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...
May 6, 2014

A New Well in Kirina, Mali

Village children try out the new well
Village children try out the new well's pumps.

We have great news to share with you along with our thanks!!!

On March 8 a new well, solar pump and water tank were installed in Kirina, Mali!! It has been a dream of ours for some time to provide more water to this village of 2,000 residents where I'Ecole de Musique de Kirina is located. Thanks to the generous support from our donors and partners - to help source the water, install the well and sustain a vibrant school of music and dance that now serves more than 200 children - villagers in Kirina will now have access to more clean water every day!!!

This is a shining example of how music can serve as a vital anchor for all kinds of positive change. For all Playing For Change Foundation programs, we start with the music because it's the core, the basis of community connection. The incredible assistance we receive through partnerships and collaborations provides essential hope and inspiration as well. 

Thank you for being a part of the music school in Mali and for your love and support of children in all of our programs. 

The new well in the village has a solar pump.
The new well in the village has a solar pump.


Feb 28, 2014

Music to My Ears

This postcard is submitted by Chi Nguyen, our In-The-Field Representative who is traveling through Southern Africa.

On the morning of Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, I was able to visit Pokie and Derrick of Ntonga Music School. Although it was too early for the younger ones to arrive at Ntonga, I was able to witness Pokie giving a one-on-one bass lesson to an older student of his. When asked how he enjoyed Ntonga, a huge smile spread across the blossoming bass player's face and he said, "I love it. I come here every day, every single day, before work. It is my passion."

I watched as the two of them improvised a duet together, both of them rocking back and forth, lost in the music. What a wonderful way to start off the day indeed.

Feb 26, 2014

Bringing Music to more children in Ghana!

Exciting things are happening at the Bizung School of Music and Dance! We have expanded in amazing ways to bring music and dance to even more children in Tamale, Ghana. Our teachers and administrators were concerned that some of our brightest existing students would be unable to continue taking music classes due to personal circumstances that made it difficult for them to travel to the school. Thanks to the leadership of Bizung Music School Founder Mohammed Alidu and a very generous donation, the Bizung School of Music & Dance now has a van!

The van will not only allow dedicated music students to continue their lessons, but it will also expand our reach to even more children within the greater community of Tamale. By simply adding a source of transportation to the school, we can now improve more young lives and impact a larger community through the beauty of music.


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