HISTORY, MISSION, AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE PLAYING FOR CHANGE FOUNDATION

Playing For Change arose from a common belief that music has the power to connect people regardless of their differences. In 2005, a small group of filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets, started traveling the world with a mobile recording studio to film and record musicians in the places where they lived. In a few years Playing For Change and the Songs Around The World have grown into a global sensation that has touched the lives of millions of people around the globe...

While traveling the world to film and record, the crew got to know the music and people of each community they visited. Those involved wanted to give something back to the musicians who had shared so much with them. In 2007, the Playing for Change Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to create positive change through music and arts education. Over the last decade we've created 15 music schools across 11 countries, most specifically in the developing world, using music as a tool for education and social change.

As one of our students in Nepal stated, “Music is an indispensable part of life -‐ you cannot live without music.” We couldn’t agree more. At the Playing For Change Foundation, we live our lives by this principle and apply it to everything we do.

WHAT WE DO

15 music programs have been created in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Morocco, Mexico, Argentina and Thailand. Every week more than 2,000 young people attend free classes in dance, instruments, languages and musical theory, all taught by qualified local teachers.

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PRINCIPLES

 Economic Empowerment: We use local materials and labor when building, employ locals as teachers and administrative staff in our schools.

Local Leadership: Programs are led and affirmed by local village and community leaders.

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WHERE WE'RE GOING

In our ongoing effort to connect the world through music, our direction has been shaped by where we have been and by those who have inspired us along the way. With this in mind, we strive to:

Continue progress and foster sustainability with schools currently in development

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OUR MUSIC PROGRAMS AROUND THE WORLD

THE TEAM

 

Our team spans over 15 different countries and includes teachers and admins on the ground, staff at our main office in Santa Monica, and board members.