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FORBES' FIRST-EVER UNDER 30 SUMMIT KICKS OFF WITH UNDER 30 MUSIC FESTIVAL

FORBES’ FIRST-EVER UNDER 30 SUMMIT KICKS OFF WITH UNDER 30 MUSIC FESTIVAL, A PRESENTATION OF GLOBAL CITIZEN NIGHTS – ACTS WILL INCLUDE AFROJACK, WIZ KHALIFA, LP AND OCD: MOOSH AND TWIST

Free, ticketed festival will be held on October 19, 2014 at the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Philadelphia – Tickets Available for those who Take Action to End Extreme Poverty

NEW YORK (September 23, 2014) – Forbes announced today that Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and OCD: Moosh And Twist will headline the Forbes Under 30 Music festival, a presentation of Global Citizen Nights, on the evening of October 19, 2014 at the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood.  The festival will kick off the first-ever Under 30 Summit, a three-day gathering of 1,000 of America’s most outstanding young entrepreneurs and leaders in Philadelphia.

Forbes is producing the concert in partnership with The Global Poverty Project, the organization behind the annual Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park.  A part of the Global Citizen campaign, Global Citizen Nights is a series of free-ticketed concerts that will bring major artists to intimate venues as part of the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.

Starting today, music fans and activists can take “actions” to end extreme poverty at www.globalcitizen.org/nights and use points to enter for the chance to win tickets. From sending a Tweet, to signing a petition or watching a related video, fans will learn about four of the key issues in the fight to end extreme poverty: water and sanitation, vaccines, Ebola and youth rights.

The lineup for the festival is below (in reverse order of appearance):

·Afrojack, one of the most influential figures in electronic dance music, whom Forbes ranks as the world’s sixth highest-paid DJ and who recently released his debut studio album “Forget The World” featuring collaborations with the likes of Snoop Dog, Sting and Jared Leto,  will deliver a blockbuster set to end the night.

·Wiz Khalifa, a veteran of Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings and 30 Under 30 lists, will perform one of his signature high-energy shows with the backing of a full band. The Pennsylvania native’s latest album, Blacc Hollywood, released in August, debuted at No. 1 on the charts.

·LP, a singer-songwriter who has penned hits for Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list members like Rihanna, brings her soaring vocals to the stage in Philly. Her latest album Forever For Now, produced by Grammy winner Rob Cavallo, features hits like “Tokyo Sunrise” and “Into the Wild.”

·OCD: Moosh and Twist, a Philadelphia-native hip-hop duo comprised of 20-year-olds DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan—who boast 100,000 mixtape downloads and 7 million YouTube views, will open the festival.

“It is an honor to be headlining the first Forbes Under 30 Summit this year in Philadelphia in support of The Global Poverty Project,” said GRAMMY award-winning DJ and Producer Afrojack. “I am happy I can help bring awareness to such a great cause.”

“We’re excited to bring together an incredible line-up of talent to kick off - with a huge bang - an amazing summit,” said Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes magazine.  “Our goal is to raise awareness and funds to end extreme poverty and find a cure for the Ebola virus, while saluting Philadelphia altruists and sharing the music festival with the great city of Philadelphia.”

“I’m very excited to perform at the first Forbes Under 30 Summit for such a good cause,” added Pittsburgh-bred Wiz Khalifa.  “It’s PA all day!”

“The City of Philadelphia is excited to welcome such a diverse and talented group of musicians to our city for the Forbes Under 30 Music Festival,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "After the success of both the Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam and the third annual Budweiser Made in America Festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway this summer, we are eager to host another unique musical showcase in Philadelphia -- this time in Northern Liberties, one of our most popular neighborhoods for young residents.”

Justine Lucas, US Country Director for The Global Poverty Project, said “We are excited to partner with Forbes and bring Global Citizen Nights to Philadelphia for the first time as we expand the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.  Everyone can take action, win tickets and see the impact we can have for the world’s poor.”

Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, which will take place October 19-22, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues across Philadelphia, will feature panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.  Speakers include: Malala Yousafzai, Monica Lewinsky, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, Tinder CEO Sean Rad, Accel Partners’ Jim Breyer, AOL’s Steve Case, Danny Meyer, Paypal’s Peter Thiel, FEED’s Lauren Bush Lauren, Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore, Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal, Spanx founder Sara Blakely, Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer, Petra Nemcova, LearnVest founder Alexa Von Tobel and Thrive Capital’s Josh Kushner, among others.

Forbes’ Under 30 Summit is an extension of Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, which features 30 game-changing entrepreneurs under 30, in 15 fields, as judged by some of the greatest minds in each category.  Attendees of the summit will be culled from the past three years of this list, which has become one of the magazine’s most popular franchises.

For more details on Forbes’ Under 30 Summit, please visit www.forbesunder30.com.  On Twitter, follow @ForbesUnder30 and #Under30Summit and #GoingtoPhilly.  To access Forbes magazine’s 2014 “30 Under 30” list, please visit http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2014/30-under-30/finance.html.

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About Forbes Media

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About Global Citizen:

Launched successfully with the Global Citizen Festival on September 29, 2012, in New York City’s Central Park, Global Citizen is an innovative online platform and mobile application that tracks and rewards activist action through a point-scoring system. Accumulated points are used as a currency to bid on live entertainment experiences like tickets to great concerts and a host of other entertainment events. Join the conversation: "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GLBLCTZN.

About the City of Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia, home to more than 1.5 million residents, is the fifth-largest city in America. From its thriving Center City to its vibrant neighborhoods, Philadelphia is truly a renaissance city with world-class arts and cultural attractions, parks and higher-education institutions that are easy to get to – Philadelphia is one of the nation’s most walkable and bikeable cities and has one of the country’s best mass-transit systems.

Media Contacts:

Laura Daunis, ldaunis@forbes.com, 212.367.4874

Christina Vega, cvega@forbes.com, 212.206.5155

Date: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014