Playing For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF) was established in 2007 and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Our mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. We support music schools and programs that are created and operated by the local community and then purposefully connect those communities around the world.

To date, 8 music schools and programs have been created in countries including South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, and Nepal. 600 children participate in regular music instruction. We have plans to expand several of our existing programs and to partner with new local programs worldwide in 2012.

Guiding Principles for our projects include:

*Using Music to Transform Lives and Communities: Caring adults encourage discipline, joy, and personal expression through music and arts programs. Programs emphasize tolerance and shared understanding as methods for solving problems.

*Connecting People and Communities: Cameras and other technology empower individuals and communities to tell their own stories. Children in different countries and schools learn about and get to know peers who live in dramatically different regions and circumstances.

*Economic Empowerment: We use local materials and labor when building, utilize local teachers and administrative staff, provide living wages, and create opportunities for earned income through performances and creating costumes, instruments, and art for sale.

* Local Leadership: Programs are led and affirmed by local village and community leaders.

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