Playing For Change
“Playing For Change is proof that music transcends geography, race, age, culture and any other barriers which can be used to identify and separate people. Despite our all being in different corners of the world, everyone on the song participated in a beautiful conversation where we all spoke the same language. It was really powerful and extremely beautiful.” – Warren Haynes
“The global unity in the Playing For Change concept is phenomenal. Collaboration in music is everything and this is the epitome of that.” – Robbie Robertson
“If you’re not dancing and grinning like a loon at this one, well, get your ears checked, baby.” – Lauren Daley
“Playing For Change, that’s they way music was meant to be.” – Keith Richards
“It is always an honor and a privilege to collaborate with Playing For Change. This organization elevates the world with music, and inspires me to be a better human.” – Sara Bareilles
Playing For Change (PFC) is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Playing For Change’s first single “Stand By Me” began with a Santa Monica street performer named Roger Ridley; they recorded Ridley’s live public performance and then traveled the world recording more and more musicians to collaborate on the track. Today, the video has over 125 million views on YouTube alone.
Consisting of musicians form more than seven countries, the Playing For Change Band has helped realize a dream of uniting the musicians met during PFC’s journey on one stage. A unique fusion of influences and talents in constant evolution since 2008, the PFC Band is a tangible, traveling representation of Playing For Change’s mission to connect the world through music. The PFC band has performed more than 400 concerts in over 25 countries, including being one of the first to perform in Argentina’s DirectTV Arena, a tour in Brazil headlining for an audience of 35,000, and a tour in Australia as the opening act for Robert Plant.
The band has collaborated with artists such as Bono, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Jimmy Buffett, Stephen Marley, Manu Chao, Toots Hibbert, Ziggy Marley, Sara Bareilles, Keb’ Mo’, Baaba Maal, Tinariwen, Los Lobos, Bombino, The Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, and many more. When audiences see and hear musicians who have traveled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power.