September brings the back-to-school season, the official start of Autumn, and of course— Playing For Change Day! A proud sponsor of PFC, Audio-Technica provides global support and equipment for the organization, its band, and related events. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Playing For Change Day’s Coordinator, Paola Mondragon R., before the event to get the inside scoop on what fans can expect from Playing For Change Day 2019.
For those who may not be familiar, can you tell us about Playing For Change’s origin and mission?
Playing For Change (PFC) is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. PFC’s primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos called Songs Around The World. From these videos they formed the Playing For Change Band—a tangible, traveling representation of their mission, featuring musicians met along their journey—and established the Playing For Change Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world. The Playing For Change Foundation supports music education programs for children in areas that are rich in cultural traditions but limited in economic resources. Programs are free to children and provide instruction in vocals, dance, instruments, and musical theory. Each week more than 2,000 young people attend free classes in dance, instrument instruction, languages and musical theory, all taught by qualified, local teachers. The foundation also works with partners to help meet basic needs in our communities, which are home to some of the world’s most economically vulnerable children. This work includes providing primary education, humanitarian aid such as clean water, solar power, food, medicine, clothes, books and school supplies, and tools and training to support micro-enterprise. Through these efforts, Playing For Change aims to create hope and inspiration for the future of the planet.
What can people expect for Playing for Change Day 2019?
Playing For Change Day is a global day of action during which musicians and music lovers from all over the world host events with performances on stages, street corners, schools, yoga studios, cafes, and many other places to bring music into the lives of young people and to promote positive social change while raising funds for the Playing For Change Foundation music schools and programs. Anyone can be involved! Some of our top events this year include Fiji, India and Ibiza and there will also be several events live streamed on the foundation’s Facebook page. To find an event near you, visit https://playingforchangeday.org
How will this year’s event differ from last year’s?
This year our plan is to show online more of the events while they are happening LIVE! In the previous year we’ve shown very little of the ones happening worldwide but this year we want to include everyone in every corner of the globe so that if they can’t join an event in person, they can certainly join online!
How can people get involved with PFC?
Playing For Change is for everyone! There are numerous ways to get involved in helping us spread peace and connect the world through music: join us as a member where you’ll receive access to exclusive content, pre-releases, and a 25% discount at the PFC Shop all while helping us support musicians and artisans around the globe; donate directly to the foundation to support music and arts education for our future generations; like, share and comment on all of our social media channels.
Playing For Change
Playing For Change Foundation
Images courtesy of Playing for Change.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Playing For Change Day?