Music Monday: Playing for Change

The Playing for Change Foundation is dedicated to musical education worldwide. From their mission statement:

A decade ago a small group of documentary filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has blossomed into a global sensation called Playing For Change, a project including musicians of every level of renown, that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

While traveling the world filming and recording musicians, the crew became intimately involved with the music and people of each community they visited. Although many of these communities had limited resources and a modest standard of living, the people in them were full of generosity, warmth, and above all they were connected to each other by a common thread: music.

Out of these discoveries, the Playing For Change Foundation was born and made its mission to ensure that anyone with the desire to receive a music education would have the opportunity to do so. The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to the fundamental idea that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music.

Playing for Change’s hallmark is a series of videos of street musicians as well as better-known names from around the world, all performing the same song. Here is their take on the Stones’ Gimme Shelter:


Gimme Shelter | Playing For Change from Playing For Change on Vimeo.


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