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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Arts Services, Music

Mission: Pianos for Peace uplifts lives and transforms communities by engaging artists in volunteer service programs to make the arts accessible to all. We unite communities by building peace through music and education.

Results: Pianos for Peace impacts 20,000 Atlanta public schools students and 500 nursing home residents and hospital patients. We have reached 1+ million Atlantans and visitors via the annual Pianos for Peace Festival, one of the largest public art displays in Atlanta with 88 colorful painted pianos in 2019 for everyone to enjoy.

Target demographics: Under-resourced schools, healthcare facilities and community organizations in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Impacted 20,000 students in 63 schools mainly in underserved communities. Served 1.2 million during the annual Pianos for Peace festival. Engaged 64 artists and 57 musicians who served 436 residents in nursing homes. Donated 95 painted pianos to schools, nursing homes and organizations in need.

Geographic areas served: The Greater Metro Atlanta.

Programs: Pianos for Peace serve the community through three main programs: Community Arts, Music Therapy and Arts Education. Each program is defined by the needs of our partner communities, the volunteer service of artists. and by our commitment to build peace through music and education.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sara Trotman W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the past 2 years, Pianos for Peace has donated 22 instruments to elementary, middle, and high schools across Atlanta Public Schools, which has impacted nearly 19,000 students. Not only has Pianos for Peace brought the gift of music to our students, but have also provided a blank canvas for our visual art students to create their own masterpieces. In addition, Pianos for Peace Founder and CEO Malek Jandali continually strives to provide programming opportunities for our students. This past year, he was featured on the Grady High School Orchestra concert, where he worked with talented and hard-working students to provide an opportunity to perform with a world-renowned composer and pianist. Over the course of the next year, at least 30 additional pianos will be distributed throughout the district, which will impact the arts education of an additional 20,000 students. Furthermore, Mr. Jandali will provide more programming to our underserved and special needs students. The organization is vital to the community and the children of Atlanta.

Rebecca S.7

Donor

Rating: 5

Pianos for Peace is an amazing organization that spreads music and love in public spaces. Malek Jandali is an inspiration to all!

Heart C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pianos for Peace does such an amazing job in the Metro Atlanta Community by supporting and promoting the importance of Music Education. Our music school (Music from the Heart Fine Arts), has greatly benefited through the generous donations of Pianos for Peace. Not only were we deeply fortunate to receive the piano displayed in the atrium of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but this organization constantly gives many aspiring musicians a strong platform to perform. We strongly support the mission at Pianos for Peace!

"Music from the Heart Fine Arts"

Donor

Rating: 5

One of The best charity’s I have ever been involved in . Such a great organization I’m so happy to be a part of .

1 Syd M. M.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most wonderful charitable causes that I have ever been involved in.

1 sjemhoff

Donor

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization! Music is so important to our daily lives & Pianos for Peace makes it more accessible and brings communities together.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It always brightens my day when I’m around town and I see a beautifully painted Pianos for Peace piano in a public place. And when someone sits down to play some music, it warms my heart! I really wish the city of Atlanta and the state Georgia would put a higher priority on funding the arts and promoting wonderful organizations like Pianos for Peace! Music brings people together. And we need to unity now more than ever.

1 Ambassador4Peace

Donor

Rating: 5

I strongly support this charity and their mission. Truly enjoyed working with this creative group. So much heart and soul behind the innovative programs. Can't wait to see all the AMAZING pianos and work they do.

1 NursingHome

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Pianos for Peace for a couple of years now. The staff are accommodating and very professional in their day-to-day operation. When we couldn't initially make our schedules work they went above and beyond to find a way for our kiddos to have an opportunity to have music therapy in our area. They not only awarded us a beautiful painted piano but have been actively seeking a professional therapist for us to facilitate a monthly session on our side of town! On behalf of Brenan Towers Nursing Home we are beyond thankful to have their support in our community and for our elderly residents.

1 Artist-Volunteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The information I received, the resources I have had available, and the support for my efforts in teaching music under the sponsorship of Pianos for Peace has been invaluable. Without this, the school at which I volunteer would not have a music program for the younger students.

Pianos for Peace is one of the best non-profits that effectively and efficiently puts music education into schools. The organization is led by dedicated staff and volunteers that feel passionate about the importance of having music as a part of the school curriculum, especially in under-resourced communities. THANK YOU!

1 041225

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I happened to be in the airport the day that Pianos for Peace had their closing ceremony there. WOW! Those kids are so talented - they sang their hearts out. It was so awesome that SO MANY travelers just stopped to listen and sing with them. I almost missed my flight! I found out later that those pianos are donated to schools, and that blew me away. What an amazing concept - Pianos for Peace is really invaluable to the community.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pianos for Peace is doing so much good work in the community! It was so cool to see a piano just in the middle of downtown, and people were stopping to play and sing. I even saw several homeless people play on the pianos, and passersby were leaving them tips!! That was just the best thing. I hope this organization continues doing what they do, and putting pianos all over town.

2 VTMusician

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a special treat it was to go to the town square in Woodstock, VT, and see this beautiful piano! I had not heard of Pianos for Peace before, so I looked them up and was super impressed with what they do. They had a fantastic concert in the square that was free, open to the public, and included local student musicians. It was so much fun, but the best part was that the piano was then donated to a local school! How wonderful is that? What a great organization - I will continue to support them in the future.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Pianos for Peace since it was a vision of the founder, Malek Jandali. From there, it has grown into a movement with the audacious goal of changing the world through music. Every year in September when beautifully-decorated pianos fill public spaces throughout the city of Atlanta, culminating with a concert at the world's busiest airport, it stirs the soul and confirms the power of music and the human imagination.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I own a private preschool - Little Creek Academy in Johns Creek, GA and was given a unique opportunity to donate a piano through Pianos for Peace. It was such a wonderful teaching tool for all my classes. Not only did it teach them to all work together to accomplish a common goal but it also showed them how wonderful it feels to do a good deed for someone else. My class took a field trip to a local elementary school for our donation. They loved seeing the classroom where the piano would find its forever home. It was a very rewarding experience and I would recommend any organization to participate.

1 EthanGans-Morse

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We had the good fortune to collaborate with Pianos for Peace to run a special "Peace through Music" program in Oregon last year. Malek Jandali and the Pianos for Peace organization were wonderful to work with, and our community was deeply touched by the pianos, the lectures, and the concerts.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pianos for Peace is one of my very favorite nonprofit organizations to partner with Sharon Forks Library. Having a donated piano for our local high school National Art Honor Society students paint and present to the community to play brings many people together for a common purpose to promote peace. We have partnered with Pianos for Peace the last two years and the enthusiasm from people playing the piano and attending the musical performances is fantastic!