Benefit concert for Playing for Change and LiveConnections – 9/22

Over 300 concerts around the world will take part in celebrating Playing for Change Day and a dedicated and talented group of musicians have volunteered to provide you with an inspiring afternoon of world, jazz (and more) music while helping two music education organizations in the process.  50% of the donations will go to LiveConnections here in Philadelphia, and 50% will go to support worldwide efforts of the Playing for Change Foundation.  Join us to celebrate!  If you can’t make it to the concert, please consider contributing through a donation.  NOTE:  Please send email to if you have any questions or concerns about the ticketing or donation process.  Also, please check the comments of this post for additional notes.

September 22, 1pm-3pm

Hamilton Hall at the University of the Arts

320 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA




Please donate here


If you can’t make it to Philadelphia, you can watch the concert online. It will not be archived, however, so you’ll need to tune in tomorrow between 1pm-3pm. You’ll also need to join StageIt and buy $5 worth of “notes”. Our concert is priced as “pay what you can” which is 10 cents or more. Hopefully more 🙂 You can use your notes to watch other concerts on StageIt as well.


StageIt online



 How about a preview?  Here’s some brief selections of music by the musicians who will be performing:



Anna Crusis (women’s choir)

Beta Test Music (geek music band)

Phyllis Chapell (vocal, guitar)

Stephan Dijoseph (vocal, guitar, keyboard)

Tim Dilenschneider (double bass)

Chico Huff (jazz bass)

Eunice Kim (violin)

M’Balia (vocal, guitar)

Ken Ulansey (sax, penny flute)

Dave Posmontier (keyboards)

Joey Tayoun (middle eastern percussion)

Stacy and John Weathers (banjo, guitar, vocals)


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The Playing For Change benefit concert is brought to you by LocalArtsLive and the Corzo Center at the University of the Arts.

About LiveConnections


Since 2008, LiveConnections has served as a creator and curator of innovative, cross-genre music experiences. Through live performance and interactive education, LiveConnections’ three program areas connect diverse audiences with top-notch artists from across the musical spectrum. Programs take place at World Cafe Live venues in Philadelphia and Wilmington, in a partnership that opens the venues to new audiences and capitalizes on the acoustics, intimacy and artist-centered design.

About Playing For Change Foundation

Playing For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.  The Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF) was established in 2007 and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.  Our mission is to create positive change through music and arts education.  We support music schools and programs that are created and operated by the local community, and then purposefully connect those communities around the world.

To date, PFCF has created eight music schools and programs in South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, and Nepal.  600 children participate in regular music instruction.  We’re constantly working to strengthen our existing programs and to expand our programmatic reach worldwide.  We have plans to create new programs in America, Thailand, and other places as funds allow.

For more information about the Playing For Change Foundation and its programs, go to or email to

About LocalArtsLive


LocalArtsLive (LAL) strives to connect the classical music community together in the greater Philadelphia region, provide support for fledgling ensembles, and present classical music in new and unexpected ways.

The website and social media presence provides a central source of information and promotes discussion.  LAL helps musicians and related organizations by creating or assembling marketing material and helping to build audiences for fledgling ensembles via periodic showcase presentations and web based publicity.   Many ensembles and musicians don’t have the ability to raise funds themselves, so even modest levels of support from LocalArtsLive may contribute to their long term success.  Simply put, working together is more effective and more efficient than individual efforts.  In addition to periodic showcases, LAL seeks to collaborate with other organizations, including other genres of arts and technology, to bring the music to new audiences.

For more information about LocalArtsLive, go to or send email to

About the Corzo Center


The Corzo Center provides ecucational and support services to creative arts freelancers, start-ups, and businesses.

The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts links creative arts, innovation, and business.  We formed the Center to keep art where it belongs — at the center of a society and an economy that requires ideas and imagination.  Guided by the belief that entrepreneurship  is both a form of business innovation and a form of public and social action, we have shaped its programs to provide artists, performers, and media makers the tools they need to control their economic lives and to lead.

The Center is a 2012 Knight Foundation grant recipient.

For more information about the Corzo Center and its programs, go to