacy for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) people, as well as the significant achievements made by True Colors United, a nonprofit organization she co-founded in 2008 to prevent and end youth homelessness among LGBTQ youth. In May 2015, her testimony to the U.S. Senate played a leading role in securing approximately $250 million in new annual federal funding to help prevent youth homelessness.
Created by David Clark Cause, The High Note Global Initiative is supported by partners UN Human Rights, Rolling Stone and The GRAMMY Museum.
“We are proud to support The High Note Global Initiative in an effort to galvanize global mobilization for human rights, and at the same time honor artists who passionately use their work to promote and protect the rights of others,” said Laurent Sauveur, Chief External Outreach, UN Human Rights.
UN Human Rights has a unique mandate to promote and protect all human rights for all people. Under the leadership of the High Commissioner, with a staff of 1,300 working in more than 70 countries, it aims to make human rights a reality in the lives of people everywhere. Its flagship campaign “Free and Equal” is a call to stand up for the rights of LGBTI people across the globe.
“The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to support The High Note Global Initiative, which is working to celebrate and highlight musicians who impact society through the promotion of social justice,” said Michael Sticka, President of the GRAMMY Museum. “Cyndi Lauper is most deserving as the inaugural recipient of The High Note Global Prize for her decades of continued work to support the LGBTQ community.”
“We’re thrilled to support The High Note Global Initiative and to honor Cyndi Lauper as the first High Note Global Prize Laureate. Rolling Stone was founded with the mission to explore the connections between music and culture – values that are at the core of The High Note Global Initiative – so we’re excited to support this cause,” said Gus Wenner, President and Chief Operating Officer of Wenner Media.
Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Dua Lipa, Kacey Musgraves and RuPaul donated items and experiences for a charity auction with 100% of the proceeds supporting True Colors United programs.
The High Note Global Initiative celebrates iconic artists that fuse music with human rights to promote social justice issues around the world. The cornerstone of The High Note Global Initiative is The High Note Global Prize, an annual award honoring and celebrating major recording artists for outstanding achievement in use of their music and unique platform to advocate for social justice worldwide. Supported by Global Partner UN Human Rights, The High Note Global Prize will be presented each year during an all-star High Note Honors Concert.