What We Do | About the Playing For Change Foundation

Get a first-hand look at PFCF's music schools and programs, and see the impact music education is making for children and their communities around the world. 

Jean Paul Samputu on Music and Forgiveness | 20 Years After the Genocide

Twenty years ago, Rwandan musician Jean Paul Samputu was one of the few members of his immediate family who was not killed during the genocide. Here, he speaks with us about his journey to survive, to forgive and to begin again. Music was critical to him finding his way.

1Love Playing For Change Day 2013

Over 315 events in 56 countries worldwide celebrated 1Love Playing For Change Day on September 21st, 2013! Thanks to all of our event creators who used their talent and creativity to connect with our Foundation's mission of spreading peace and positive change through music. Visit www.pfcday.org for info on the next PFC Day: September 20, 2014

Stand By Me Scholarship Program

Today, more than 700 children around the world are learning music and dance every week at PFCF schools and programs. Meet some of our current students; they will inspire you. Consider funding a scholarship so that these children and their classmates can experience the joy of music in their lives and they can know what it feels like to have you stand by them. Sponsor a student now at http://playingforchange.org/stand_by_me 

Music Can Stop the War (FEATURE)

We are pleased to present this short documentary film, MUSIC CAN STOP THE WAR, which offers a glimpse into life in Katari and gives the students an opportunity to reveal to us their innermost feelings about the impact of music in their lives. 

Interview with Mphumzi

Mphumzi has been playing drums at the Ntonga music school since the age of ten and was pushed by his uncle, who is a professional Marimba player, to attend the music school. He is now convinced that this instrument is going to change his life and will help him to live a bright future. Mphumzi wants to travel the world to play music and thinks music is helping to reduce crime in the townships. Like most of the children in Gugs, the crime in the township and the lack of jobs worries him and he thinks having more music school would help to improve the situation. 

Interview with Ishowri

Ishowri is a 17 years old young girl who attends music and dance classes at the Mitrata Home in Kathmandu.
Discover how music is changing her life in a positive way through this video interview.

Interview with Samiksha

Samiksha is a young music student at the Udayapur Music Program, located in Katari Nepal. Get to know how music is affecting her life in a positive way through this video interview.

Interview with Nouhoum

Nouhoum is a 15 years old student at Ecole de Musique de Kirina, Mali. He studies percussion since the opening of the school in october 2010 and also attends cases in English and French. Nouhoum is a special child, curious and incredibly clever.

Interview with Chitra, Kathmandu, Nepal

Chitra is a young flute player who lives at the Mitrata home, in Kathmandu and attends classes in our music program. Chitra’s goal is to become a great musician and he believes this effort gives him a chance to make his future bright. He says that PFCF’s support has already made him feel successful in life. Besides music, Chitra is a truly talented drawer. Take a moment to watch this short video interview and discover how Chitra sees the world and is able to express his feelings through art.