Playing For Change is proud to announce that we are now a Certified B Corp!
What is a B Corp? B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
“When people think first about the money and then about the music, the music won’t be worth the money they were thinking about.” – Bob Marley
We are happy to stand with a community of more than 1,600 certified B Corps, spanning 42 countries and over 120 industries who believe in using business as a force for good. With our new certification we join likeminded companies in the shared vision of not only being the best in the world but also being the best for the world. We will continue to spread Peace Through Music and create positive change in our world — one heart and one song at a time.
#ArtsForChange is a movement to bring together those who believe that all young people deserve to experience the power of the arts in school! It also symbolizes the shared belief of Turnaround Arts and Playing For Change that the arts and music have the power to change lives, schools and our world.
Coming Friday, May 27th…a music video produced by Playing For Change in partnership with Turnaround Arts.
Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, empowers high-need, low performing schools with innovative arts, dance, theater and music programs, arts integration across subject areas, arts resources, musical instruments, and high-profile artist mentors, as a proven strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap.
Afro Fiesta band member, Jason Tamba, shares how he fell in love with the guitar and describes how he built his own from wood, tin and mosquito nets. Help him live out his dream of sharing his music with the world by purchasing Afro Fiesta’s latest album, Music is My Ammunition.
We asked people to share with us how music has impacted their lives…
Mary Miller: “Music has had a huge impact on my life with a mother who was a music teacher and my studies at Interlochen Music Academy but the biggest moment? It was when I played Mozart’s clarinet concerto to my dying husband who was becoming restless. When I put that on, he said, “God is here now” and he slipped away peacefully. So…#MusicIsMyAmmunition”
Jason Neptune: “I haven’t slept in a proper bed for 6 months, instead I sleep under the stars, I haven’t had a regular income in 5 years and I have never been happier… I now travel Australia and Indonesia collecting plastic from beaches and natural ecosystems while playing tunes. #musicismyammunition without it the world would be empty.”
Martina Kopf: “I hear your music and my thoughts are quiet. My heart open and I feel joy, love peace and the spirit behind PFC . I cought myself smiling for no reason, then I realized your music makes me smile. So music changend my life.Thank you for sharing with all of us.”
Gary Meyer: “Music rights what’s wrong in my life.”
Dani English Whipple: “#MusicIsMyAmmunition The first two playing for change albums are my happy playlist. When things get crazy in this world where some citizens of this planet can turn a blind eye to the suffering of other citizens, when we label people immigrants instead of refugees in order to feel better about themselves for denying life saving aid to infants and children and their families, I can remind myself their are still good people in our world who are still striving to bring us all together.”
Thank you everyone for sharing with us. Let peace rule the world, let music be our ammunition. One Love.
Listen to Mermans Mosengo’s heart touching rendition of “Africa Unite,” which is the first Bob Marley song he ever sang. Like the songs of Bob Marley, Mermans along with his bandmate Jason Tamba, hope to share their songs and stories of perseverance, peace, love and dignity with the world. It has been a lifelong dream of theirs to get out on the road and thanks to your support via Kickstarter they are making it happen!