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M4F project designs every step
(from the theory to the implementation)

for building music production studios
and delivering audio editing workshops among different penitentiary institutions in Europe

The project will achieve four main results and will produce four related outputs. These results are in line with the identified priorities: in a context of absolute social and educational marginality, they will achieve significant results in the framework of inclusion within the prison.

In addition, they offer as well a concrete possibility of redemption and self-enhancement and job opportunities as well, by opening up to new professions and increasing qualification of both young inmates and educational staff involved.

Music for Freedom
four results
The innovative component of our project

The implementation of in-prison workshops connects the systems of formal and non-formal education that coexist in many prisons in Europe.

Usually, there is a distinction between formal education paths (compulsory, technical, high school, university) managed directly by public personnel with classes for prisoners or individual lessons, and non-formal education paths, normally proposed by external organisations, by voluntary service.

M4F’s proposal allows the two dimensions to be brought closer together: starting a rap writing workshop enables to link up with literacy courses (e.g., Italian for foreigners); with traditional music writing courses; with knowledge of literature and poetry.

The creation of musical tracks and their mixing brings one closer to and calls for collaboration with digital education courses with basic knowledge of scientific, computer science and graphic disciplines.

These results will help to achieve the following goals:

Systematise rap music experiences in prison by finally providing a comprehensive picture of experiences in Europe (and comparing them with those in the U.S. and in other areas), training methods and achievements.

Create real experimental workshops equipped for music production: not only creative writing workshops, but also real mixing studios in prisons, including the implementation of training courses to become sound technicians and mix engineers. This is a key element in moving from the rap experience as an expressive/therapeutic exercise to a real path of acquiring professionalising digital technical skills.

Connect the trained young inmates directly with the world of music production, by organising privileged channels with the industry labels in Europe; the aim is to facilitate professional inclusion during or after detention and creative development in the industry.