Right now, hundreds of people are detained at Gatwick Airport Immigration Removal Centre. Many have been here for months, some even for years. Their lives are on pause, indefinitely. Sadly many self-harm or attempt to take their own life. But together we can press play. Music In Detention plans to run music sessions to create a unique album, forever capturing emotions and stories of the people detained. Donate today and we promise you'll hear the music that we all made possible.
Many people detained in Brook House have lived in the UK for years, even since childhood. Others are looking for a better, safer way of life. Whoever they are, we believe everyone deserves to be treated as a human. Yet nobody knows when they can leave, whether weeks or years. The UK is the only EU country that detains people indefinitely. People feel their lives are on pause, with many unable to see their families. Depression is the norm. People self-harm and attempt to take their own lives.
Sometimes in life we can't explain what's happening, but the power of song-writing can express how it feels. With your support, 300 people detained at Brook House will work with professional musicians to make a truly unique album. Starting early next year, detainees will write lyrics, sing, dance and play instruments, each tapping into their own unique story and musical heritage to find a way to creatively express emotions. It will empower them to press play and rekindle hope for the future.
The people detained at Brook House will choose their favourite tracks for professional recording and editing. Each of them will have access to a copy on CD to serve as a permanent record of the days they took their lives off pause, enabling them to come back to its power when they need it the most. We'll also share the music online, so voices from detention will forever be heard by supporters like you who made the music possible, and by many others, positively celebrating our shared humanity.