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...
Sep 3, 2013

Meet Ntonga music student, Bongiwe

Music is a tool for social change and a vector of expression for people who live in difficult conditions. No where is that more evident than the Ntonga Music School in Gugulethu, South Africa. The true testament, for us of the power of music and it's incredible ability to change is the progress we see in our students. One of those students is Bongiwe, she is the shining star of the saxophone class. 

As Bongiwe told us, "Music distracts us from doing wrong things and it is a tool to reduce crime. I wish politicians would give us the opportunity to open more music schools in South Africa."

Although Gugulethu, like many places in the world is still struggling to rise from the past and forge a better future there is hope in the young.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to help make this world a better place, one instrument, one young person, one community at a time. 

 

 

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Sep 3, 2013

News plans for Ecole de Musique de Kirina

Xylophone instruction
Xylophone instruction

With the new program plan worked out by the Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF) team, we're going to initiate and encourage our female students to play more traditional instruments. The idea of girls playing traditional instruments is strange and new for the community of Kirina, but not forbidden. We're also excited to introduce songwriting and song creation to all of our students. 

Our Teachers, Bobo Keita, the Djembé teacher, Karounga Diabaté, the Balafon (Xylophone) teacher, Ladji Diabaté, the Kora teacher, Mountaga Sissoko, the Taman (talking drum) and Ngoni (traditional guitar) teacher, Oumou Mariko, the dance and song teacher and hopefully other guest musicians from other parts of Mali will be here to help.


"We are Playing for Change"

 


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Jul 10, 2013

Khlong Toey music program is ready for PFC Day!

Our fantastic team in Bangkok, Thailand is already hard at work planning their 1Love PFC Day event for 2013. 1Love Playing For Change Day unites a global community through the power of music to affect positive social change. Communities will gather on September 21 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.

It's very exciting to have Thailand represented for the second year, this time with our students at Khlong Toey!

The students and teachers were in the studio working on a new song and video that will be used to promote their 1Love PFC Day event thoroughout Thailand. The students are receiving an incredible opportunity to not only learn music, but also experience a recording studio and a chance to perform in front of a live audience. Everyone at PFCF are grateful to the teachers and leaders of the Khlong Toey program for the invaluable skills and inspiration they're providing the kids.  

PFCF's newest program is taking off in amazing ways! We're so proud of everyone involved. We can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings, especially September 21. 

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