Playing for Change: inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music
Playing for Change is a multimedia music project created by producer Mark Johnson and his Timeless Media Group, that seeks to bring together musicians from around the globe. Playing For Change also created a separate non-profit organization called the Playing For Change Foundation which builds music schools for children around the world. The project started in 2004 with the organization’s self described goal to “inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music”. The creators of the project traveled around the world to places such as New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, Middle East, and Ireland. Using a mobile recording studio, they had local musicians perform the same song, interpreted into their own style.
We are dedicated to creating positive change through music & arts education
The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources to musicians and their communities around the world.
What We DoThe Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to creating positive social change through music education. We are driven by the belief that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music. By providing children a safe place to learn, flourish and express themselves, PFCF helps provide a creative alternative to the struggles many of these children face daily. Music’s global impacts are explored via interaction with other schools, students, teachers and musical traditions. Our music schools are designed to benefit the students and the communities where they live. Each school belongs to its local community. Materials and labor for the buildings are locally sourced and supplied. When possible, instruments are made by and purchased from local artisans, classes are taught by local teachers, and the schools are owned and administered by local community members. The community is invested in the success of its school.
Who We HelpMany of the regions the Playing For Change Foundation works within suffer from extreme poverty, lack of basic resources, limited medical care and educational resources, past conflicts and genocide, unstable governments, and a host of infectious diseases.Thanks to the amazing people we have met on our journey– people in the poorest towns and villages who still manage to find hope in the midst of their daily struggles– we believe now more than ever in the resiliency of the human spirit, and in music’s ability to transform a dire situation into a hopeful one.
Where We're GoingIn our ongoing effort to connect the world through music, our direction has been shaped by where we have been and by those who have inspired us along the way. With this in mind, we strive to:
- Continue progress and foster sustainability with schools currently in development.
- Develop new music schools and programs in new regions.
- Establish valuable partnerships and collaborate with other organizations.
- Expand the opportunities and resources available to communities in need.
- Offer opportunities for our supporting community of donors continue to be involved.
- To be an access point for various forms of aid, including to clean water, electricity, and medical resources
- Create positive change through music education.
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Create Your Own CampaignBuilding awareness and raising money for the Playing For Change Foundation can come in infinite forms. Use your unique talents, or brainstorm with your peers for a fundraising idea in partnership with us. Many individuals and corporations alike have found a causal link with their capabilities and our mission. The collective vision of our musicians inspired us; how can our cause to support them inspire you to plan and execute a successful campaign?
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Host a Concert or EventPlanning a nonprofit music benefit concert or event will take organization and time, but it can be a rewarding experience for everyone involved. There are many people, such as performers in the arts, who are willing to provide their services in support of a cause. Perhaps you are musician and would like to host a concert for one of our schools? Would you like to screen a film about Playing For Change with your community to raise money for our Foundation? One of the best ways to raise money for schools of music is through musical events of any size.
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