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, 9 music schools and programs have been created in countries including South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Thailand and Nepal. 700 children participate in regular music instruction. We have plans to expand several of our existi...
Jan 3, 2014

Happy New Year from Kirina, Mali!

Every student, teacher and community member of Kirina wishes 2014 to be a year of peace, love, success, vibrations and positive changes all around the world. Thank you so much for your beautiful support of I'Ecole de Musique de Kirina program. We are honored and grateful to have you as part of our community. Your generosity has helped bring the invaluable gift of music to hundreds of children and strengthened a village.

2013 was an amazing year for the Kirina music school. We've been able to accomplish so much, including hosting a village-wide PFC Day event, enrolling 35 new female students, who are now learning traditional instruments for the first time and locating water near the school. We know 2014 will be even better! 

Merci beaucoup!

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Jan 3, 2014

Gugulethu sings in honor of South Africa's heros

Gugulethu sings for a Better Place!

The students and teachers of the Ntonga Music School, in Gugulethu, South Africa, came together to compose and record a song inspired by the great heroes of South Africa: Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Myriam Makeeba and others. The Song is called “Strong” and gives a clear message on how we have to face life, whoever we are, wherever we come from.

The song has been composed and arranged by two of our elder, advanced students at the Ntonga Music School, Faith Nomungeka and Nonvuyo and recorded at the school, with the participation of all our students and staff.

The township of Gugulethu is located 20 kilometers from the city of Cape Town, South Africa. This is where the Playing for Change Foundation built its first music school in 2009. Like many of the townships formed during the government-imposed Apartheid that lasted from 1948 to 1994, Gugulethu is a community in need of assistance and inspiration. 

The Ntonga Music School in South Africa was one of the locations chosen for the Playing For Change project with the UN Millenium Development Goals. This incredible opportunity gave the students a chance to express themselves through music, by recording songs and organizing workshops. This song is the first release of a series of videos destined to demonstrate that music is a tool for positive change in this world.

One love

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Nov 20, 2013

New Updates from Tamale, Ghana

This year I traveled to my hometown of Tamale, Ghana to oversee the completion of new classrooms and initiate a recording class for the Bizung School of Music & Dance. The construction for the summer hut is complete and recording classes are underway! It has been an exciting year for the Bizung School of Music & Dance.

In addition to the exciting new updates from Ghana, the Playing For Change Foundation has lauched the 'Stand By Me' Scholarship Program. Stand By Me Scholarships provide funding for students, including those at the Bizung School of Music and Dance to attend PFCF music programs for an entire year. Learn more at http://playingforchange.org/stand_by_me. 

Being home with the students in October, I saw how much the kids really give and share their knowledge and ideas with one another and help each other learn. These kids have the inspiration and will to learn. It's great to be able to go there and not only teach but also jam and feel the rhythm from these kids and the energy that they bring every day to school. It lifts me up and I LOVE THEM!


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