New Beginnings Through Music

  By William Aura We invite you to sit back, relax and join our circle in Tintale village as PFCF student Abhishek Khatri and others rehearse their performance for an upcoming music program presentation. Abhishek’s education is lovingly sponsored by supporter Aline King and we thank her for her dedication. The favored class is led by … Read More

A Dance class in Mali: 360° video

We just returned from an amazing trip to Mali with the PFC crew and recorded this short 360° video of a dance class at Ecole de musique de Kirina, our music school created in 2010 in the ancient griot village of Kirina, Mali. Listen to real african roots percussion and see how our students are … Read More

Taking It To The Streets

  By William Aura It’s time to get streetwise. Here’s our first day of preproduction in Kathmandu shot via iPhone, highlighting a day in the life of PFCF administrator Ishor Bajracharya. There is so much to prepare for this upcoming month. Our team departs via jeep in five days for remote Tintale Village. Among numerous initiatives, … Read More

Encouragement Is Like Oxygen To The Human Spirit

    By William Aura   It continues to be my honor and duty to bring this great spirit of Playing For Change from all of you to our vital music programs in Southeast Asia. I depart for Thailand and Nepal this week. All of us at PFCF are excited to hear the latest news from our hardworking teachers and … Read More

A Story From the Field: Dedicated to Change – Tintale, Nepal

    By William Aura Young Kale Bhujel pays strict attention to studying the harmonium at our Udayapur Music Program located in the remote Tintale Village of Nepal. Thanks to the loving patience of PFCF instructor Ganesh Prasad Regmi, Kale’s passion for learning is insatiable. Kale lives in a stable above the farm animals. His mother … Read More

The Imvula Music Program – South Africa

The Imvula Music Program has been established in the township of Gugulethu, Cape Town South Africa and provides music education to children in different schools across the township: marimba, dance, saxophone among other disciplines are part of  the program.  

Discover our Music School in Mali

  L’ecole de Musique de Kirina opened in 2010 in the village of Kirina in Mali. Kirina holds 700 years of cultural heritage and the school provides classes in most of the Malian traditional instruments as well as dance and languages.  

Introducing The Joudour Sahara Music Program

Joudour Sahara Music Program November 2nd, 2016 – We’re proud to announce the launch of the first phase of a new project in Morroco: the Joudour Sahara Music School. Located in the Sahara desert, in the little town of M’hamid, this new music program will focus on preserving a valuable and ancestral cultural knowledge, and … Read More

Playing For Change Argentina, Work In Progress

The Playing For Change Foundation has now its own branch in Argentina with a fantastic team of people committed to bring positive change through music education across the country. Last November, the PFC band hit the road in Argentina and performed one of its most amazing shows, in Buenos Aires, in front of 8000 people. … Read More

Starting a Garden at the Music School – Kirina, Mali Ecole de Musique de Kirina

Starting a Garden at the Music School – Kirina, Mali

Ecole de Musique de Kirina – Mali – January 2017 Thanks to the support of our donors and a collective effort in the community we were able to successfully find water in the village in 2013 and build the first well in the village equipped with a water tank and a solar pump. The village of … Read More

Bizung Students Perform The Tora Dance

Bizung School of Music & Dance – Ghana Students at the Bizung School of Music and Dance in Tamale, Ghana, perform the Tora Dance surrounded by colorful murals in the courtyard of the school. The Tora Dance is a traditional dance from Northern Ghana performed at the end of the harvest season, or for weddings, … Read More

Are You Ready? Less Than 1 Month Until PFC Day!

We can’t believe our 6th annual Playing For Change Day is just one month away! There are lots of ways to get involved, so don’t fret if you don’t have plans yet.Haven’t registered an event yet? It’s never too late to put some plans together with friends, family, and members of your community to celebrate September … Read More

The Moment We Live For – A Letter from Dinesh Mitrata Music Program - Nepal

The Moment We Live For – A Letter from Dinesh

Dinesh is twelve years old and a student at the Mitrata Nepal Music Program in Kathmandu, Nepal. Each Saturday morning, the students all gather to practice drumming and dancing. Dinesh told us he feels proud because “I get some important knowledge by learning music in the classes.” He is currently working on his skills playing … Read More

Sucess is Not an Accident

“It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.” ~Pele Noi Noi and myself want to thank everyone involved for making our recent mission in Nepal so deeply rewarding. Fearless team leader Ishor Bajracharya and our stellar crew worked very hard under difficult circumstances at times … Read More

A Dream Of Lasting Peace

David Naporo Pick, a devoted Playing For Change fan, supporter, musician, and organizer, has used Playing For Change Day as a way to unite disparate groups and bring his highest hopes and ideals to fruition. His PFC Day journey has already taken him to fantastic and unexpected places, and he has even more in store … Read More

From Shipping Container To Music Studio

We’re embarking on an exciting new endeavor that could take the Imvula Music Program in South Africa to a whole new level. We’ve partnered with a social action and music project in the neighboring township of Philippi, called the Philippi Music Project. The Philippi Music Project (PMP) is a social enterprise offering an infrastructure to … Read More

The PFCF Family In Nepal Needs Your Help

100% of your gift will provide direct support for PFCF students and teachers in Nepal. Any amount will help. May 28th, 2015 – There have been many long and fear-filled days and nights since the earthquake and aftershocks devastated Nepal in early April. We have been in constant communication with our music teachers and friends … Read More

Our team returns

Pictured left to right: Rungnapa Pantakai, William Aura, Ishor Bajracharya and Mana Shrestha Tintale Village Mother´s Society – Tintale Village, Nepal We have safely arrived in Kathmandu from the remote Eastern Terai region known as Udayapur. The area is long overdue for monsoon for quite some time, and the sweltering heat wave is unprecedented. There’s … Read More

A Musical Journey On The Silk Route

Udayapur Music Program – Nepal Sylvain and Mathieu are two modern-day French explorers and filmmakers who set out to follow the ancient silk route from India all the way back to France, riding the whole way on vintage motorcycles with recording gear in tow. The two friends started an association called India on a Bullet, … Read More

Triple Threat At Three Clubs

On the evening of Thursday, March 24th, three young women came together at the Three Clubs bar in Hollywood, California, for an intimate concert performance to share their music and to raise awareness about the work and message of the Playing For Change Foundation. Sixx Carter, Nina Kasuya, and Jazmin Chaidez, known collectively as The … Read More

Choir In Japan Gathers To Uplift Others Through Music

Last month, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, an all-women gospel choir in Osaka, Japan, put on a concert at Miel parque Hall to spread the message of love and peace, and to introduce people in Japan to the PFC movement. The Anointed Mass Choir raised $2,000 at their concert and donated it to support the … Read More

It All Happened Through Music

We were first introduced to Surendra Shrestha and his band, Sur Sudha, nearly ten years ago while filming the documentary, Playing For Change: Peace Through Music. In the years since he has become an advocate for the PFC Foundation, performing at PFCF benefit concerts and visiting programs to perform with students and inspire them to … Read More

Brazil School Gains Ground

On February 6th, Gustavo Fruet, Mayor of Curitiba [the capital of Paraná, Brazil], and Ubiraci Rodrigues, President of the Popular Housing Company of Curitiba (or COHAB), signed a free lease term for transfer of land to the Residents Association of Cajuru. The international organization Playing For Change Foundation will build a music school there that … Read More

Gimme Shelter Project – Nepal Taking action after the earthquake

Gimme Shelter Project – Nepal

  By William Aura   Nepal is no stranger to challenges. Yet this current situation is unprecedented. 28 million people are now facing a severe nationwide humanitarian crisis. The rainy season has come and gone and as winter sets in, government inaction and the Indian block-aid means two million people are still homeless or living in … Read More

Lessons on Life and Rhythm in Anguilla

Feb. 17th, 2016 Albena Lake Hodge Secondary School Anguilla, BWI Last month, 25 students at the Albena Lake Hodge Secondary School in Anguilla spent the morning with Paolo Heman, PFC musician and renowned percussionist who hails from Bahia, Brazil. Paolo introduced the students to traditional Brazilian rhythms and together this new ensemble of percussionists demonstrated … Read More

One Act of Compassion

The Joy Business is alive and well! PFCF students and teachers at Khlong Toey Music Program in Bangkok, Thailand, wanted help their friends in Nepal after the earthquake. They organized an event, and long-time PFC musician and band member, Clarence Bekker, joined the group for a week of workshops, rehearsals and performance. In addition to … Read More

Together We Stand By Them

We held relief events for the kids that included both art and music, and are now providing much-needed stipends to Musica Music Institute program teachers. New sewing machines and a workspace are providing members of our Mother’s Society the opportunity to earn vital income. Thank you for investing in the music and the relief efforts … Read More

Music Unites Schools in Mali and Brazil

November 28th, 2015 – Our beautiful family is growing and we are so grateful! This year, Playing For Change Foundation welcomed new programs and communities in Bangladesh and Brazil, and nearly doubled the number of students we serve. To welcome their new friends to the PFCF family, students and staff at École de Musique de … Read More


November 17th – Mark Danisovszky, an accomplished concert pianist and composer, and William Aura, a veteran musician and music producer and director of PFCF Asian Music Programs, have known each other for more than three decades. The two met on the San Diego music scene and have kept in touch throughout the years, and when Aura began … Read More

CALIFORNIA LOVE: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre

The Playing For Change Foundation, in partnership Mochilla, presents CALIFORNIA LOVE, a live orchestral tribute to legendary producer, MC and hip-hop mogul, Dr Dre. This one-night-only musical event at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles will raise support and awareness for music education and Playing For Change Foundation’s music schools and programs around the … Read More

PFC Day 2015 Video Highlights

With nearly 60 submissions (and counting) there are more Playing For Change Day videos this year than ever before and It’s so fun to see what people all around the world did to celebrate! Watch some of the awesome highlights below, then check out the full playlist here. Our school in Mali, École de Musique … Read More

The 5th Annual PFC Day Is Here!

After months of dreaming-up and organizing more than 300 events, the big day has arrived and we are so excited to celebrate with you. Concerts, performances, and gatherings of all kinds are taking place and you can be a part of it all, whether you’re out at an event or tuning in from home. After … Read More

Benefit Concert In Thailand To Support Nepal

Khlong Toey Music Program – Thailand Numerous musicians, artists and peace lovers from all over the world converged in Bangkok Saturday, June 6th. Nine PFCF Nepali student/musicians including the now famous Nayan Band and administrator Ishor Bajracharya flew in from Kathmandu for their first time in Thailand. Most of these folks have never been outside … Read More

PFC Celebrates The Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary

On July 5th, in honor of The Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary and final show, Playing For Change is releasing a brand new Song Around The World covering The Grateful Dead’s 1970 classic, “Ripple.” Featuring an eclectic cadre of legendary artists, and new and veteran Playing For Change musicians, “Ripple” will be released as the final … Read More

PFCF Represents at Byron Bay Bluesfest

With one of the biggest lineups in recent years showcasing a diverse range of international superstars and bluesfest veterans – there was indeed a unifying spirit in the air. The Byron Bay Bluesfest is Australia’s premiere Blues & Roots Music Festival with more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk, soul and world … Read More

Music In Our Schools? YES!

“Music education matters”. We heard this message loud and clear in the outpouring of support and enthusiatic participation from the Playing For Change community last month. While celebrating Music In Our Schools Month in March, many PFCF students, teachers, parents, community members, and supporters experienced the joy of learning and sharing music, and took action … Read More

A Teacher’s Life is Changed – Mali

Percussion teacher, Seidou Kone, receives us at his home in a village near Kirina, Mali, and explains how working as a teacher at École de Musique de Kirina in Mali, West Africa, has changed his life and how the music school started by Playing For Change Foundation has made a positive impact in the community.

Update From Tamale

For the past two weeks, the students at the Bizung School of Music and Dance and I have been working on a new song. The name of the song is “Zanma Bahi Kan Chan Torani” and it is a traditional song that is accompanied by the Tora Dance. We have been workshopping the piece to … Read More

Students Organize SoundRise Concert To Benefit PFCF

The Crooks performing at SoundRise The SoundRise concert is a project organised by French engineering students who want to have a positive impact on the world. Thus, on the 7th of June, more than two hundred students of the campus in Metz and from the East of France came together to enjoy bands from the … Read More

A New Van for Bizung

  By Benjamin Cohen After about 10 months in Ghana, and a couple more months of fundraising after I returned to San Francisco, I have completed the last unresolved portion of my Fulbright-MTVu Fellowship proposal. Before I left for Ghana, I had hopes of learning about the musical history of Ghana and the current cultural … Read More

Our Gift To You! Tula Dedicates A Song For PFCF Music Students

Tula dedicates a song to our music students from PlayingForChangeFoundation on Vimeo. Playing For Change Band member Tula dedicates a song to our students around the world. This song, called “Sudafrica Canción Antigua”, was written by Uruguayan composer Ruben Rada and is a anthem against racism that advocates for equality between races. Give to music … Read More

Curitiba, Brasil: Centenas De Músicos, Milhares De Pessoas, Um Sonho

A vida pode mudar em um instante. Para a comunidade de Curitiba, Brasil, esse processo começou quando um amigo do jovem empresário Alan Eccel mostrou a ele um video do Playing For Change. “Ele me tocou imediatamente, na hora senti que precisava ajudar de alguma forma”, diz Alan Eccel. Centenas de músicos e milhares de … Read More

10 Days In Tintale Village

My name is Emily Randall, and this Fall I visited the Foundation’s music and art programs throughout Nepal. I’m writing to you today because sometimes when we give, we don’t know how much it will matter. I wanted to take a moment to share with you the incredible impact of your generosity, which I’ve now … Read More

Classrooms Separated By 8,000 Miles Connect Through Music And Art

In the fall of 2013, students from the Multicultural Music Program at Morgantown Learning Academy (MLA) in West Virginia, led by their teacher Jen-Osha Buysse, reached halfway around the world to our students in the Udayapur Music Program in Tintale Village, Nepal. The Nepali children were thrilled to receive a hearty “Namaste” from their new … Read More

Playing For Change Foundation Honored As 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit

For the second year in a row, Playing For Change Foundation has been honored with a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Playing For Change Foundation received – reviews written by volunteers, … Read More

Playing For Change Foundation Honored As 2013 Top-Rated Non-Profit

We’re thrilled to announce the Playing For Change Foundation has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that we received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted … Read More

Qongqothwane (The Click Song)

The students of the Ntonga Music School perform Qongqothwane (“The Click Song”) Qongqothwane is a traditional song of the Xhosa people of South Africa. It is sung at weddings to bring good fortune. In the western world it is mainly known as The Click Song, a nickname given to the song by European colonials who … Read More

Solar Power And Helping Hands Arrive In Tintale Village

October 17, 2013 Tintale Village, Nepal Dear family and friends, Time has passed so quickly. We’ve been in Tintale now for 10 days and I finally have a moment to check in with you. Our internet connection is through an Ncell card and my laptop. It seems to work on a minimal level although uploading … Read More

On September 21st The World Came Together To Play For Change

We Did It! 1Love Playing For Change Day was out of this world! Thanks to the dedicated support of event coordinators, fans, and music lovers like you, there were 316 events in 56 countries celebrating our annual day of music and positive social change. We’re pleased to let you know that we exceeded our goal, … Read More

Return To Tintale Village

October 5, 2013 Katari, Nepal Nameste! Our awesome Nepal team departed Kathmandu yesterday October 5th at 4:30am for the Udayapur district, Katari and Tintale village and we arrived after dark last night. The trip took about 14 hours and we are all very exhausted. Among a few challenges we came upon a bridge that was … Read More

For Pete’s Sake!

In June of 2013, a collection of teachers, students, former students, and parents from Moorlands Elementary School in Kenmore Washington came together to present “With My Own Two Hands – A Musical Celebration of Peace and Community.” The evening was inspired by the “Playing for Change” movement and featured everything from a student choir to … Read More

African and Brazilian Music Workshop in Lisbon, Portugal

A few months ago we were approached by the organization of InArte – International Meetings of Inclusion through the Arts – which has been working for several years on the field of social integration through arts. Every year in Lisbon, Portugal, different seminars, performances and workshops designed to bring together artists, technicians, teachers, psychologists, students, … Read More

One Love Nepal

In recent days, we have joined you and the global community to send our love and thoughts to the people of Nepal. We have been anxious to hear from many treasured members of the Playing For Change family in the wake of the devastating earthquake. With two PFC Foundation music programs located in the hardest-hit … Read More

Los Angeles Music Students Play For Change In First-Ever Practive-A-Thon

Students at The Schuler Music Studio have been working hard over the past few weeks in the studio’s first ever Practice-A-Thon, which saw them raising money for the Playing For Change Foundation. Funds were raised according to the amount of time each student spent in weekly practice at their instruments. “This project is about kids … Read More

Cajuru Music Program : an overview of our music school in Brazil

The Cajuru Music Program , or “Escola Playing For Change” is located in the community of Cajuru, in Curitiba Brazil. The school was created after an amazing benefit concert at the Opera de Arame, where over 1400 people came to see the PFC Band live and support positive change throurgh music. The school offers classes … Read More