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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.

Skip Marley and Cedella Marley

The War and Treaty

Yo-Yo Ma

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over 100 artists performing from around the world

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Help us change the world through the power of music!Your donation supports organizations working for social justice in marginalized and underserved communities around the world. All donations will benefit the Playing For Change Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Remember Slavery Programme, Sankofa, Bob Marley Foundation, Silkroad, and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

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Abiodun Oyewale (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), Amina J. Mohammed (UN) (Nigeria), André Siqueira (Brazil), Angélique Kidjo (Benin), Annie Lennox (UK), Aziz Kazi (Pakistan), Azueï (Haiti), Baaba Maal (Senegal), 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), Carl C-Wyya Edwards (Jamaica), Carlinhos 7 Cordas (Brazil), Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana (US), Cesar Pope (Brazil), Chandrajit and Venkat (India), Chango Spasiuk (Argentina), Char (Japan), Cheikh Gueye (Senegal), Cizinho Jorge (Brazil), Clarence Bekker (Netherlands), Congo Drums (Congo), Cory Henry (US), Courtney "Bam" Diedrick (Jamaica), Cristina Pato (Spain), Debora Do Santos (Brazil), Dimitri Dolganov (Russia), 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), EduMundo and Caveman (Portugal), Ellie Goulding (UK), Eyadou Ag Leche (Mali), Fabián Miodownik (Uruguay), Fernando Caballero (Argentina), Francois Viguie (France), Gabi Melim (Brazil), Gary Clark Jr. (US), George Porter Jr. (US), Geraldo & Dionisio (Venezuela), Grandpa Elliott (US), Guardians Of The New Fire (Mexico), Hiromitsu Agatsuma (Japan), Hugo Soares (Angola), Hutch Hutchinson (US), Ibrahim Ag Alhabib (Mali), Ibram X. Kendi (US), Isabella Madrigal (US), Ivan Neville (US), Jack Johnson (US), Jaguara (Brazil), Jaiksona Soto (South Sudan), Jamal Murray (Canada), Jane Elliott (US), Jason Tamba (Congo), Javoci Do Imperio (Brazil), Jeanine Gall (Brazil), Jim James (US), Joao Viana (Brazil), John Cruz (US), John Prine (US), Johnny Herno (Brazil), Junior Kissangwa Mbouta (Congo), Kasha Sequoia Slavner (Canada), Keb’ Mo’ (US), Keiko Komaki (Japan), Killer Mike (US), Kimberly L. Jones (US), Kolgate (Jamaica), La Escuelita del Ritmo (Panama), Larkin Poe (US), Lindomar Fraga (Brazil), Los hijos de Benkos (Colombia), Louis Mhlanga (Zimbabwe), Lucas Pietro (Brazil), Luiz Augusto (Brazil), Luiz Otavio (Brazil), Lukas Nelson (US), Mamadou Sarr (Senegal), Mambueni Bisalu (Congo), Marcelo Blanco (Argentina), Marcus King (US), Marfa Kurakina (Brazil), Mark Johnson (US), Mark Lozano (Philippines), Massamba Diop (Senegal), Mateo (France), Matumba Street Band (Congo), Mavis Staples (US), Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird (US), Mermans Mosengo (Congo), Meshell Ndegeocello (US), Mestra Joana Cavalcante (Brazil), Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead) (US), MishCatt (Costa Rica), Mohammed Alidu (Ghana), Nasreen Sheikh (Nepal), Natalia Kanem (UNFPA) (Panama), Nathaniel Rateliff (US), Nelson Rangel (Brazil), Nielson Do Tamborim (Brazil), Nikki Burt (Jamaica), Norm (Australia), Norman Lear (US), Ousseynou and Assane Kaba (Senegal), Papa Lusamba (Congo), "Papi" Felix Garemua (Congo), Patrick Simmons (The Doobie Brothers) (US), Paulo Heman (Brazil), Peter Bunetta (US), Peter Gabriel (UK), Playing For Change Band (Brazil), Playing For Change Foundation (Mali), Pokei Klaas (South Africa), POPO (Brazil), Prince Ea (US), Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (US), Rahat Inayat Ali (Pakistan), Rajeev Shrestha (Nepal), Reggie McBride (US), Renan Silva (Brazil), Rhiannon Giddens (US), Ringo Starr (UK), Robbie Robertson (US), Robert Randolph (US), Roberto Luti (Italy), Robin Moxey (US), Roger Ridley (US), Rubén Rada and Family (Uruguay), Rudson Daniel and Enio Taquari (Brazil), Run The Jewels with Josh Homme (US), Sanjay Shrestha (Nepal), Sara Bareilles (US), Sean "Pow" Diedrick (Jamaica), Sebastian Robertson (USA), Sexteto Tabala (Columbia), Sheila E. (US), Shemekia Copeland (US), Sherieta Lewis and Roselyn Williams (Jamaica), Silkroad (US), Sinamuva (South Africa), Skip Marley and Cedella Marley (US), Sol Homar (Spain), Songhoy Blues (Mali), Stefano Tomaselli (Italy), Taikoproject (US), Taimane (US), Tal Wilkenfeld (Australia), Taslima Khan (UK), The Cape Town Ensemble (South Africa), The War and Treaty (US), Tia Vilma (Brazil), Tito Puente Jr. (US), Toumani Diabaté (Mali), TP OK Jazz (Congo), Tuca Da Cuica (Brazil), Tula (Israel), Tushar Lall (India), Twin Eagle Drum Group (US), Venkat (India), Victor Gabriel Castro (Brazil), Vientos de Cordoba (Argentina), Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa), Washboard Chaz (US), Whitney Kroenke Silverstein (US), Yo-Yo Ma (US), Yu Hatakeyama (Japan), ZEPA (Brazil), Zulu Choir (South Africa)

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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.

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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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FAQs

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?
It will be held on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 12pm PST/3pm EST
I want to drum, sing, and dance for social justice. Where can I watch?
Peace Through Music will be streamed exclusively on Facebook Live on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 12pm PST/3pm EST.
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.

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
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
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 is the event related to GivingTuesday?

Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice will be Facebook’s essential program for GivingTuesday, which is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

How can I support Peace Through Music?
  • Donate and take the pledge on peacethroughmusic.live or donate on Facebook. You will be able to make donations until December 31st, 2020 through the event’s website and on Facebook.
  • 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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