Playing For Change: Peace Through Music

June 22, 2012 — 12 Comments

Playing For Change is a group that moves me so powerfully, I am dedicating a few posts to them! Their mission touches a resounding chord within my heart. The chord that rings we are like singers in one glorious global choir. Each voice making a difference as we sing out, adding to the harmony. While I may be personally referring to seeking ever greater peace within ourselves and towards our families, communities and the world through our thoughts, actions, and writing, this amazing foundation is truly succeeding in working towards peace by literally singing out! Connecting musicians and singers on a global scale.

Today I sing out about this amazing organization, this movement! 

Let us all sing out, individually and united, about peace and unity.

May you enjoy this. May you share this.


. Playing For Change: Peace Through Music is a film that explores our connections in a world overwhelmed with division. Through the process of making this film we traveled around the world and discovered that music opens the door to a place where we can come together as a human race. Music helps us to persevere through struggles and celebrate our differences which changes the world into a more peaceful place.

10-minute introductory video:

Main website: Playing For Change – Connecting the World Through Music 

Playing For Change Explained (Source here)

Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

Source: Playing For Change

We built a mobile recording studio, equipped with all the same equipment used in the best studios, and traveled to wherever the music took us. As technology changed, our power demands were downsized from golf cart batteries to car batteries, and finally to laptops. Similarly, the quality with which we were able to film and document the project was gradually upgraded from a variety of formats – each the best we could attain at the time – finally to full HD.

One thing that never changed throughout the process was our commitment to create an environment for the musicians in which they could create freely and that placed no barriers between them and those who would eventually experience their music. By leading with that energy and intent everywhere we traveled, we were freely given access to musicians and locations that are usually inaccessible. In this respect, the inspiration that originally set us on this path became a co-creator of the project along with us!

Source: Playing For Change

Over the course of this project, we decided it was not enough for our crew just to record and share this music with the world; we wanted to create a way to give back to the musicians and their communities that had shared so much with us. And so in 2007 we created the Playing for Change Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to do just that. In early 2008, we established Timeless Media, a for-profit entity that funds and extends the work of Playing for Change. Later that year, Timeless Media entered into a joint venture with the Concord Music Group through the support of label co-owner and entertainment legend Norman Lear and Concord Music Group executive vice president of A&R John Burk. Our goal is to bring PFC’s music, videos and message to the widest possible audience. 

Now, musicians from all over the world are brought together to perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities that are in need of inspiration and hope. In addition to benefit concerts, the Playing for Change band also performs shows around the world. When audiences see and hear musicians who have traveled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus on one stage, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power. 

And now, everyone can participate in this transformative experience by joining the Playing for Change Movement. People are hosting screenings, musicians are holding benefit concerts of every size, fans are spreading the message of Playing for Change through our media, and this is only the beginning. Together, we will connect the world through music! .


Non-profit website: Playing for Change Foundation 

Dedicated to creating positive change through music and arts education.

The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources to musicians and their communities around the world. A decade ago a small group of documentary filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has blossomed into a global sensation called Playing For Change, a project including musicians of every level of renown, that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

While traveling the world filming and recording musicians, the crew became intimately involved with the music and people of each community they visited. Although many of these communities had limited resources and a modest standard of living, the people in them were full of generosity, warmth, and above all they were connected to each other by a common thread: music. Out of these discoveries, the Playing For Change Foundation was born and made its mission to ensure that anyone with the desire to receive a music education would have the opportunity to do so. The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to the fundamental idea that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music.


For questions or information regarding the Playing For Change Foundation:


Playing For Change Foundation

P.O. Box 1505 Culver City, CA 90232 .

Coming up quickly ~

Playing For Change Day: September 22

Read more here .

Ways to participate:

~Create an Event

~Attend an Event


~Most of all, enjoy the day, spread peace through music, and know that you are making a difference for all who gather in September and for many children in the year ahead!

Here are a few suggestions:

~Perform for a live audience of any size

~Create a live streaming performance straight from your laptop

~Offer your venue to musicians to create an event (such as your restaurant, business, or home)

~Encourage people to make a donation online

~Spread the word through social media

~Many more ideas and tips here .

12 responses to Playing For Change: Peace Through Music


    Thank-you very much for this post. I’m looking forward to learning more about this! I recently played a little tune on my site. As you and other indicated, music has a way of drawing people together, even though they may be miles apart. Thanks again!


      Hello Cathy!! I love your song ‘Today (was a blessing)’ It is absolutely uplifting and sweet. Your guitar skills and voice truly moved me. Thank you so much for sharing this link here. I invite my readers to check it out! I hope you will do something to share your musical gifts and celebrate Playing For Change Day, on Sept 22. Thank you again Cathy. Hugs, Gina


    Oh this is an amazing organization. Thank you for spreading the word on this. I shall do the same on my blog in the near future. Music and Love… Two of my favorite things. 🙂


      Hello dear Jolyn! Apologies for the late reply as I have been under the weather but am back to send you many warm thanks for this awesome comment before heading over to your blog to see what you’ve been up to as well! And yes – Music and Love – a perfect match. 🙂


    My wise old grandmother taught me that music is the international language, made into a universal launguage by “Closer Encounters of the Third Kind.” Unfortunately, along came hip-hop and rap. Take away the disgusting lyrics and there’s actually some good music. I just can’t do the disgusting lyrics though.


      Good point Russel. I too am particular about lyrics. Great beats, great music – if backed up with mean or dark words, well I cannot tolerate it. So many excellent choices out there instead. I love how your grandmother taught you so many lovely truths!

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