‘Songs in the Key of Free’ helps prisoners find redemption through music

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Redemption through music. This is the mission of Songs in the Key of Free, and organization that is showing solidarity with incarcerated individuals by bringing their voices, perspectives, and experiences to the public via song.

It’s a collaboration with the SCI-Graterford Prison, The Curtis Institute of Music, and a handful of volunteers that help inmates realize their musical vision. On Wednesday’s Radio Times, guest-host Mary Cummings-Jordan spoke to one inmate, Cody, who said the program “is telling me that I am good, and that I matter.”

Radio Times also played songs that have come out of the program, including “What These Hands Have Done,” written and performed by Cody: 

Cody is a Graterford inmate who’s been working with Songs in the Key of Free to record his music. He told us what the program means to him. pic.twitter.com/pyc7UVeCG0

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A multi-media presentation of the music of Songs in the Key of Free is taking place at The Painted Bride in Philadelphia on Saturday. The event is part of the Restorative Justice Voices project.

Listen to the full conversation on Radio Times.

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