PLAYING FOR CHANGE AND THE UNITED NATIONS ANNOUNCE “PEACE THROUGH MUSIC: A GLOBAL EVENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT”

PLAYING FOR CHANGE AND THE UNITED NATIONS ANNOUNCE “PEACE THROUGH MUSIC: A GLOBAL EVENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT” 

FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY BAABA MAAL, BEN HARPER, BLACK PUMAS, GIOVANNI HIDALGO, JACK JOHNSON, JAKE SHIMABUKURO, KEB’ MO’, LINIKER, MICKEY HART, PAULA FUGA, RHIANNON GIDDENS, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, ROSANNE CASH, SARA BAREILLES,  SIKIRU ADEPOJU, SLASH, STEPHEN PERKINS (JANE’S ADDICTION), TAJ MAHAL, THE LUMINEERS,  THE POCKET QUEEN, TONY KANAL (NO DOUBT), YUSUF / CAT STEVENS, ZAKIR HUSSAIN …. AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY ROBBIE ROBERTSON, SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH, AND UNFPA’S DR. NATALIA KANEM

PRESENTED BY CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS

STAR-STUDDED EVENT TO PREMIERE DECEMBER 15th EXCLUSIVELY ON PLAYING FOR CHANGE’S YOUTUBE 

VISIT PLAYINGFORCHANGE.COM FOR MORE INFO

 

Los Angeles, CA — November 9, 2021 — Today, Playing For Change and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announce Peace Through Music: A Global Event for the Environment, set for December 15th. The event will feature more than 200 artists from more than 35 countries, including Black Pumas, Jack Johnson, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sara Bareilles, Slash, and The Lumineers, together with world leaders and influencers, to join the fight for Planet Earth. The event will be broadcast on December 15th at 6 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. EST (2 a.m. GMT December 16th) on the Playing For Change YouTube channel.

The online event and fundraiser is produced by Playing For Change in partnership with UNFPA, and seeks to unite the world in taking action for a sustainable future and advance progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The harmful effects of human activity on the environment are impacting populations and their ecosystems around the globe, threatening to set back development efforts by decades. Those with the fewest resources and opportunities will be most susceptible, particularly the most vulnerable populations.

Through the universal language of music and the art of storytelling, Peace Through Music: A Global Event for The Environment will raise global awareness and call for real action for environmental sustainability. It will embody the unity and common purpose that beats in the heart of humanity for the protection of our only home: our planet.

Artist performances, Songs Around The World and special documentaries will also capture the beauty and fragility of the environment during the hour-long event.  

This year’s event  follows the resounding success of 2020’s Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice, which featured more than 200 musicians — including Aloe Blacc, Annie Lennox, Becky G, Brandi Carlile, Carlos and Cindy Blackman Santana, Gary Clark Jr. and Ringo Star — from more than 40 countries and received 4+ million views, raising more than $1 million for charity partners.

All net proceeds will go to organizations that prioritize real time solutions that facilitate environmental justice and sustainability, including Conservation International, American Rivers, World Wildlife Fund, REVERB, and the Playing For Change Foundation. Part of the funds raised will advance education programs led by the Playing For Change Foundation with the support of UNFPA to positively impact the lives and choices of adolescents and youth around the globe. 

“During this important time in human history, we are honored to continue our partnership with the United Nations for our 2021 Peace Through Music global event for the environment. Through music, we eliminate boundaries, hierarchy, and status. Through stories and ideas, we learn from our Indigenous ancestors how to listen to the rhythm of our planet,” says Mark Johnson, Playing For Change Co-Founder.

“Climate change multiplies existing inequalities and vulnerabilities, disrupts access to life-saving health services and limits people’s ability to exercise their fundamental rights and choices. We know we must work together to achieve real change, and music has the power to unite, energize and inspire us as we confront these challenges together and work towards a better future,” says Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director UNFPA.

“Corning Gorilla Glass is excited to partner with Playing For Change again this year to support their mission of bringing music and unity to the world. We believe that it is essential that we support initiatives that are bigger than all of us and make our environment, our lives better. And, we are thrilled that devices featuring our Gorilla Glass technology are playing a small, yet critical role in this event driving collaboration and connection,” says Scott Forester, Division Vice President, Business Director, Corning® Gorilla® Glass

For more information about Peace Through Music: A Global Event for the Environment, please visit playingforchange.com.

 

ABOUT PLAYING FOR CHANGE

Playing For Change (PFC) is a Certified B Corp (Social Purpose Corporation) and multimedia company created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. PFC spreads their positive message for humanity to millions of people through inspiring multicultural music videos, a live global touring band and a 501c3 foundation supporting music education around the world.

ABOUT UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND

UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive agency, is one of the organizers of the event. UNFPA’s mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. 

ABOUT CORNING® GORILLA® GLASS

Since its launch in 2007, Corning® Gorilla® Glass has been designed into more than 8 billion devices by more than 45 major brands. Throughout the company’s Mobile Consumer Electronics Market-Access Platform, Corning continues its legacy of innovation with market-leading cover glasses, as well as glass and optics for semiconductor products, that enhance performance, deliver new connectivity features, enable new designs, and support immersive user experiences with augmented reality and 3D sensing.

THE KING – a musical journey in Elvis’ 1963 Rolls Royce

Our friend, Eugene Jarecki, has released a new film titled, THE KINGwhich explores America via a musical road trip in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce. Viewers are taken on a journey through American history and culture using the lens of music, and dive deep into how one musical icon’s life parallels with American society. The film is now showing in New York, with more cities coming soon. Check here for a list of theaters near you.

Watch the trailer:

About THE KING: Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey, including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather, among many others.

 

Featurette’s from the movie: 

Watch Ethan Hawke step in to take ELVIS PRESLEY’s high school sweetheart to the prom she couldn’t attend and learn about The King’s extensive love life in this touching featurette.

Revolutionary rapper Immortal Technique hops into Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce for an electrifying video for his song “Rich Man’s World (1%)”.

The Stax Music Academy All-Stars of Memphis prove why they’re one of the most respected music schools in the country with a soulful rendition of “Chain of Fools,” all while crammed into the back seat of Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce limousine.