Playing for Change is a unique multimedia movement which is dedicated to break down boundaries and bring the world together through music. It is the brainchild of Grammy winning filmmaker Mark Johnson which brings together musicians from all over the world to create and share music. It believes that no matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race.
They built a mobile recording studio and traveled to places all over the world and recorded music with musicians from different countries participating in the same album. The given video ‘Song Around the World’ draws inspiration from an Indian folk tune and has been recorded in places like Argentina, Israel, South Africa, Portugal, Italy and India and have featured local musicians who have come together and created this beautiful melody.
Playing for Change has traveled in different places like South Africa, Afghanistan, China, India, United Sates, United Kingdom and created music. Some popular PFC videos are Stand By Me ; One Love ; War: No More Trouble ; Chanda Mama;Don’t Worry ; Mystery Train
In 2007 they formed a separate non profit foundation, by the name of Playing for Change Foundation(PFCF)to give back to the society. Through it musicians from all over the world perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities which are in need of inspiration and hope. In addition to benefit concerts, the Playing for Change band also performs shows around the world. When audiences see and hear musicians who have traveled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus on one stage, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power.