A few years ago, music icon Bob Dylan was presented with the Nobel Prize for Poetry. And while there are Nobel Prizes for science, literature, and Peace; there has never been a Nobel Prize for Music…until now.

The new Nobel Prize for Music will be presented to the artist who along with making music has been an advocate for social justice for at least a decade.

The inaugural award is being presented to Grammy and Tony Award winning entertainer Cyndi Lauper. Lauper has been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community for many years and is currently working to end homelessness for LGBTQ+ youth.

Created by producer and entrepreneur David Clark, the

High Note Global Initiative presents the award which is officially known as the High Note Global Prize but is being called the Nobel Prize for Music.

The High Note Global Initiative celebrates those music artists who promote social justice through music.

Lauper will be presented with the award on Human Rights Day – December 10 – during her “Cyndi Lauper and Friends Home for the Holidays” benefit concert in Los Angeles.

United Nations Human Rights Chief External Outrach Laurent Sauver spoke on the Prize saying, “musicians hold a special place in society, as they have the ability to inspire people to action. We are proud to support The High Note Global Initiative and The High Note Global Prize in an effort to galvanize global awareness of the importance of human rights, and at the same time honor artists who passionately use their work to promote and protect the rights of others.”

Taking the title from one of her hit songs “True Colors”, Lauper created True Colors United to help prevent and fight homelessness for LGBTQ+ youth.


feature photo credit:  Jim Provenzano – Gay Games VII