Online Music Store Raises Awareness and Donations for Global Music and Arts Program

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Strings and Beyond, an online instrument accessories store, will match donations received from customers for the Playing for Change Foundation from 9/14/2012 to 9/25/2012. Customers who donate while ordering will receive an added reward of free or discounted shipping.

The Playing For Change Foundation is sponsoring Playing for Change Day on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Musicians and music lovers around the world are gathering on stages, street corners, schools, and live streams to create peace through music and raise money to support music education in the lives of children.

In support of this non-profit foundation, Strings and Beyond (http://www.stringsandbeyond.com) is proud to hold a donation drive from 9/14/2012 to 9/25/2012 through its customer network. Strings and Beyond will match donations received from customers up to $20,000.

In his 10th year of business, Bob Cowan, co-owner of Strings and Beyond, is ready to give something back to the music community. “Music puts a smile on my face and the faces of others. The Playing For Change Foundation brings music and arts education to children and communities around the world. It is an amazing organization that brings positive change to people worldwide. Strings and Beyond is proud to support the Playing for Change Foundation.” Smiling, Bob summarizes with, “Make some music, change the world.”

As part of their effort to raise money, Strings and Beyond will be rewarding customers who donate. Customers who donate while placing an order for guitar strings or accessories will receive free domestic USPS First Class shipping and discounted international First Class shipping on their online order.

To donate, please visit... http://www.stringsandbeyond.com/playing-for-change-day.html

Strings and Beyond is an online music store specializing in guitar strings and accessories as well as strings for over 15 other types of stringed instruments. http://www.stringsandbeyond.com

Playing For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Funds raised on Playing For Change Day will support the music programs of the Playing For Change Foundation and thereby give children the opportunity to develop new skills and find personal expression through music. Established in 2007, the Playing For Change Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to create positive change through music and arts education.

To date, 8 music schools and programs have been created in South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda,
and Nepal. Six hundred children participate in regular music instruction, and the organization has plans to expand into more communities in America and other countries as funds allow.

The foundation sees Playing For Change Day as a way to connect with and engage its global community of artists and supporters. People in every corner of the world will be able to participate by hosting, attending, or performing at an event on September 22nd. Even those who are unable to physically go to an event will have the opportunity to attend one of the myriad performances streamed live online.

For more information about the Playing For Change Foundation and its programs, go to http://www.playingforchange.org

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