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A networked approach to promoting meaningful musical pathways for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

Music In Detention

MID runs participatory music activities with immigration detainees and excluded groups living nearby. They share thoughts and emotions, learn musical skills and create arresting music of raw power. They make their voices heard and learn from each other’s life experience. This work builds resilience, confidence, and informed attitudes about immigration.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation


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Three most commonly faced challenges

Young offender, Young carer, Asylum Seeker

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Hillingdon, Hounslow
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Vocal, Untuned percussion, Training, Technology, Performance, Improvisation, Composition/songwriting


Rap MC, Pop and Rock, Hip Hop, Beatboxing, African

Non music-specific activities

The work of MID aims to provide participants with a connection to immigration detainees; developing skills such as empathy, understanding, common ground, and challenging stigma.

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Music In Detention are recruited from:

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Definition of Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:

For more information see: - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)