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 28, 2016

Thank You for Supporting Renovations in Kirina!

Beginners with djembe teacher Modibo Traore
Beginners with djembe teacher Modibo Traore

The students are continuing to receive classes in dance, kora, djembe, and the traditions of the griot. One of the advanced djembe students, Adama Diawara, expresses his gratitude for the gift that the École de Musique de Kirina has given him: "I'm very happy I'm very good in Djembe. I thank PFC/PFCF and all who are helping them to give us the opportunity to be trained for a better future. Thank you all."

We are also happy to announce that the school has been able to make some much-needed repairs. These renovations include: cement floors for three of the classrooms, sheet metal and plywood to reinforce the roof and ceilings, sand and stonework, a fresh coat of paint, a sound system and generator, and repairs to broken instruments. Thanks to everyone who is helping with the upgrades - the school is going to be better than ever!

Koras that needed repairs
Koras that needed repairs
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!
Oct 30, 2015

Playing For Change Day celebrated in Kirina, Mali!

I’Ecole de Musique de Kirina brought everyone in Kirina together to celebrate. It is the 5th consecutive year the PFCF music school in Mali has participated in PFC Day. This year's celebration included performances by students, teachers, special guests and some of Mali's finest musicians. The most exciting part about Playing For Change Day is the students were able showcase what they've learned at the school for their community and the world.

In addition to the performances, for the first time the administrators and teachers in Mali were able to film the event and create their own video (a laptop and microphone that were donated to the program earlier this year). We’re sharing the video with you to see the beautiful ways your contribution has made an impact in the lives of the children in Mali, their families and the community of Kirina.

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Jul 15, 2015

A Teacher's Life Is Changed: Meet Seidou Kone + 30% Bonus Matching Day!

30% Bonus Day on Wednesday, July 15th! GlobalGiving is offering a 30% match on all donations, while funds remain. Matching begins at 9:00 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time. Click here at 9:00 Wednesday morning to make your gift!

More often than not, when you read about music education, you hear about all the benefits learning music can have on a child: more self-esteem, better collaboration with peers, and increased learning in primary school, to name a few. The benefits of these programs extend beyond the students participating in them, however; the seed of change that is planted in the school grows to include the teachers, their families, and the communities they live in.

Seidou Kone teaches percussion at the PFCF music school in Mali. He carries his drum on his back and rides his bicycle 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from his home in Nafadji, where he lives with his family, to the village of Kirina to give drum lessons.

Seidou is a talented musician and a joyful teacher—someone his students can look up to and learn from—and as much passion and effort as he puts into teaching, the school gives something back to him, too. He teaches students about rhythm and music, and gains pride from keeping their cultural traditions alive. He puts his time and energy into the school, and is able to help support his family.

“Being a teacher at the school has significantly changed my life,” he says. “I have better harvests now because I can buy fertilizers and tools, so it has also helped [my family’s] nourishment issues.”

When you support PFCF music education programs, not only are you creating a learning opportunity for the students, you are providing the opportunity for teachers like Seidou and their families to live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

“I am very much respected in the village. Now I can afford to satisfy my needs, thanks to the work I’m doing.”

Thank you for making it possible for Seidou, and all of the PFCF music teachers, to continue sharing their wisdom and knowledge with the students. They are living examples for many of these kids, showing them that with education and hard work, the future can be bright. 

Seidou Kone, his wife, and seven children
Seidou Kone, his wife, and seven children
Seidou Kone and Students in Percussion Class
Seidou Kone and Students in Percussion Class

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