Playing for Change is a multimedia music project created by producer Mark Johnson and his Timeless Media Group, that seeks to bring together musicians from around the globe. Playing For Change also created a separate non-profit
organization called the Playing For Change Foundation which builds music schools for children around the world.
The project started in 2004 with the organization’s self described goal to “inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music”. The creators of the project traveled around the world to places such as New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, Middle East, and Ireland. Using a mobile recording studio, they had local musicians perform the same song, interpreted into their own style.
The project’s first single Stand by Me, began with a Santa Monica street performer named Roger Ridley. They then traveled around the world and had more musicians add their versions .
Stand By Me – Playing for Change Song Around the World
One Love – Playing for Change Song Around the World