Today, I thought I’d take this opportunity to do something I love to do, but also, something I haven’t done in a VERY long time, and that’s highlight a non-profit organization. (If you’d like to see some of the other articles highlighting non-profits, follow this link.)
Today I’m highlighting the Foundation – Playing for Change. This phenomenal group, which has become a world sensation, came about because of the belief that “music has the power to connect people, regardless of their differences.” In 2005, some filmmakers made a documentary about music on the streets, which was called PLAYING FOR CHANGE: PEACE THROUGH MUSIC. This documentary has gone on to spur a world wide movement to connect the world, and teach music to under privileged children around the world.
During the production of the documentary, the crew decided it would be extremely difficult to bring musicians from all over the world to one studio, so they created a mobile studio and took it to the musicians and the places in which they lived. They traveled the world, recording these street musicians singing specific songs. Then, the sounds were mixed together, to create a unified song and sound. Even though these musicians were 1000’s of miles apart, in many cases, on different continents, the sound created was as if they were unified, each contributing a unique talent to the larger group. And, as you’ll see below, the sound is AMAZING! Each song makes me smile and fills my heart and soul with love.
After traveling awhile, the film crews wanted to give back to the communities in which they visited. So, in 2007, the PLAYING FOR CHANGE FOUNDATION was created. Their mission is to “inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music”. They wish to “create positive change through music and arts education.” As of this posting, the organization has opened 15 schools in 11 countries and teaches over 1200 children.
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