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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange

Mission: We are dedicated to creating positive social change through music education.

Results: Nine music schools and programs have been created in South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Nepal and Thailand. More than 700 kids attend free classes in dance, instruments, languages and musical theory, all taught by qualified local teachers. Projects also meet basic needs for some of the world’s most economically vulnerable children. This includes primary education, literacy, and the provision of humanitarian aid such as food, medicine, clothes, books and school supplies. Solar light and energy, laptop computers, and other modern technology have also been introduced in areas where previously unavailable.

Target demographics: provide music and inspiration to children

Geographic areas served: Africa, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand, USA

Programs: free classes in music, dance, instruments, languages and musical theory, all taught by qualified local teachers Projects also meet basic needs for some of the world’s most economically vulnerable children. This includes primary education, literacy, and humanitarian aid such as food, medicine, clothes, books and school supplies. Solar light and energy, laptop computers, and other modern technology have also been introduced in areas where previously unavailable.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 Hannah30

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have helped to organise a fund-raising event annually for the last three years in the Uk for the Playing for Change organisation; primarily because I agree with their philosophy that music is a unifying force and language in a very fragmented world, and secondarily because it is good to see the fruits of this fund-raising benefitting children and young people all over the world through musical education. I know the events we have held in Cumbria (Uk) have been life-changing in a most positive way for all who have participated and attended as well as for all those who have benefitted from the money raised. I hope and trust that Playing for Change will continue to grow and help change the world for the better. Hannah Appleyard

Comments ( 1 )

shauna Thank you so much for sharing these positive words, Hannah! We are so grateful to YOU for being part of the movement and for mobilizing your local community in support of the global community. Your efforts have, indeed, been life changing for many. One Love!

Donor

Rating: 5

Playing For Change Foundation is doing some AMAZING work around the world. I am happy and grateful to have contributed to an organization that is bringing hope and change into the lives of children! One Love!!

Phyll R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Playing for Change live up to their name because they are making a change in so many peoples lives..myself included. It brings so much joy to my heart & soul. The music is amazing & all the artists are so loving & humble...they are like a family to me. What they do for the children is truly amazing...they are the future & all children should know what love feels like...music does that. Lifting their spirits by learning to play an instrument & dance. From the moment I watched the documentary I knew I wanted to help. Also what they have done in Nepal after the earthquake...building shelters for families & giving sewing machines to women to give them a chance to make a living. The first song I heard was Stand by me & it blew me away how Mark Johnson travelled the world & put all these amazing artists together through song. I have done a couple of events on Playing for Change Day dancing to their music & this year I was so lucky to be in Ibiza for that day it was an amazing experience! PFC I stand by you! Keep up the awesome work you do! One Love & peace all over the world ❤

1 Andr3

Donor

Rating: 5

Be happy music club had the opportunity to work together with playing for change and it was an amazing experience! We could feel that is a work done with their heart rather than anything else and this is the reason why we will keep supporting them :)

Jane57

Donor

Rating: 5

Years ago I heard Grandpa Elliot singing on Royal street in New Orleans and I thought I had stumbled upon an angel. The last time I saw Grandpa Elliot in New Orleans I got his CD Sugar Sweet and later the Stand by Me CD. The first time I listened to the CD and watched the dvd I cried and smiled so big! I felt a deep heart connection to all the musicians in the Stand by Me video and I feel the same heart connection to the many musicians around the world who are making such a difference not only in the world but in the communities and in the lives of so many children. PFC is a true blessing on the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Playing for Change since their first CD. I was already a big fan of Grandpa Elliot, Washboard Chaz, and Roberto Luti,from my New Orleans days .I have never felt more inspired or moved by a group of musicians.They have such heart and soul I have no doubt their music and voices will change the world. What they are doing for the children and generations to come is the greatest gift imaginable. God bless them and the Playing for Change Foundation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about Playing For Change Foundation through our public television station and through some good friends and neighbors. I believe in their mission to achieve world peace and harmony through music and education. I am a preschool teacher in Los Angeles, CA. and work with many diverse children and families. Playing for Change is making a real positive difference in the lives of many children and their communities throughout the world. Through music education they have actively lifted up whole communities and built worldwide relationships that benefit many. They stand behind their mission statement and their goals. I can't think of an organization that deserves more support. They do great important work to improve the quality of life on our planet and they bring our world together through harmony of spirit, love, peace, creativity and dedication to higher values for humanity. This nonprofit brings joy, improved community health and education to a wide variety of people worldwide and I hope it continues to expand its scope and borders to reach more people around the world.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I really did want to give to this place, but... I went to their website and they did not have a phone number or an address to find out what percentage of the money you donated actually helped out these people.