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by Playing For Change Foundation
Support Music Education For Nepali Youth!
Support Music Education For Nepali Youth!
Support Music Education For Nepali Youth!
Support Music Education For Nepali Youth!
Support Music Education For Nepali Youth!
Support Music Education For Nepali Youth!
Support Music Education For Nepali Youth!
Support Music Education For Nepali Youth!
Support Music Education For Nepali Youth!
Support Music Education For Nepali Youth!

Hello to all of Playing For Change Foundation's supporters! 

This year, a fulll-length documentary by our very own William Aura, Director of Asian Programs, was shown at the International Folk Music Film Festival in Kathmandu. It's called Butterfly, and is about the PFCF programs we've established in Southeast Asia, and the lives that have been positively impacted thanks to these programs. 

A lot of our teachers, students, and mothers (from the Mother's Society) were able to attend and see themselves on the big screen for the first time ever, which was an amazing experience! While watching the film, they were able to look back at all they've accomplished in their communities, giving them a sense of confidence and pride for their hard work. 

The rest of the audience was mostly Nepalis as well, so many locals learned about Playing For Change Foundation and were able to see how change was being made in their country. 

Overall, it was a huge success in spreading awareness of our mission. Our Nepal team is looking forward to attending again next year! We hope to release Butterfly publicly in the future, so stay tuned for news about that, and as always, thank you for continuing to support Playing For Change Foundation! 

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We have a special treat for our supporters - check out this cover video of the world-famous song "Despacito", performed by students at the Musica Institute! As you can see, the iPads, tripods, and subsequent training lead by our very own William Aura has greatly improved the quality and global reach of their videos! As of this report, the video has gathered over 98,000 views. 

The singer in the above video, was also a contestant on Nepal Idol, and even received a standing ovation from the judges during her audition! Unfortunately, she was not able to advance very far in the competition due to illness, but she was able to make some great connections with potential collaborators and has been performing at various concerts in the country and abroad! 

In addition to smaller projects the students are focusing on (including a Playing For Change music video cover of "Imagine" by John Lennon"!), everyone is practicing hard for the school's upcoming Playing For Change Day event, Musica Music Institute Plays For Change. 

Playing For Change Day was created in 2011 to unite the global community through the power of music. On the 7th annual Playing For Change Day, which will fall on September 23rd, communities will gather as musicians and music lovers from all over the world to perform on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios, and cafes all with the goal of bringing music into the lives of young people.

If you're interested in finding an event near you, or learning more about hosting a PFC Day event, please check out our website for the event at

Again, thank you so much to our loyal group of supporters. Without you, this wouldn't be possible!
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Musica celebrates PFCF's 10th Anniversary!
Musica celebrates PFCF's 10th Anniversary!

Playing For Change Foundation's Music Music Institute in Nepal is one of our biggest programs, with over 50 students attending free music classes each week. The demographic skews a bit older here - most of these students are in their teens to early twenties. Recently a number of bands have formed out of the program, which is great, because it shows that our older students are able to take what they learn in PFCF schools and apply it to their home life too!

Another exciting development was the recent delivery of an iPad Pro and tripod to Musica, thanks to a generous donor. Our goal was to teach the instructors how to use the devices for more effective and engaging storytelling, so we can keep our supporters informed of the struggles these young people face and how music continues to provide them with an outlet for creativity, inspiration, and learning.

Our students in Nepal were incredibly excited, but confused. They had never seen this kind of technology before - it was really fun to watch the reaction on their faces! We began to record their performances and look back at them in order to see and learn from mistakes. As an artist, it is a very powerful tool to be able to see your past performances and learn from them - it also raises self esteem.

There is tremendous potential here, and we have so much work to do. The kids are so excited to hear that there are people around the world wanting to see their performances. They are thrilled to see that someone cares enough to listen to them. They want to show our supporters the results of their hard work.

PFCF Director of Asian Programs, William Aura, plans to return sometime in August or September to conduct further training that will enable the kids to film their own content, and tell their own stories. We will keep you updated!



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Playing For Change Foundation

Location: Santa Monica, CA - USA
Playing For Change Foundation
Thea Nash
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Thea Nash
Santa Monica, CA United States

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