Bring a Music Studio to the Sahara Desert of Morocco

  Since 2016, Joudour Sahara has been the sole driver of youth development and cultural opportunities in M’hamid El Ghizlane. Watch Joudour Sahara Director Halim Sbai and music student Anas Labdaa discuss the impact a music studio can have in the region. Visit our campaign page to learn how you can advocate for change and … Read More

Acapela Choir Performance in Rwanda

The Ubuntu Music Program wraps up the scholar year with a beautiful choir performance during a vocal class with teacher Egide at the Apace secondary School in Kigali. A big shoutout to Ange, for her incredible voice and to the rest of the group for the great work. Mambo Sawa Sawa is a Kenian gospel … Read More

Music Tribe Donates $100,000 to PFCF Programs

In honor of his 60th birthday on April 14th, Music Tribe CEO Uli Behringer made a generous gift of $100,000 to Playing For Change Foundation programs.  With this donation, PFCF will use the money to purchase urgent material resource needs, implement high-impact music education workshops and community cohesion events, and address facility needs across a … Read More

Meet with Abril, from Cinco Saltos, Patagonia, Argentina

PFC Patagonia, Argentina   Watch Abril cover “Breathin” by Ariana Grande and see how participating in our music program in Argentina has positively impacted her life. Abril (aka Abi) joined the PFC Patagonia music program in 2018 at the age of 13 years old. She and her sister Maia joined the program in Cinco Saltos … Read More

March is Music in Our Schools Month!

Music is in our schools – Highlights from Rwanda, Ghana and South Africa

Through this unprecedented situation, we understand that it helps to be innovative, but nothing replaces the in-person experience. In much of Africa, we’ve been fortunate that improved or less severe conditions have allowed us to resume some direct learning bringing students and teachers back together.      In Rwanda, the Ubuntu Music Program continues to … Read More

Reopening at the Khlong Toey Music Program

  By Geraldine Nemrod After over one and half months of lockdown, the classes at KTMP are once again open. Like many other schools around the world, we started the year with closed facilities, turning to the internet and whatever other possibility we have to stay in touch with our students, keep them busy, and support … Read More

Beyond Music

2020 was one of the hardest years on record. Unprecedented health, economic, and educational shocks around the world caused pain, loss, and desperation on a scale never before seen in our lifetimes. It was also a year of incredible compassion and community building. Major social justice issues globally were brought to the forefront in concentrated … Read More

Discover Musical Instruments

Discover musical instruments from around the world. This page is an educational tool for young musicians and music educators. Click on an instrument to learn more about it, listen to it and watch amazing video performances for more than 25 musical instruments. Teach your students to identify musical instruments and use the musical instrument playlist … Read More

Dance classes at the Cajuru Music Program in Brazil

Dance classes at the Cajuru Music Program Dance classes at the Cajuru Music Program started in April 2016. Taught by Professor Marilia Zamilian, these classes aimed to develop body skills through recreational practices, dance techniques, and improvisation games.  Getting to know the students closely and observing the social context within the community, Marilia changed her … Read More

Providing Emergency Supplies to the Village of Kirina, Mali

  Our staff at Ecole de Musique de Kirina just came back from providing emergency resources throughout the community of Kirina, where the situation regarding basic supplies has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to the amazing and continuous support of musician , we’ve been able to purchase 3 tons of rice, 500kg … Read More

Meet with Naji, music student in Morocco

Joudour Sahara Music Program, M’Hamid El Ghizlane, Morocco Naji, a 14 year old student at the Joudour Sahara Music Program in M’hamid el Ghizlane, draws his inspiration from playing music. After a couple years at the program, he’s shown tremendous growth. Watch this video of his performance singing and playing a beautiful Saharan song called … Read More

Live Outside workshop performance | Anu Shakya, Nepal

MUSIC IS OUR REFUGE   By William Aura Our music programs are full of beautiful stories about the way music helps young people build character. Here’s a song recorded during a LIVE OUTSIDE WORKSHOP in Kathmandu, written and performed by our dear Musica Music Institute mentor Anu Shakya. Everything was recorded using donated Audio Technica gear … Read More

Meet With Jacques, Music Student in Rwanda

  Quarantines and school closures haven’t stopped the young people of Playing For Change Foundation from learning and playing music. Meet Jacques, one of the talented students from the Ubuntu Music Program in Rwanda. Despite lockdowns and other challenges, Jacques at only 14 years old not only continues to play guitar he also wants to … Read More

Slide guitar tutorial with Roberto Luti

Here is a video tutorial with PFC band member Roberto Luti, amazing guitarist from Livorno Italy. In this video Roberto shares from his home in Italy some of the basic techniques of the slide guitar that he has been playing for the last 20 years, from the streets of New Orleans to stages all around … Read More

Three Little Birds – PFC Diamante

Playing for Change Diamante’s music program in Argentina presents the Three Little Birds Project, a version of the Bob Marley classic song performed by Argentinian musicians, as an hymn of hope and resilience. Like the great Bob said “every little thing’s gonna be all right”. Playing for Change Diamante brought together 21 leading musicians of … Read More

KTMP, Thailand

The 'Creative Wonderers' Project

    By Sarah Bain Lou Rawls said “music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people can’t understand the language you’re singing in, they know good music when they hear it.” This is the basis of Playing for Change Foundation – an idea that music transcends languages connects us and allows everyone to … Read More

Our response to COVID-19: Food distribution in Bangladesh

  By Tuhin Asad “My name is  Tuhin Asad, I am the Program Administrator of the Mirpur Music Program in Dhaka, Bangladesh. We have nearly 900 students attending these music classes. We operate the music program with our partner in Bangladesh SpandaanB at five different locations. Kallyanpur slum, Mirpur, Dhaka is one of them. All students … Read More

Harmonica tutorial for beginners with Martín Chemes

Martín Chemes is a professional harmonica player from Rosario, Argentina and has been teaching harmonica for the last 15 years. He is the harmonica teacher at the PFCF program in Diamante, Argentina  and a featured artist of Lee Oskar harmonicas. Today we are sharing with you the first episode of a series of harmonica tutorial … Read More

Singing tutorial with Clarence Bekker

A singing video tutorial with maestro Clarence Bekker. In this video Clarence shares his experience on how he became a singer, demonstrates a few singing exercises, teaches how to play one of his own songs and shares his quarantine playlist… Follow Clarence: -Website: https://clarencebekkerband.com/ -Instagram: clarencebekkerband -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clarencebekker.music/

Music is the Key – Playing For Change Foundation

Making a difference is as simple as making a contribution in any amount. Donate now and give the gift of positive change through music and arts education. Help us reach our December goal of $20,200 before 2020! MAKE A DONATION NOW:

Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to the Khlong Toey Music Program, in Bangkok, Thailand

  Khlong Toey Music Program – Thailand KTMP, as we call it, is a magical oasis in the middle of an area wrought with challenges. As soon as the kids (or anyone) walks in the door they are surrounded by light, art, warmth and the sound of music coming from every floor of the 4-floor … Read More

Diamante, Argentina

PFC Diamante – Video Overview

  PFC Diamante, Argentina Meet with the team and the students at PFC Diamante and learn more about this music program located in Diamante, Entre Ríos, Argentina. Located 350km north-west of Buenos Aires, Diamante is a seedbed for musicians, however it didn’t have a space where traditional music was being taught for free and dedicated … Read More

Our team reports from our music program in Bangladesh

A video update from Dhaka, Bangladesh, where our team is visiting our students and staff at the Mirpur Music Program. Meet with our executive director, Jake Groshong and hear his testimony from the ground in Bangladesh.