Songs in the Key of Free

In Pennsylvania, Gabriela Bulisova and I worked at State Correctional Institute-Graterford, a maximum-security prison 45 minutes northwest of Philadelphia, with a unique program called “Songs in the Key of Free.” This innovative program, which restored music instruction for inmates after twenty years without a music program of any kind, brings together outside musicians and talented men to create original songs and performances. Our video is focused on the creative process that is giving birth to outstanding original music in multiple styles — and rejuvenating the lives of many men in the process. Songs in the Key of Free will also begin serving women in a downtown Philadelphia prison in Fall 2017. Please note that prison regulations in Pennsylvania forbid showing the faces of those incarcerated.