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How The Chainsmokers Are Using Their Music as a Force for Good in the World

A group of students at a Chicago high school got the surprise of a lifetime this spring when The Chainsmokers rushed the stage in the middle of the night and performed a quick set.

After the set, the group tweeted: “Crashed this prom just now. It was across the street from our arena show, so why not :)” They added, “Your prom could be next.”

It was a small but symbolic gesture that shows the type of people bandmates Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall are — they give to others whenever they can. 

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In 2015, the duo teamed up with Cadence & Cause to create a sweepstakes to promote basic childhood educational needs in underdeveloped countries, donating two pairs of signed Beats By Dre headphones.

“Every child should have the opportunity to receive a full education,” they said. “Education presents choices and possibilities. Simply put, it is the gateway to a greater you.”

After catastrophic floods hit Louisiana last August, the group encouraged people to donate basic necessities for those impacted by the tragedy.

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Later, they teamed up with the organization F Cancer to help launch digital initiatives, programs, and research to prevent and cure cancer.

Next up, The Chainsmokers will take the stage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City's Central Park on Sept. 23, where they'll join 60,000 Global Citizens who are calling on the US government to stop the cuts to the US foreign aid budget. 

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"There are many reasons why this festival is important to us but none more so than the fact it really puts the power in the peoples and artists hands," The Chainsmokers told Global Citizen. "The stories of success achieved by Global Citizen and how they unify everyone into one larger voice is nothing short of a miracle.

"It’s an organization that stands for change and positivity but also makes it happen," they continued. "Even we must admit all these problems we face as humankind seem daunting and impossible, but Global Citizen has found a way to make real progress of these huge issues we all face. And let’s not forget it’s also just an amazing time at the festivals!"

The Chainsmokers are standing up for the issue of food security and nutrition, which is one of the most critical problems facing the world today, as 795 million people are facing hunger globally.

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"Around 30 years ago, half the world was malnourished and dealing with serious issues of food supply," The Chainsmokers said. "Since then that number has been cut in half by the help of the UN and other countries and organizations. This to us shows incredible progress and promise that we as a generation have a real possibility of wiping this problem out. It's not a story of impossibility but a story of progress and that, to us, is very exciting. We hope to help lead our generation and future ones toward that goal."

Music, the Chainsmokers argue, has massive power to create change in the world. 

“Besides the fact that music is such a universal language, it’s the connectivity we have to people,” they said. “We don’t ram things down people throats; we all come together to enjoy an evening of music from artists we love and it’s a chance to push an even more important agenda — the future of our world and those around us.” 

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