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For people held in UK immigration detention, music can be freedom.

Young or old, resident or refugee, 28,000 people every year are locked in UK immigration detention centres with no end date. Their lives are stopped while authorities decide their fate. We take music-making into these centres to share the words, music and life stories of the people held inside.

We use the power of music to help people like O'Neil

Held in a prison-like place, music can bring strength to the people in immigration detention. With this music, we share their stories and make their voices heard.

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Music changed everything for Pilo

Locked in immigration detention for five months, Pilo found strength through a red Yamaha bass guitar. When he picked it up and started playing in one of our workshops, he tells us he felt free, happy and human again.

Together, we make music and joy

Music is part of being human. It unites us all, across every culture. When your body is trapped, music can set the mind free. Through music we find a new way to express ourselves, our individuality, and tell our story.

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With your help

642

songs recorded with people in detention

26,436

people we’ve jammed, drummed and sung with

95%

of participants feel better

Are you in detention?

We’d love you to join us for a session. We have something for every skill level.

Have you been in detention?

We know things are still hard even though you’re out. We can help.

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Join a chorus of music-lovers bringing refuge and release to immigration detainees

If you love music, you know the power it has. When you’re held in UK immigration detention with no end in sight, music can be the difference between keeping or losing your sanity. By giving the joy of playing and writing music, you help those taken away find refuge, strength and release. An escape from the daily mental torture of being locked up inside. That’s the power of music.

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