Music In Detention works with immigration detainees, bringing them together with professional musicians and local communities to share, create and enjoy music, enabling often-ignored voices to be heard in new ways.

Music In Detention believes that working through music can give immigration detainees a powerful way to voice their feelings, concerns and hopes. We also believe that music can help break down barriers of prejudice about immigration and asylum, so we work with communities local to detention centres to create music in response to detainees and their stories. We've been bringing expert musicians into centres since 2005. Each year we involve around 2,500 detainees and 200 community participants, in over 200 workshops and produce up to eight CDs of new music.

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Special Commendation for Music In Detention in Royal Society for Public Health Arts & Health Awards 2013



Sing A Song - one of 20 Simple Acts for Refugee Week

Music In Detention is delighted to be involved in one of the ‘20 Simple Acts for 20 years of Refugee Week' by re-launching our callout to choirs project to cover one of our songs recorded in immigration detention! Read our previous news item for more info on the idea.

With the help of dedicated volunteers, we have chosen four tracks for choirs to cover and have put together some resources to help the learning process.

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