In response to the enthusiasm of those inspired by “Songs Around the World” and the mission of the Playing For Change Foundation, Playing For Change Day was created in 2011 to unite the global community through the power of music to affect positive social change. On Playing For Change Day, 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.
In 2014, Playing For Change Day resulted in over 400+ events in 61 countries on 6 continents, raising nearly $150,000 to provide instruments, music instruction, and inspiration for kids and youth - all thanks to dedicated individuals just like you. Your PFC Day fundraising efforts will help provide free classes in dance, instruments, languages, and music theory for children, instructed by qualified local teachers in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Nepal, South Africa, Thailand and United States.
This day of music, peace, and change keeps instruments, music instruction, and inspiration flowing to children around the world. Your donation and/or participation contributes to a positive vibration that connects and inspires us all.
One World, One Voice, One Day.
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, PFCF has created twelve music schools and programs in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand, and United States. Each week more than 800 young people attend free classes in dance, instruments, languages, and musical theory, all taught by qualified local teachers. We are constantly working to strengthen our existing programs and to expand our programmatic reach worldwide.
Projects also help meet essential needs of the larger community, including the provision of aid such as food, clean water, medicine, clothes, books, school supplies, solar energy, computers, and other modern technology. Over 15,000 people have been impacted by the Foundation’s community development and empowerment efforts throughout our program regions and beyond.
Annual program evaluations reinforce the real and positive impact of music education and demonstrate change in action. When children play music together, collaboration increases and conflict is reduced. And critically important to children, particularly those who are vulnerable due to poverty, conflict, drugs, and neglect, is that learning music increases self-esteem and fosters resilience and joy.
Every program teaches children about their own heritage and cultural traditions and connects them in dynamic ways with other children around the world. Local leadership ensures that programs evolve in ways that are most relevant to the needs of children and their communities.
Playing For Change Day is a unique opportunity to advance our mission and make even greater connections as we come together to play for change. We are so grateful for all of the generous support, and we’re excited to be working with the global community to create the 6th Annual Playing For Change Day in 2016! To learn even more about our programs and who we are, please visit the About page on the PFCF’s primary website.
Playing For Change Day was originally established to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Peace, which takes place each year on September 21st (occurring on a Wednesday in 2016). Playing For Change Day is held on the nearest Saturday each year so that participants can devote more time on the weekend to putting on or attending stellar events. Along with thousands of other organizations worldwide, we are participating in the Culture of Peace Initiative, in cooperation with Pathways To Peace, to raise awareness of the International Day of Peace and the year-round effort to transform society from a culture of competition and violence to a culture of cooperation and peace. To this end, Playing For Change Day concerts will be held in hundreds of cities and towns across our planet to celebrate humanity's unity and also to raise funds for music education.