NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- If you don't get free tickets to the Global Citizen Festival, a blockbuster concert to be held in Central Park in New York on Sept. 26, you may have to shell out four figures to attend.

According to data provided by TiqIQ, the average ticket price is $1,211 for the concert, which will feature Beyonce, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Pearl Jam.

The least expensive secondary-market tickets for the festival are still as high as $448, though fans can expect even more tickets to become available closer to the festival date.

The Global Citizen Festival has one goal in mind: to help combat inequality and end extreme poverty in the world by the year 2030, and the mission plans to do so with help from some of the top music artists in the world. The concert will coincide with the launch of the United Nations' new Global Goals designed to fight inequality, protect our planet and end extreme poverty.

The festival is free, but requires fans to earn their tickets by getting involved with the movement through completing eight "Global Steps." The steps include doing things such as sending a tweet about the festival and about Global Goals, or signing a petition urging Congress to pass the Global Food Security Act, a measure that would ensure government funding for the Feed the Future hunger program.

After completing the steps, each fan will have his name entered in a raffling system. Six different ticket drawings are being held between July 29 and Sept. 21, and 48,000 free tickets will be distributed in the process.

A total of 24,000 winners will be selected, and each winner will receive a pair of tickets. There is no limit on how many times fans can enter as long as they complete all eight Global Steps each time.

To begin the process, fans must register at

Some VIP tickets were released by Ticketmaster in July. Access to those tickets requires a code. Although the festival has taken action against scalpers and brokers by withholding physical copies of the tickets until just a few days before the festival date, secondary tickets are available.

The high prices and the charitable nature of the festival should make the lottery the preferable ticket option for most prospective festival-goers.

During the last four years, people participating in Global Citizens have taken almost 3 million actions in the fight against poverty. These actions have resulted in 87 commitments and policy announcements, including cash commitments valued at $18.3 billion in the United States.

Previous headliners of the Global Citizen Festival include Jay-Z, No Doubt, fun., Carrie Underwood, The Roots, Tiësto, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, John Legend and Band of Horses.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor.