Playing for Change

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    Playing For Change is a movement 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. 

    Playing For Change was born in 2002 as a shared vision between co-founders, Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, to hit the streets of America with a mobile recording studio and cameras in search of inspiration and the heartbeat of the people. This musical journey resulted in the award-winning documentary, “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians." Ever since, the Playing For Change crew has traveled the world recording and filming street musicians, creating Songs Around the World, and building a global family.

    Creating Songs Around the World inspired us to unite many of the greatest musicians we met throughout our journey in the creation of the Playing For Change Band. These musicians come from many different countries and cultures, but through music they speak the same language. The PFC Band is now touring the world and spreading the message of love and hope to audiences everywhere.

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    Employees (est.) (Sep 2019)46(-2%)

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    Playing for Change has an office in Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, US (HQ)
    1221 Electric Ave, Venice
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    Playing For Change Foundation named 2019 Polar Music Prize Laureate

    We are humbled, honored, and grateful to announce that our Playing For Change Foundation is a 2019 Polar Music Prize Laureate along with hip hop pioneer Joseph Saddler, known as Grandmaster Flash, and violinist, Anne-Sophie Mutter. The Polar Music Prize is an award that crosses musical boundaries; c…

    Putting the Power of Music to the Test | Part 1 of 2

           A Brother’s Fountain and their Journey to South Africa The Playing For Change Movement grew from the belief that we are all connected through music, and it is the universal language that is able to cross borders, cultures, and continents, uniting us as one human race. As we continue our missi…

    PFC Member Sneak Peek | Seeds of Freedom

    “Seeds of Freedom” Hello Dear PFC Members! This Friday, we’re excited to share an all-new Song Around The World with you, “Seeds of Freedom,” written by our friend Manu Chao. The powerful message of this song —that everyone is connected and has the power to plant the seeds to a better future for all…

    Thank You For Another Great Year! | Best of 2018 Photo Album

    This year was a great one for all of us at playing For Change. We are thankful for all the people we met, and all the music we enjoyed! Above all, we are deeply thankful for all the love and support you keep giving us – together we are connecting the world through music! This […] The post Thank You …

    50th Anniversary of (Sittin’On) The Dock of the Bay | Otis Redding

    In the 50 years since its release, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” has become a timeless classic of Otis Redding‘s and a permanent landmark in our world’s musical history. By the age of 26, his music had reached the heights of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, and touched the ears of millions of listene…

    PFC Artist Spotlight | Larkin Poe

    Larkin Poe, a sister duo raised in Atlanta and based out of Nashville, are a rising southern roots and rock group that has a bit more connection to their roots than you’d expect. Receiving their name in honor of their great-great-great grandfather, Larkin Poe, cousin of Edgar Allen Poe, both Rebecca…
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    Playing for Change Frequently Asked Questions

    • When was Playing for Change founded?

      Playing for Change was founded in 2002.

    • How many employees does Playing for Change have?

      Playing for Change has 46 employees.

    • Who are Playing for Change competitors?

      Competitors of Playing for Change include HITLAB, and Audiosocket.

    • Where is Playing for Change headquarters?

      Playing for Change headquarters is located at 1221 Electric Ave, Venice, Los Angeles.

    • Where are Playing for Change offices?

      Playing for Change has an office in Los Angeles.

    • How many offices does Playing for Change have?

      Playing for Change has 1 office.