Playing For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF) was established in 2007 and is a nonprofit Organization.
Our mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. We support music schools and programs that are created and operated by the local community, and then purposefully connect those communities around the world. To date, PFCF has created nine music schools and programs in Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, South Africa, Nepal, and Thailand. Each week more than 700 children participate in free music instruction, and we’re constantly working to strengthen our existing programs and to expand our programmatic reach worldwide.
Recent program evaluations reinforce the real and positive impact of music education and demonstrate change in action. Music education improves students’ learning in math and language, increases students’ self-esteem, and fosters joy. Projects also help meet essential needs of the larger community, including the provision of aid such as food, clean water, medicine, clothes, books, school supplies, solar energy, computers, and other modern technology. Over 15,000 people have been impacted by the Foundation’s community development and empowerment efforts throughout our program regions and beyond.
Playing For Change Day, on September 20th, 2014, is a unique opportunity to advance our mission and make even greater connections as we come together to play for change. Communities will gather as musicians from all over the world perform on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios, and cafes all with the goal of bringing music into the lives of young people. This Day unites artists from all walks of life in the mission to raise awareness and share the joy and the power of music and arts education with underserved communities around the globe, and every artistic contribution makes a profound impact. In 2013, PFC Day had over 300 amazing events in 56 different countries sharing the love! We raised over $150,000, which will keep the instruments, music instruction, and inspiration flowing to many kids around the world in the year ahead.