Jason Mraz to Headline Myanmar Concert to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking
Jason Mraz, MTV
MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) today announces a historic live concert in Myanmar to be held on December 16th to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking. The free live concert will be held at the Yangon People's Square, which lies at the base of the magnificent 2600 year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most iconic and auspicious sites in the country.
Multi GRAMMY award-winning singer songwriter Jason Mraz will headline the event becoming the first international artist ever to perform at an open-air concert in Myanmar. Also performing are Myanmar's top artists including Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein and R Zarni. Sharing the stage at the free concert will be speakers from the anti-trafficking sector, government and donor community who work to fight human trafficking in Myanmar.
MTV EXIT Live in Myanmar will be broadcast in Myanmar on national television and will air across MTV's international network in early 2013 as a special edition of "MTV World Stage," MTV's weekly live music series. Available in more than a half-billion homes, the program will feature performances, interviews and key educational information about human trafficking.
The event is funded by the Australian Government's Agency for International Development (AusAID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Walk Free, a global movement to end modern-day slavery; and produced in partnership with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the United Nations Inter-Agency Project Against Human Trafficking (UNIAP) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Jason Mraz has taken his musical journey from coffee houses to stadiums globally and now has two GRAMMY awards and six GRAMMY nominations to his credit. In 2008, his third album, We Sing We Dance We Steal Things, featured the hit "I'm Yours," which sold more than 21 million units worldwide and the GRAMMY-winning songs "Make It Mine" and "Lucky." Most recently, Mraz released Love Is A Four Letter Word, which features the chart-topping song, "I Won't Give Up." Mraz has been a longtime advocate against human trafficking, engaging with anti-trafficking organizations in Ghana and The Philippines. The Californian singer last performed to capacity crowds in Asia in June 2012 as part of the Tour Is A Four Letter Word world tour.
Human trafficking is a tragic crime that enslaves and exploits its victims, the majority of which are women and children. There are more than 20 million people living in slavery around the world with Myanmar and Southeast Asia particularly affected. The concert forms part of a wider initiative that seeks to educate and train youth through innovative television programming, digital content, capacity building workshops and community-based events. MTV EXIT Live in Myanmar follows the production of two Myanmar MTV EXIT documentaries on human trafficking, which were broadcast in 2010 and 2012 on national television to educate the public about the dangers of trafficking.
MTV EXIT is also proud to partner with Edelman, the world's largest public relations firm. Further details on the concert including how to obtain free tickets will be released soon. For more information, visit http://www.mtvexit.org or follow MTV EXIT on the following social media platforms: Twitter @mtvexit and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mtvexit.
The MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign is an award-winning multimedia initiative to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking and exploitation. MTV EXIT was launched in Europe in 2004 and expanded across Asia with USAID in 2007. To date MTV EXIT has produced an extensive catalogue of powerful TV programming to promote awareness about human trafficking. MTV documentaries include Sold: An MTV EXIT Special presented by Lara Dutta; Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special, presented by Lucy Liu; and Inhuman Traffic, presented by Angelina Jolie; each of which have been translated into a dozen local language versions presented by Asian celebrities such as Rain of Korea and Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein and R Zarni inMyanmar. Further MTV EXIT programming also includes short films, public service announcements, animated drama and music videos. MTV EXIT and Radiohead collaborated on an anti-exploitation video for their song All I Need, which premiered across MTV's global network with similar collaborations with The Killers, MUSE, The Click Five, etc. MTV EXIT has also established partnerships with over 100 non-governmental organizations, distributed hundreds of thousands of anti-trafficking brochures in over 25 languages, and reached out to millions of young people through anti-trafficking messages at concerts and music festivals featuring R.E.M., Radiohead, The White Stripes, The Hives, Thievery Corporation, Placebo, Jason Mraz and hundreds of other international and local artists. For more information visit http://www.mtvexit.org