Committed to helping people achieve positive, meaningful creative goals, Musical Connections invites men at Sing Sing Correctional Facility to create and perform music with visiting artists. A series of workshops focuses on developing composition, arrangement, instrumental, and vocal skills, while several concerts for the facility’s residents, staff, and families feature original works written and performed by the artistic community.
After returning home to New York City, men meet regularly to support each other, inform the program as an advisory committee, and continue to make and perform music with support from Musical Connections teaching artists. A band made up of members of the committee, THE FREEDOM TRAP, performs at a range of conferences and gatherings. The musicians’ individual stories and music are regularly featured as part of events presented by academic, philanthropic, governmental, and justice-involved organizations.
Partnership Opportunities: Teaching Artists
Available for Partnerships: New York State
Season: School Year
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Learn firsthand about the artistic community at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, part of Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections.
Featured Original Music
Listen to music composed by men at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, who perform their work with visiting artists for the facility’s residents and staff.
Lead support for Musical Connections is provided by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari and the Ford Foundation.
Major funding is provided by Ameriprise Financial and MetLife Foundation.
Additional support has been provided by JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation.