Loophole Music

At Loophole Music we work with everyone, from experienced musicians to complete beginners. The sessions cover a range of skills including songwriting, music technology, acoustic jamming, production, recording and promotion.

We offer these as ongoing weekly sessions in secure hospitals or as five-day courses in prisons, with a mixture of one-to-one and small-group sessions.

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Through Loophole Music, we support participants to:

  • Continue to develop their personal recovery aims through the creation of music
  • Develop vocational skills
  • Develop transferable skills and attributes that are central to their well-being, social participation and desistance from crime
  • Ease their transition from secure settings to community

Participants might improvise together to make a brand new song and record it live, or someone might bring a piece of music, rap or lyrics they’ve been working on and get help to produce and record it. We encourage participants to become confident in their songwriting and creative ideas and support them in developing skills and techniques to record and promote their own music.

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We continue to support participants as they transition from secure settings into the community – a time when there is a high risk of them relapsing or re-offending. Participant feedback shows that our courses connect with them and motivate them to progress onto further learning, so we harness this and offer all participants the option of joining join our Keep in Touch programme

Keep in Touch programme.

Time – a short film about the process involved in making music

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Loophole Music ran 1-to-1 sessions at Bethlem Royal Hospital instead of our usual group work. Watch Tony, Kieran and Bison create an original song from scratch in one of these sessions. Written and recorded in lockdown 2020, they created an aptly named song about ‘Time’.

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