Child’s Play India Foundation Wins Grant from Hard 


Rock Heals Foundation


The Hard Rock Heals Foundation, in partnership with Hard Rock Hotel Goa, announced a $5,000 grant to be awarded to Child’s Play India Foundation in 2019 as part of its commitment to improving the lives and resiliency of local communities. Child’s Play India Foundation is one of 50 local grant winners around the world to get support from Hard Rock International’s charitable arm.


Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognised companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe.


The Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a registered 501(c) (3) charitable organisation and oversees all philanthropic outreach for Hard Rock International. Music is energy; it stirs emotion, inspires, connects and restores. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation exists to improve lives through the power of music. Since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock International has brought people together through the power of music.


Child’s Play India Foundation is an El Sistema inspired charity that seeks to instil positive values and provide social empowerment to India’s disadvantaged children through the teaching of classical music at the highest possible standard. It was founded by Dr Luis Dias in 2009. The organisation currently teaches violin, viola, cello, recorder, transverse flute, clarinet and piano to over 60 children in Goa and has another 40 children in its choir project. They also have two orchestras: the Camerata Child’s Play India, which consists of senior students, teachers, and local musicians from the community and Junior Camerata Child’s Play, which is made up of younger students.

Supporting this great initiative, Mr Vikas Sharma, Vice President Operations, Hard Rock Hotel Goa said, ‘Music and philanthropy are the heart and soul of Hard Rock and we’re thrilled to be a part of the brand’s dedicated effort to change the world, one beat at a time, through the power of music. We have been associated with Child’s Play India Foundation for 2 years now and we have seen immense talent in those kids. Their dedication and eagerness to learn is simply remarkable and we hope to enliven the lives of many more children through music education.’


‘The Hard Rock Heals Foundation lives by the ‘Love.Amplified.’ motto. As part of our effort to improve lives through the power of music, our yearly grant programme provides the opportunity for each Hard Rock team to nominate a charitable organisation in their community. With properties in more than 75 countries, this process allows us to serve diverse, local communities through trusted partners that share our belief in the universal healing power of music,’ said Kellie Brown, Manager of Global Philanthropy for Hard Rock International.


Dr Luis Dias, the founder and project director of Child's Play India Foundation said, ‘We are delighted to hear that Child's Play India Foundation is once again the chosen charity for Hard Rock Hotel Goa. We believe in the power of music to change lives and our mission is in serendipitous alignment with Hard Rock Heals Foundation's motto ‘Love. Amplified.’. This is our 10th anniversary year and the grant from Hard Rock Heals Foundation will allow us to continue our music education projects in Goa reaching out to over 120 children. We look forward to continuing our association with Hard Rock Hotel Goa and reaching out to many more disadvantaged children in Goa and beyond.’


This is the foundation’s third consecutive year supporting community-run programmes through grants that provide greater opportunities for those who share Hard Rock’s passion for music. In 2019, the Hard Rock Heals Foundation will donate a total of $250,000 to local charities in in support of their music-related efforts.


To see the full list of grant winners, and for more information on Hard Rock Heals Foundation, visit http://www.hardrock.com/healsfoundation.


For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.