Playing For Change was created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.
Traveling around the world inspired us to unite many of the greatest musicians we met throughout our journey. These musicians come from many different countries and cultures, but through music they speak the same language.
Playing For Change has produced over 70 Songs Around the World where musicians of all backgrounds come together transcending language and cultural boundaries, proving how we are all connected.
Playing For Change was first born on a voyage across the United States, documenting the stories behind everyday street musicians.
Resulting in the award winning documentary ‘A Cinematic Discovery of Street Music’ followed up by ‘Peace Through Music’ which features the first ever Song Around The World ‘Stand by Me’.
Creating Songs Around The World inspired us to unite many of the greatest musicians we met throughout our journey and form the Playing For Change Band.
These musicians come from many different countries and cultures, but through music they speak the same language. The band now tours the world, spreading the message of love and hope to audiences everywhere.
Inspired by the love and hospitality in some of the most underprivileged communities, we decided to create a separate non-profit organization in 2007, building the first music school in Gugulethu, South Africa.
Today, the Playing For Change Foundation has developed 18 music and education programs across 50 locations in 13 countries. The Foundation was honored to be named a ‘Polar Music Prize’ winner in 2019.
To date we have produced nearly 400 videos, recorded over 1,400 musicians in 60+ countries and touched the hearts of over two billion viewers, and none of this would have been possible without our loyal supporters. Become a PFC member today and enjoy exclusive benefits while helping us continue our mission of uniting the world through music.
Music is the only thing that can be shared by all culture's without hate. Love it. Keep those beautiful positive messages coming. This is definitely heartwarming. Thank you all!
I just became a member of "Playing For Change.” Hey guys, join!
We need peace, love and light through these songs…that’s all we have!
Years ago, I was brought to tears upon watching the first video release of "Stand By Me," and now, in 2022, I am once again filled with a sense of hope and sanity for the future of our planet and our children. I have no doubt that PFC would be on my forever grateful list. Thank you again for everything that you do!