Behringer and Playing for Change Foundation have teamed up, and with your help, will bring positive change directly to people around the globe through music.
Behringer just released their flagship synthesizer UB-Xa, continuing their vision to make music affordable for everybody. It is worth over $5,000 and planned to be sold for only $ 1,499. No easy feat but still not far enough.
UB-Xa will now be sold for $ 1,199, bringing it to even more people.
Here's where you can change the story:
If you can afford to pay more, you can donate what would be Behringer’s profit. Any amount makes a difference. Behringer will double each donation up to an additional $1,000,000 through to December 1st 2024.
Your donation will create lasting change in real people’s lives through the power of music.
Behringer Believes There’s a Musician in Every Human Being
Behringer and Playing for Change Foundation share a common vision: to empower those who don’t have and cannot. This vision is inspired by the personal story of Uli Behringer, the founder and CEO of Behringer.
When Uli was a teenager, he was amazed by the analog synthesizers that emerged in the '80s such as the Sequential Prophet-5, Roland Jupiter-8 and the Oberheim OB-Xa. He desperately wanted to own one of these synths, but they were way too expensive for him. He spent every free minute at the local music store to play with these beautiful instruments. But one day, the store owner kicked him out and told him he was taking up space for other customers who could actually buy the synths.
Feeling hurt and frustrated, Uli decided to build his own synthesizer, the UB-1 at the age of 16. While later studying classical piano and engineering, he worked hard to make a living, playing in places like piano bars, weddings and coffee shops. This is when he realized that many musicians like him could not afford the gear they wanted and decided to dedicate his life to making audio equipment for the people who needed it the most and giving them a voice.
Almost 50 years later, Behringer’s mission is to bring back all the legendary synths from the '80s and make them affordable and accessible to everyone. The UB-Xa is the first one of these synthesizers and the entire Behringer team decided to give up their profit for this cause.
Previously, Behringer donated 1,500 synthesizers to 166 charities working with underprivileged children around the world. Furthermore, they were inspired by Playing for Change’s message and donated $100,000 to the foundation to support their work. They are now working closely with Playing for Change to make an even bigger impact by making this collaboration a reality, bringing more positive change than ever before.
The UB-Xa: A Dream Come True for Synth Lovers
The UB-Xa is a synthesizer that is based on one of the most iconic analog synthesizers that changed music in the '80s, the Oberheim OB-Xa. It is worth over $ 5,000, but Behringer initially decided to offer it for only $ 1,499, making it possible for everyone who loves synthesizers to own a piece of the music history.
They want to do even more than that. They want to use the UB-Xa as a tool to empower musicians who don’t have access to music and make a positive impact in the world.
How You Can Make a Difference
The Behringer employees have collectively decided to lower the UB-Xa price further to $ 1,199, making it even more affordable. But they are also giving you an opportunity to donate to the Playing for Change Foundation. If you can pay more than 1,199 for the UB-Xa, you can donate the difference to the $ 1,499 price to the Playing for Change Foundation or any amount you can afford. Every dollar counts.
Behringer will match every donation up to an additional $1,000,000 until December 1st 2024. Please help us raise $2,000,000 altogether to change many lives through the power of music.
Take a look at what these funds can achieve
Up to $250,000:
- After-school music programming among the most at-risk neighborhoods at our programs across Tijuana, Mexico
- New in-school music education classes at our programs across Nepal
- Expanded cultural preservation programming at our rural Morocco program, reaching new musicians and students across the Sahara desert
- Food security initiatives for orphans, widows, and teenage mothers through our program in the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Uganda
- Music instruments for thousands of our students across Africa
- Music studio and recording opportunities for musicians and youth among our Afro-Caribbean populations to document and preserve ancestral Congolese heritage in Panama
- Expanded cultural opportunities and access to music education at our program to the indigenous Mapuche youth in rural Argentina
- Monthly community music events for thousands of Syrian refugees at our program in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan
Up to $500,000:
- Bus and van purchases at our programs in South Africa, Nepal, and Argentina
- Protection against gender-based violence and early marriage programming at our program in rural Nepal for at-risk women and girls
- Outfitting a professional music studio space at our program in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan
- Public music and dance workshop and performance events in rural communities across the globe
- Opening a new Playing for Change Foundation music program at a children’s orphanage in Barbados to reach hundreds of children in need by the end of 2023
- Music instruments for thousands of students across the Americas
Up to $1,000,000:
- Construction of a performance auditorium at our program in northern Ghana to engage many thousands of community members each year
- Outfitting a live performance venue for indigenous Oglala Lakota youth and musicians at our program on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA
- Building a primary and secondary school in rural Nepal at our Tintale program
- Building a professional recording studio and additional classroom at our Cahuita School of Music in Costa Rica
- Build a professional recording studio at our program in Cusco, Peru
- Launch a Playing for Change Foundation program in Siparia Village, Trinidad serving at-risk youth locally through music