Brandi Carlile with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam
Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana
Gary Clark Jr.
Run The Jewels with Josh Homme
Skip Marley and Cedella Marley
The War and Treaty
and many more
over 200 artists performing from around the world
drum • sing • dance
for social justice!
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Abdiel Pérez (Panama), Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets) (US), Afro Fiesta (Congo), Ahmed Al Harmi (Kingdom Of Bahrain), Al Harban Brothers (Kingdom Of Bahrain), Alceu Maia (Brazil), Alcione (Brazil), Alfred Howard (US), Ali Boulala (Kingdom Of Bahrain), Aloe Blacc (US), Amin Dominguez (Haiti), Amina J. Mohammed (UN) (Nigeria), Ana Carolina Pitti (Panama), André Siqueira (Brazil), Andreus Valdés Torres (Colombia), Angélique Kidjo (Benin), Annie Lennox (UK), Armando Chiari (Panama), Ayano Uena (Japan), Azueï (Haiti), Barou Sall (Senegal), Becky G (US), Béla Fleck (US), Bernardo Garcia (Cuba), Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) (US), Bill Summers (US), Billie Eilish (US), Binho (Brazil), Bizung Family Band (Ghana), Brandi Carlile with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam (US), Candombe Drum Group (Uruguay), Carl C-Wyya Edwards (Jamaica), Carlinhos 7 Cordas (Brazil), Carlos Amaya (Panama), Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana (US), Cesar Pope (Brazil), Chandrajit (India), Chango Spasiuk (Argentina), Char (Japan), Cheikh Gueye (Senegal), Chouloute Minouche (Haiti), Cizinho Jorge (Brazil), Clarence Bekker (Netherlands), Congo Drums (Congo), Cory Henry (US), Courtney "Bam" Diedrick (Jamaica), Cristina Pato (Spain), Damaso Meléndez (Panama), Danny Glover (US), David Casséus (Haiti), Debora Do Santos (Brazil), Dianelys Vázquez (Panama), Dimitri Dolganov (Russia), Dina Elwebidi (Egypt), Diógenes Villanueva (Panama), Django Degen (Spain), Donald Harrison and Congo Square Nation (US), Dr. John (US), Dr. Michael Eric Dyson (US), Dudu Nobre (Brazil), Dynamic Music Collective (US), Eduin Valdés Hernández (Colombia), EduMundo and Caveman (Portugal), Elián De Hoyos (Panama), Elianys de Hoyos (Panama), Ellie Goulding (UK), Elsa Molinar (Panama), Epsy Campbell Barr (Costa Rica), Erubide Arias (Panama), Estefani Moreno (Panama), Estevenson Padilla Valdés (Colombia), Eyadou Ag Leche (Mali), Fabián Miodownik (Uruguay), Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond (Chile), Fernando Caballero (Argentina), Fernando “Lobo" Núñez (Uruguay), Francois Viguie (France), Gabi Melim (Brazil), Gary Clark Jr. (US), George Porter Jr. (US), Geraldo & Dionisio (Venezuela), Gilberto Muñoz (Panama), Grandpa Elliott (US), Guardians Of The New Fire (Mexico), Guimel Jimenez (Panama), Gustavo Montemurro (Uruguay), Heraldo De Hoyos (Panama), Hiromitsu Agatsuma (Japan), Hugo Soares (Angola), Hutch Hutchinson (US), Ibrahim Ag Alhabib (Mali), Ibram X. 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one beat,one heart.
aboutpeace through music:a global eventfor social justice
Let's re-imagine a ‘united’ world connected by music. Join Playing For Change and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in this virtual global event to inspire people to act for peace and justice, everywhere for everyone.
This special event will feature artists, celebrities and influencers from all over the world, coming together on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in one accord, for one cause — social justice.
Through the universal language of music and the art of storytelling, Peace Through Music will call for equality, racial justice, and an end to discrimination, spotlighting people of African descent and championing the full protection and promotion of all of their human rights. It will embody the unity and common purpose that beat in the heart of humanity.
Proceeds from every purchase of Peace Through Music merchandise will support our charity partners striving to eradicate poverty, inequality, and systemic racial and gender discrimination.
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What is Peace Through Music?
Peace Through Music is a global virtual event and concert to inspire people to act for peace and justice, everywhere for everyone.
Through the universal language of music and the art of storytelling, the event will call for equality, human rights, and an end to discrimination. It will embody the unity and common purpose that beat in the heart of humanity.
When is this event?
I want to drum, sing, and dance for social justice. Where can I watch?
Who’s behind Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice?
The event is produced by Playing For Change, UNFPA, and Blackbird Presents. It is presented by Corning® Gorilla® Glass in partnership with Gibson.
Playing For Change
Playing For Change (PFC) is a movement 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. Learn more at http://www.playingforchange.com/
Playing For Change Foundation
Founded in 2007, the Playing For Change Foundation was established to create positive change through music and arts education. Its work engages marginalized youth in low income, yet culturally rich, communities around the world. Utilizing local music, teachers, and infrastructure, each student is able to rise up through music, dance, arts, sports, and much more, all within their own culture. It currently operates 15 music programs in 11 countries, teaches over 3,000 kids each week, and has positively impacted more than 40,000 lives of kids and families in need. The Foundation was awarded the Polar Music Prize in 2019. Learn more at http://www.playingforchange.org
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is one of the organizers of the event. The organization helps women and young people around the world claim their rights and promotes a more just, prosperous world for all. Its mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.
Blackbird Presents is a leading global media company that creates and produces premium, music-driven events and content via a range of strategies including all-star concert events, tours, festivals, broadcast specials, episodic series, and documentaries.
Recent concerts, broadcast specials and releases include “Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw,” “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” “The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson,” “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert,” “Outlaw: Celebrating The Music of Waylon Jennings,” “I'll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples,” “The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris,” “Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans,” “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music” and “All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman,” the last of which earned a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal's awe-inspiring performance of “Statesboro Blues.” Blackbird Presents is also the creator and producer of The Outlaw Music Festival Tour, in partnership with Willie Nelson; The American Roots Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with Eric Church; and The Last Waltz 40 Tour in partnership with Robbie Robertson.
Learn more at www.blackbirdpresents.com.
Why are we bringing the world together through music?
In 2020, the United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary at a time of great challenge, including the worst global health crisis in its history and social protests around the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us in the most powerful way that we are closely interconnected and only as strong as our weakest link. Only by working together and in solidarity can we end the pandemic and build resilience against future pandemics and other global challenges.
Music is an universal language that can help us put our differences aside and work together for a better world. Peace Through Music is an opportunity to reimagine a world united by music. For this reason, artists, celebrities and influencers from all over the world are joining Playing For Change and the United Nations Population Fund to call for equality, human rights, and an end to discrimination. We will draw particular attention to people of African descent in every part of the world, championing the full protection and promotion of all of their human rights.
Which artists and influencers will be part of Peace Through Music?
Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice will feature a chorus of some of the world’s most passionate and talented performers such as Aloe Blacc, Angélique Kidjo, Annie Lennox, Becky G, Brandi Carlile with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana, Gabi Melim, Gary Clark Jr., Jack Johnson, Jim James, Keb’ Mo’, Keith Richards, Mavis Staples, Nathaniel Rateliff, Peter Gabriel, Rhiannon Giddens, Ringo Starr, Robbie Robertson, Robert Randolph, Run The Jewels with Josh Homme, Sheila E., Shemekia Copeland, Skip Marley and Cedella Marley, The War and Treaty, Yo-Yo Ma and many more. Special appearances include Billie Eilish, Ellie Goulding, Killer Mike, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird, Norman Lear, Prince Ea and Sara Bareilles. Please view the ‘LINE UP’ portion of the website for the complete list of participating artists and speakers.
How can I support Peace Through Music?
- Donate and take the pledge on peacethroughmusic.live; you will be able to make donations until December 31st, 2020.
- After signing the pledge on peacethroughmusic.live, share the post “I take the pledge for social justice” on your social media.
- Visit unfpa.org to learn more about social justice.
- Learn more about the Remembering Slavery program at the United Nations: https://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/
- Volunteer for or donate to organizations that eradicate poverty, inequality, and systemic racial and gender discrimination.
- Take the United Nations’ Survey. The world needs solidarity. Your contribution counts. The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary at a time of great challenge, including the worst global health crisis in its history. Will it bring the world closer together? Or will it lead to greater divides and mistrust? Your views can make a difference. https://un75.online/
- Take a look and share some resources to fight racism. Visit: https://www.standup4humanrights.org/en/fightracism_resources.html
Where will the funds raised through the event go?
Contributions from corporate partners and all donations will support the Playing For Change Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme, and other organizations around the world striving to eradicate poverty, inequality, and systemic racial and gender discrimination, including Sankofa, the Bob Marley Foundation, Silkroad and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Donations will be available from the day of the event until December 31.
In addition, proceeds from merchandise purchases through the event website will benefit these social projects and organizations.
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