About

Play It Forward Music, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of empowering musicians and fans to make the world a better place. Specifically, PlayItForward.com is a website where artists support non-profit organizations by selling their music in exchange for charitable donations. Although we primarily distribute music, we encourage the submission of all forms of original audio recordings including spoken word, slam poetry, stand-up comedy, guided meditations, etc.

The Play It Forward model benefits everyone. Musicians gain exposure and sell more songs by supporting causes. Fans make a positive impact while purchasing music they enjoy. Charities benefit from the funds raised through the website.

Musicians create. Fans donate. Charities benefit. Everyone wins.

How It Works

  1. Artists choose any 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to support
  2. Artists upload original music/audio projects to fundraise for their chosen charity
  3. Fans purchase the projects...and 100% of the project revenue goes to the artist's chosen charity
  4. Artists & fans "Play It Forward" by sharing projects on social media to spread the word

A Note to Artists

We are happy to help guide you through the process of choosing a worthy charity! We form partnerships with charities that will promote you to their social media followers and in their e-mail blasts/newsletters. E-mail steve@playitforward.com to request assistance in choosing a charity!

When uploading your tracks to PlayItForward.com, you retain all rights to your music and sound recordings. Posting your tracks here does not exclude you from selling them elsewhere. In fact, we encourage it; we believe that posting a few songs on PIF will help promote the sale of your tracks on other sites!

Please contact steve@playitforward.com if you have any questions, requests, or if PIF can help you out with your musical endeavors. We greatly appreciate your generosity and participation in our program and are committed to doing all we can to play your music forward!

A Letter From the Founder

When I was in college I released a self-produced, homemade album of original music. The production quality was questionable, the marketing campaign almost nonexistent, and I had approximately two fans (thanks Mom and Dad!). Yet, over the course of two months, I sold every last copy…all 1000 of them.

What phenomenon was at play here? My shoddy production chops? My simplistic songwriting style? Not quite. The album was successful because of its simple mission: to help people. I wanted to make a difference with my music, so I donated all of the revenue from CD sales to a children’s charity. Supporting a cause is what led my little album to sell out so quickly.

The beauty of altruism is in symbiosis. The model works - for everyone. Musicians create. Fans donate. Charities Benefit. Everyone wins. Play It Forward is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by volunteers and managed with minimal operating costs. This means that when artists sell their tracks to raise money for causes, 100% of the revenue is donated to their chosen charities.

Here at Play It Forward, we dream without walls. Sure, walls exist; when chasing a dream, they pop up everywhere. The fascinating thing about walls, however, is that there are so many creative ways to circumvent, surmount, and downright destroy them. When people want to use their talents to help others, we believe that the road to philanthropy should be as smooth as possible. Play It Forward is here to remove walls, or at least to hold the ladder for those selfless and courageous enough to climb onto the stage.

I hope that we have built a fun and creative venue where musicians and fans can band together to make the world a better place. Thank you for joining us as we draw open the curtain and start the show. Musicianship is a gift – let’s Play It Forward!

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Steve Mazza
Founder & Director
Play It Forward Music, Inc.