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.) (Sept 2020)36(-10%)
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    Playing for Change has an office in Marina del Rey
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    Stand By Me – 10 Years Later

    “My name is Roger Ridley and I’m in the joy business, I come out here to be with the people…” These were the words I heard in my first interview with Roger Ridley before he sat down to perform “Stand By Me” for the small crowd on the Santa Monica promenade back in 2004.  Neither […] The post Stand B…

    PFC Artist Spotlight | Taimane

    In a vast world brimming with genuine talent, Taimane Gardner is among the most remarkable and awe-inspiring performers to take on the ukulele, breathing life and energy into her music that can only be described as a true force of nature. Beginnings Receiving her name from the Samoan word for “Diamo…

    PFC Artist Spotlight | Luke Winslow-King

    Born to Cadillac, Michigan in 1983, Luke Winslow-King has always held his heart in New Orleans. With a love for tradition, soul, and vintage blues and jazz, Winslow-King has earned his place among a new generation of musicians carrying on the New Orleans sound into the 21st century and beyond. First…

    Congo to the Mississippi | Afro Fiesta’s Global Goal 🌍

    Introduction “This song was co-written by Mermans Mosengo and my brother, Greg Johnson, a few years ago while we were on tour with the PFC Band.  The simple message and anthemic chorus made me really excited to record it as a PFC Song Around The World. We started under the hot African sun in the […]…

    Ahoulaguine Akaline | Exiled Electric Extremism

      “I do not see my guitar as a gun but rather as a hammer with which to help build the house of the Tuareg people.” With over 1400 years of deeply rooted historical and cultural context in a single song, “Ahoulaguine Akaline” comes from a different breed of rebel rockers. Kel Tamasheq, known commonl…


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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 36 employees.

    • Who are Playing for Change competitors?

      Competitors of Playing for Change include Audiosocket, HITLAB and

    • Where is Playing for Change headquarters?

      Playing for Change headquarters is located at 578 Washington Blvd #401, Marina del Rey.

    • Where are Playing for Change offices?

      Playing for Change has an office in Marina del Rey.

    • How many offices does Playing for Change have?

      Playing for Change has 1 office.