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...
Sep 12, 2014

Preparations for PFC Day 2014 Begin in Kirina, Mali!

The 4th Annual Playing For Change Day is upon us! Saturday, September 20th a global community of musicians and PFC fans of all varieties will perform on stages, cafés, city squares, and street corners worldwide and raise money to bring music into the lives of young people. In response to the enthusiasm of those inspired by 'Songs Around the World' and the mission of the Playing For Change Foundation, PFC Day was created in 2011 so that everyone can get involved and become a part of our global community.

Ecole de Musique de Kirina has been an active participant of PFC Day, creating an event and sharing the joy and love with their community since 2011.

The students and teachers at Ecole de Musique de Kirina are now making preparations for PFC Day 2014! This year's celebration will include performances by students, teachers, special guests and some of Mali's finest musicians. The most exciting part of this PFC Day is the students will showcase what they've learned for their community and the world.

Playing For Change Day has been a valuable and effective way for Playing For Change Foundation programs to gather as a community around the music while also providing an opportunity for the children to perform in front of an audience. As a result of the public performances the music students have increased their confidence, skills and ability to work as a team, on stage and off.

“I’m very happy to be attending the music school which can make my dreams come true. I hope it will be here for many other generation after me.” - Nadjo, age 13

We can't wait to see what happens this year! It's definitely a magical, creative experience not to be missed. We're so happy to share this journey with all of you, and appreciate your generous support.

As they say in Mali, Merci beaucoup and in the native language of Bambara, foli. Thank you!

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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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