Playing for Change: Peace Through Music

Remember that video project called Where the Hell is Matt, with the guy dancing all over the world? If that gave you goosebumps, you need to watch this right now:

This montage of street musicians from four continents playing “Stand by Me” is just one of several produced by Playing for Change, a foundation “dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources (including but not limited to facilities, supplies, and educational programs) to musicians and their communities around the world.” Plans include a creative writing center in Johannesburg, two Tibetan refugee centers (one in India and one in Nepal), and a music school opening in early 2009 in Gugulethu, South Africa, but artists can get involved no matter where they live. Learn more about the big plans at

Posted by Julia, who wishes she knew how to play an instrument.
[This blog entry appeared on an older version of Idealist; any broken links are a result of having re-launched our site in Fall 2010.]

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