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



Dance Works

In November 2019 residents from Langley Green Hospital in Crawley showcased the fruits of the Dance In Detention project, an eight-week long collaboration with people detained at Tinsley House Immigration Detention Centre.

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