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.

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



Latest project: World Upon My Shoulder

In February 2016 Music In Detention teamed up with OYAP Trust to deliver a series of 12 participatory music making workshops with detainees being held at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre and young people attending Base 33, a youth centre in Witney, Oxfordshire supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the area. Read more about this project...

Want to hear the music?

Listen to music from detainee and community projects, view artwork and discuss!

Where we work

Our Partners

  • Music for Change
  • Asian Music Circuit
  • Motiv8
  • Family Groups: Bedford
  • Oxford Homless Pathways
  • Dover Youth HQ
  • Priory Fields Primary School
  • Harlington Community School
  • Fusion United Voices
  • Nimrod Community Centre
  • Fareham & Gosport MIND
  • Restore
  • Oakley Rural day centre
  • Crisis Skylight Oxford
  • Oxfordshire Youth
  • ArtsXChange
  • Rowner Community Trust
  • Artswork - Strong Voices
  • YMCA West London
  • Porchlight
  • Bedford Creative Arts
  • OYAP (Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership) Trust
  • Base 33