Playing For Change Foundation

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 501(c)(3) 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, 8 music schools and programs have been created in countries including South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, and Nepal. 600 children participate in regular music instruction. We have plans to expand several of our existing progra...
Jul 3, 2014

Thank you for your beautiful support!

Bizung students practicing the KPALONGO dance
Bizung students practicing the KPALONGO dance

The Bizung School of Music and Dance is thriving thanks to your support and belief that anything is possible through the power of music. As donors, you chose to share your generous spirit and resources with a community of children you’ve never met and we are so grateful. As part of our goal to support music education for children in Ghana we have been able to make exciting, new accomplishments.

The Bizung School was invited to participate in a prestigious music competition, the New Music Ghana Festival on June 20, this was an occasion to feature the talent and progress of the students. The Festival, sponsored by Arterial Ghana, Goeth-Institute and German Cultural Center in Accra, included the best musicians and dancers from across Ghana's Northern Region. Our students practiced diligently for several weeks to prepare for the competition. The school placed fifth overall, an exceptional accomplishment considering some of their fellow competitors were elders who had been performing for several years.

In addition, we have increased the number of students by 100, giving us a total of 200 students! The open-air classroom expansion and van along with new, experienced teachers have helped grow this program.

We still have more to go! A permanent building for the recording studio has been in construction. The studio will provide a valuable opportunity to introduce more students to the art of recording and could become a source of revenue through rental fees for local and regional musicians.

Thank you once again for your generosity and for helping us bring joy, laughter and hope to children around the world.

Teacher at the Bizung School leading a class
Teacher at the Bizung School leading a class
New Ghana Music Festival poster
New Ghana Music Festival poster
Students preparing for the Festival competition
Students preparing for the Festival competition
Bizung teacher, Suale giving guidance to students
Bizung teacher, Suale giving guidance to students
A young guitar student focused on his instrument
A young guitar student focused on his instrument
Bizung Founder, Alidu teaching a drum class
Bizung Founder, Alidu teaching a drum class

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Jun 11, 2014

Progress and joy at the Ntonga Music School

Mphumzi
Mphumzi

Early this year the program team at the Playing For Change Foundation worked on strategy with the leadership team at the Ntonga Music School that could grow the school in a manageable way, increase community outreach and participation as well as improve the overall structure of the music school.

Since February we have seen encouraging progress. We now have a strong administrator in place, and three new committee member candidates from Gugulethu. There are approximately 40-50 consistent students and up to 100 students that are participating in the program. There has been outreach to two local schools and a small event at a nearby township. Derrick, Ntonga's administrator is in constant communication with parents and checking in on students that miss a class, including visiting their homes. We have a solid, experienced candidate for the vocal teacher. We’ll be making final decisions on the committee and vocal teacher in the next one to two weeks.  

The spirit and energy of the school continues to strengthen. We have heard the impact the program is having from the students themselves,

"I play drums and I feel playing drums is going to make my future. I'm not going to become a gangster, it is going to do good things for me and make my life good."-  Mphumzi, 13 years old

"I have confidence when playing my guitar and I know the notes of the music I'm playing." - Eletmu, 8 years old

"I have learned team work, to work together and to share." - Liami, 6 years old

"I've learned a lot of new things here, such as how music connects me to other people and how I learn new things with them." - Zizpho, 18 years old

The community of Gugulethu is the heart of the music school and it's success. We're so happy to continue our relationship with the society of Gugulethu "Gugs" that thrives despite adversity and has the ability to see the positive regardless of the challenges.  

Ntonga Music School
Ntonga Music School
Students playing guitar at Ntonga
Students playing guitar at Ntonga
Zizpho
Zizpho
John, saxophone teacher at Ntonga
John, saxophone teacher at Ntonga
Children playing in Gugulethu
Children playing in Gugulethu

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May 6, 2014

A New Well in Kirina, Mali

Village children try out the new well
Village children try out the new well's pumps.

We have great news to share with you along with our thanks!!!

On March 8 a new well, solar pump and water tank were installed in Kirina, Mali!! It has been a dream of ours for some time to provide more water to this village of 2,000 residents where I'Ecole de Musique de Kirina is located. Thanks to the generous support from our donors and partners - to help source the water, install the well and sustain a vibrant school of music and dance that now serves more than 200 children - villagers in Kirina will now have access to more clean water every day!!!

This is a shining example of how music can serve as a vital anchor for all kinds of positive change. For all Playing For Change Foundation programs, we start with the music because it's the core, the basis of community connection. The incredible assistance we receive through partnerships and collaborations provides essential hope and inspiration as well. 

Thank you for being a part of the music school in Mali and for your love and support of children in all of our programs. 

The new well in the village has a solar pump.
The new well in the village has a solar pump.

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