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. 

New Music School in Brazil

The PFC Foundation is launching its first music program in South America in Curitiba, Brazil, thanks to the amazing work of a community that decided to take action through the power of music. Having hosted a record-breaking PFC Day 2014 extravaganza boasting over 100 performances throughout the city, as well as a sold-out PFC Band concert for over 1,400, the Curitiba team inspires all of us and has ignited the PFC passion among the people in Brazil.

Thank You For Believing | Bangkok, Thailand

Khlong Toey Music program founders Aom Amm and Gigi have created a very special program that meets the needs of young children at risk in a notoriously dangerous district in Bangkok, Thailand. In this video production Gigi expresses her heartfelt emotion as she reads a letter of gratitude from PFCF contributor and compassionate heart Judi. You will also meet KTMP Music student Lui. She has discovered a most profound passion for music through our program. She now believes life offers viable alternatives to her often-violent world. This is moving work. And this is what we do.

“Music Gives Us Peace” | Kathmandu, Nepal

In Nepal, there is no government aid for the poor. Annual per capita income is $700 USD. Only 44% of women and girls are literate.
PFCF has come to benefit a special home for underprivileged children in Kathmandu, and this is their story.

PFC Day 2014 Slideshow

PFC Day 2014 featured more than 450 grassroots events in 60 different countries worldwide, all put together by passionate and dedicated individuals who wanted to make a difference. Take a look at just some of the events people organized to help spread awareness of the PFC movement and support PFCF's global music education programs!


Building the Dream | Tintale Village, Nepal

In Tintale Village in rural Nepal, we have been privileged to partner with the Aura Imports Sponsorship Project, which began by building a school there in 2009. With your help, we brought music education to the school.This past year, generous support generated through the PFC Foundation enabled us to add two new rooms to the school to expand the music program and create a cyber-café.

Through ongoing partnerships the village now has solar power, computers and regular connection to the internet for the first time. Last year, volunteer partners also provided vital medical support to the community.

PFC Day 2014: Call to Action

On September 20th, 2014, musicians and music lovers will gather on stages, street corners, and schools for a global day of action to bring music into the lives of children and to promote positive social change everywhere. Join the movement by finding an event or creating your own at playingforchangeday.org
One World, One Voice, One Day.

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.

Playing For Change Day 2013

Over 315 events in 56 countries worldwide celebrated 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