Joudour Sahara, Morocco

International Women’s Day 2020: Celebrating Female Leadership and Girls’ Participation in M’hamid el Ghizlane

1. Woman from the Ahidous music tradition of the Amazigh people; 2. Ahidous performance ensemble.   By Thomas Duncan M’hamid el Ghizlane is a small, rural community that holds traditional values within Morocco. The cultural wealth here far exceeds the economic opportunities available. Leveraging this cultural wealth in the right way can open doors to youth, … Read More

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.

Udayapur Community VIPs Honor Mother’s Society 10 Years Of Service

  By William Aura Mother’s Society member Sarita Khadka and daughter Subeksha.   Tintale Village, Nepal | In the final days of our time in Tintale village, PFCF administrator Shyam Basnet receives a call from Bhim Kumari Raut – the vice mayor of Katari municipality. She accepts his invitation to meet representatives from PFCF and publically … Read More

Tamale, Ghana

Bizung students perform the Sinte dance

Bizung School Of Music & Dance We are happy to share with you this video recorded at The Bizung School of Music & Dance with our students performing the Sinte dance, a traditional dance from Guinea.

Playing For Change Day 2019: September 21st | Join the global event

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 into … Read More

Students from The Ohio State University visit our music program in Ghana

  A group of business students from The Ohio State University are currently at the Bizung School of Music & Dance in Tamale, Ghana working on a consulting project focused on making the on-site recording studio into a sustainable revenue source. Student Megan Fisher shares the group’s experience at this music and dance program: “Myself … Read More

A journey from Bangladesh to Nepal

Tuhin Asad meets with our program team in Nepal

Last week, our administrator and music teacher in Bangladesh, Tuhin Asad, returned from a trip in Nepal, where he visited several PFCF music programs. A few months ago, William Aura and Nepali program administrators Shyam Basnet and Ishor Bajracharya visited to the Mirpur Music program in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since then Tuhin could not wait to return … Read More

Discover how lives are forever changed through the power of music and drama

  According to Unicef, 12,000 children are trafficked to India from Nepal every year. Girls and young women are treated as a commodity. Women in Nepal face many challenges due to issues of inequality and injustice in the society. Gender discrimination and gender-based violence are just some of the serious and widespread problems for women. Discover how … Read More

Meet with Thomas, program coordinator in Morocco

 Program Coordinator Joudour Sahara Music Program Thomas Duncan has been living in Morocco for over 6 years. He speaks fluent Arabic as well as several languages from Southern Morocco. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, he started to work in Morocco with Peace Corps and joined the PFCF team 3 years ago as a … Read More

PFC Patagonia – Video Overview

PFC Patagonia, Argentina Learn more about this music program located in Patagonia and meet with the team. The program in Patagonia is currently carrying out musical and art workshops in 2 nearby locations: in Cinco Saltos, through an agreement with the local municipality, which provides facilities  in 4 peripheral neighbourhoods of the city and in General Roca, where music workshops for … Read More

Student and teachers performance, Mali

Khoussa Kora Balla | Ecole de Musique de Kirina

We are very happy to share with you this video recorded at Ecole de Musique de Kirina with some of our students and teachers. This song named Khoussa refers to Malian traditional instruments originated from a small village named Djambere, in the region of Kayes. It was composed by the Diaba Koita, one of the … Read More

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, Bangladesh

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