The PFC Foundation receives the Polar Music Prize!

We are humbled, honored, and grateful to announce that The Playing For Change Foundation is a 2019 Polar Music Prize Laureate along with hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash, and violinist, Anne-Sophie Mutter. The Polar Music Prize is an award that celebrates the power and importance of music by internationally recognizing excellence in the world of music. Past laureates include Sting, B.B. … Read More

Damon Albarn visits our school in Mali

“Last week we had the pleasure to receive the visit of our great friend and supporter Damon Albarn at Ecole de Musique de Kirina, in Mali. Damon has been supporting the music school since his first visit in 2015.  Thanks to Damon’s financial help we have been able to create a water distribution network in … Read More

The Blues Goes Back To Its African Roots pt. 2

Our short film “From Mississippi to the Saharan Desert” is out! It tracks the music residency hosted by the Joudour Sahara Music Program with musicians Vasti Jackson, Maya Kyles, and local musicians from the M’hamid region of southern Morocco, and the incredible musical journey that resulted after the residency. Two weeks, blues day and night, … Read More

Keyboard teacher

Fardin Rahman

Keyboard and music theory teacher Mirpur Music program, Dhaka, Bangladesh Fardin is a young keyboard player from Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is studying Bachelor in English literature at the Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT). He learned keyboard and song composing in Dhaka and started to provide keyboard and music theory lessons to the children of the Mirpur Music Program … Read More

To Help Each Other

To Help Each Other | Mirpur Music Program – Dhaka, Bangladesh   To the world they may be just a teacher, but to the students that are heroes. Meet Tuhin and Raju from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Together they have created the Mirpur Music Program with the goal of teaching disadvantaged youth living in slum conditions outside … Read More

The Blues Goes Back To Its African Roots

This week in the Sahara desert we have the immense privilege to host a musical residency with maestro Vasti Jackson, a Grammy nominated blues musician from Mississippi, who has worked with Playing For Change for years, and Maya Kyles, a very talented young drummer from Mississippi as well. The two are working with local musicians … Read More

Giving Opens The Way

We make a life by what we give. The short film GIVING OPENS THE WAY is an inspirational story about how a righteous donation reaches out and touches hearts halfway around the world for three young girls in remote Tintale Village, Nepal. On behalf of the villagers, we thank Dustin for initiating this special action … Read More

The Valley of Light Project

Our vision is to create a Power Ballad that captures the beautiful, authentic, timeless spirit of Nepal and its international singers and musicians that rock or will rock Nepal! The heart of the project for recording and filming “The Valley of Light” is to increase global awareness around Nepal: Two devastating earthquakes in 2015 and a … Read More


Last Sunday was held once again an amazing music festival in Cala Llonga, Ibiza, to support the mission of the PFC Foundation to bring music, hope and inspiration to children around the world. A huge thank you to the Ibiza team, who put together this incredible event, as well as to all the artists and … Read More

A tribute to Jaime Sarrantonio

Jaime Sarrantonio,  September 1, 1987 – August 17, 2018 Jaime Sarrantonio with a curious mind and an adventurous spirit, in her 30 years did more living than most.  A lifelong lover of music at the tender age of 5 she found a connection in the songs of Jimmy Buffet which she carried throughout her life. … Read More

A huge Thank You from Mali

“I would like to express the gratefulness of all the inhabitants of Kirina. To tell the truth victims were in a situation of distress in this very difficult period now. Indeed, due to the destruction of the houses caused by the torrential rains August, 12th and 13th, 2018. (We) were not surprised to see you stand … Read More

Playing For Change Day 2018 : Call to Action video PLAYING FOR CHANGE DAY was created in 2011 to unite the global community through the power of music. 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 … Read More

Balafon Performance | Kirina, Mali Ecole de Musique de Kirina- Mali PFCF music students Lamine and Moussa Kouyate at the École De Musique de Kirina dedicate their performance of the balafon  to the PFCF family and community.

My return to Ghana

    By Thea Karki One of the things that struck me during my return trip to Ghana was talent, and how it can come from almost anywhere. And that when it is recognized and cultivated incredible things can happen. The first day I visited the Bizung School I sat in a classroom talking to the … Read More

Music And Dance at Bizung (Ghana)

  In early July, students from Tufts University traveled to Ghana to visit the Bizung School of Music & Dance. While the students were there they learned about the local culture through traditional African drumming and dance classes; in addition they had the opportunity to exchange ideas and share their culture with the students and … Read More

Feel The Heat ! William Aura reports from Tintale, Nepal

On the road again. PFCF Nepal administrator Ishor Bajracharya and myself depart Lalitpur on a rock n’ roll 10-hour jeep ride to remote Tintale village in the Udayapur district of Eastern Nepal. Traveling this route is usually grueling especially when experiencing an Indian-style heat-wave that without any air conditioning quickly reaches the point of being … Read More

A vocal lesson at the Imvula Music Program in South Africa

Imvula Music Program, Gugulethu, South Africa Check out this beautiful video from the Imvula Music Program Sowabo Primary School vocal students preparing for a local choir contest .  This program brings music education to several primary & secondary schools in the Township of #Gugulethu, outside of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. One interesting thing is that this vocal class, as … Read More

Join William Aura in Bangladesh

PFCF Asian program director, William Aura visits the Mirpur Music Program, in Dhaka, Bangladesh WE HAVE ARRIVED IN DHAKA Ishor, Shyam and myself were picked up at the airport by Tuhin and Raju of the PFCF music program here. All of us are enjoying learning about Bangala culture. We share food, get to know each … Read More

Ecole de Musique de Kirina celebrates International Jazz Day de Musique de Kirina- MaliPFCF students at École De Musique de Kirina celebrate International Jazz Day with a special music lesson on jazz for the school’s teachers and students. This lesson covers the history and importance of jazz as well as practicing jazz on traditional Malian instruments, reminding us of the important African roots of jazz music.

Bringing Joy to the Township

  This afternoon has been very special for our music students at the Vuyani Primary School, in Gugulethu (Imvula Music Program), as they received the visit of three amazing musicians from the Republic Democratic of the Congo: Mermans Mosengo, from the Playing For Change Band, Papy « Fou de Son », and Glody, a young and talented … Read More

Listen To The Music, Change The World!

We are happy to announce that the newest Playing For Change album will be available on April 20th! > 100% of Playing For Change’s profits from this album will go to the Playing For Change Foundation Listen to the Music, available April 20th, 2018, is Playing For Change’s newest body of work comprising 12 new … Read More

Have You Ever Heard A Song In Tamazight?

Joudour Sahara Music Program Kasem Jardouj is a local musician from the small village of Regabi outside of M’hamid el Ghizlane. He is a self-taught musician, and in February of 2018 went on a tour with local band Generation Taragalte in Mali as part of the Cultural Caravan of Peace. He belongs to the Amazigh … Read More

A Female Guitarist In Mali??

Meet Oumou Koulsoum Diarra, a young musician who conducts workshops to the students at Playing For Change Foundation’s Ecole de Musique de Kirina in Mali. Her presence as one of the only female instrumentalists in the area is significant, and serves as an inspiration to the girls she teaches. Here she explains how the school has impacted her … Read More

An Award For The Mothers

We’re proud to announce that the Adolf Busch Award, an organization dedicated to recognizing and rewarding individuals and organizations that use music for social good, honored the Playing For Change Foundation with their annual reward, specifically to the Tintale Village Mother’s Society. The $5,000 award will support the Tintale Village Mother’s Society, located in the remote Udayapur District … Read More