Music In Detention (MID) was set up in 2005 to support immigration detainees through the humanising power of music. Since then its core business has been running participatory music workshops in Immigration Removal Centres.
Our grant helped give MID a period of stability at an early stage of development, enabling it both to build a solid foundation for its work and to expand its range and volume. MID has established a clear governance framework, recruited new trustees with diverse skills, and produced a longer-term business model to sustain and expand the impact of its work. In terms of delivery, MID has scaled up its workshops with detainees, from 37 to 114 each year, in nine of the 11 centres in the UK, resulting in benefits to around 3,000 people. It has pioneered new 'community exchange' projects between detainees and local communities, and independent evaluation points to the positive impacts the work has on detainees, staff and relations between them in detention centres.
Measurable impact: The outcomes of this grant are demonstrated through the range of measures listed above. This focus on impact - in this instance, at the level of the individual, community and organisation - is important for all Open Grants applications.