ORGANIZE A CONCERT OR AN EVENT TO SUPPORT OUR WORK
Decide what kind of concert you're planning
PFC was started by musicians and artists who shared a common belief that through music great things are possible. Are you a musician yourself? Recruit your band and call on your fellow musician friends to get involved. Maybe your school choir wants to join you in hosting an event at your school.
- Blair and Brittany from South Peace Secondary School in Dawson Creek, BC, hosted a benefit concert at their school
- The organizers of Muncie Springfest in Indiana donated a percentage of proceeds from ticket sales to PFCF
- Sara Bareilles donated the proceeds from her concert at Hotel Café
- The options are limitless—how do you want to contribute?
Choose a date and location for your concert
Your concert might fit in your backyard or fill an auditorium, so think about who will be performing and who will be attending, and select a venue that is right for your event. Talk to the managers of local clubs and concert halls and see if they’ll help you with your show. Ask your choir teacher to help you plan a concert at your school. If you have friends that are planning a show or festival, find out if they would be interested in donating a percentage of proceeds to a good cause.
Be sure to give yourself enough time to gather performers, plan the show, and tell people about it. If you’re having the show at a club, they may give you some options of dates that are available. Try to choose a date when the most people would be able to attend a concert.
Spread the word and fill the seats
Now that you've decided on when and where your event will take place, it's time to tell your friends and recruit volunteers to help you prepare for, promote, and run your event. There are many people, such as performers in the arts, who are willing to donate their services in support of a cause. When others see the energy you're putting in to your event, they will likely want to become a part of it, too.
Our ToolKit has tools to help you promote your event including logos and images, information print-outs, mail-in donation forms, brand guidelines, and more. You can create a Facebook event and invite your friends, ask the local paper if they will list the show in their “upcoming events,” and make sure people know that you’re not just playing a concert, you’re playing for CHANGE. Don’t forget to tell us about your event so we can get you the materials and support you need to make it a success.
EXAMPLES OF GREAT EVENTS
“United” live in Lyon with Orchestre Confluences featuring Tal Ben Ari (Tula)
Conductor Philippe Fournier directed one of the most amazing benefit events for the Playing For Change Foundation in Lyon, France. In front of an audience of 2,700, a symphony orchestra of over 100 musicians united with Playing For Change musicians as well as an incredible diversity of other artists, dancers and singers, through the universal language of music.
The show ended with “United,” a Song Around The World composed by PFC Music Producer Enzo Buono and produced for the United Nation’s 7 Billion Campaign. In the middle of the song, a choir of 100 people emerged, hidden amongst the audience, and began to sing along. They made their way up to the stage, joining the 150 musicians on stage for an indescribable moment of connection and harmony.
Albi Plays for Change
A Playing For Change Day event was celebrated in Albi, France.
Playing For Change Day Ibiza: Thousands of People coming together to bring change
A great promo video of Playing For Change Day Ibiza, a benefit event that gathers every year thousands of people on a beautiful beach in Ibiza (Spain). The Ibiza team has been able to set up one of the most amazing PFC Day through the great work of an organized team of volunters
Curitiba Brazil:a benefit concert to create a music school
The PFC Foundation launched its first music program in South America in Curitiba, Brazil, thanks to the amazing work of a community that decided to take action through the power of music. Having hosted a record-breaking PFC Day 2014 extravaganza boasting over 100 performances throughout the city, as well as a sold-out PFC Band concert for over 1,400, the Curitiba team inspires all of us and has ignited the PFC passion among the people in Brazil.