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...
Provide Music Education to Children in Mali
The Playing For Change Foundation is creating a brighter future for children in Kirina, Mali, by providing music education, helping to preserve the rich cultural heritage, and supplying vital resources to children and the community. The music school has become a center for community life, while offering dynamic programming to over 200 children every week. The program is now reaching beyond music by providing educational classes, a performance space, and opportunities for clean water. project reportread updates from the field
Bring hope to Thai kids in the Khlong Toey slum
Last year, two music educators were inspired by Playing For Change to create the Khlong Toey Music Program. Now they and four other volunteers teach at the program, which serves children living in Khlong Toey, a large slum in Bangkok, Thailand. Often classes are taught outside in the slum where the children and instructors navigate weather, trash, and other disruptions on a regular basis. Our hope and goal is to provide these children with a stable indoor location for instruction for one year. project reportread updates from the field
Help a South African Community Rebuild with Music
The Ntonga Music School is striving to empower the people of Gugulethu by creating positive opportunities for their community, as well as foster a greater connection to the rest of the world through the sharing of their music. The school is working to connect South Africans beyond the boundaries of Gugulethu; it is a source of pride and inspiration not only for the township, but also for the country. project reportread updates from the field
Provide Music Classes for Children in Nepal
Mitrata means friendship in Nepali. It's a word that epitomizes the meaning of love, care and support. Mitrata Nepal is home to over 100 underprivileged children in Kathmandu, Nepal, who participate in weekly music classes provided by the Playing For Change Foundation. The children look forward to their music classes each week and are grateful for the opportunity to express themselves and learn more about their culture and heritage. project reportread updates from the field
Support Music Education for Children in Ghana
The Bizung School of Music and Dance provides the children of Tamale a safe environment to learn in, as well as the opportunity to share their cultural and musical traditions with other children around the world. Courses are currently offered in drumming, dance, xylophone, gonje, and vocals. For many students taking classes here is their first time attending a school of any kind, as there are currently no other tuition-free schools in the northern region of Ghana. project reportread updates from the field
Build a better future for Rwandan Street Orphans
The Intore Culture & Music Center will give hope, housing and music training to Rwanda's future leaders by providing support to Rwandan street orphans affected by the 1994 genocide.
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