Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Bid to Allow Use of Steel-String Guitars in Prisons Won

The bid is supported by musicians including Billy Bragg
The bid is supported by musicians including Billy Bragg
A campaign for prisoners to have access to steel-string guitars has been granted.

An open letter for The Guardian, written in April and signed by musicians such as Billy Bragg, Johnny Marr, David Gilmour, Richard Hawley, Seasick Steve and more, urged the minister for justice to allow access to the instruments at the discretion of prison staff.

"We need to support purposeful activities like learning to play an instrument," said MP Kevin Brennan.

Billy Bragg heads up Jail Guitar Doors, a not-for-profit initiative that aims to provide instruments for prisoners which may help rehabilitation.

Bragg is happy with the result of the bid, saying, "I've had a number of projects involving guitars on hold which will now be able to go ahead, and will allow those using music in prisons to get on with this important work."

Follow Gear4music.com on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to hear about the latest music gear offers and news.

By Alice Thomson

Posted on 29 Jul 2014 12:25 to category : Instruments News

Related Music News

thumbnail

The third piece of software from Toontrack's run of Superior Drummer products, Superior Drummer 3 offers a whole range of brand new and enhanced features.

17 Aug 2017 12:23
thumbnail

Designed to complement the TR-08 Rhythm Composer, the Roland SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler offers a plethora of exciting new sampling methods for live performances.

8 Aug 2017 08:10
thumbnail

Use it in your bedroom or take it to the stage, Pioneer's DJM-750 MK2 DJ Mixer is equipped to handle the most demanding requirements of the modern day DJ.

3 Aug 2017 09:22
thumbnail

Using DSP technology and a selection of integrated profiles, SubZero's new range of digital speakers are able to adapt to a variety of different applications.

31 Jul 2017 12:00
thumbnail

Making a much-anticipated return, Yamaha's illustrious Tour Custom kits are penned to cater to the working drummer in need of a sturdy and reliable workhorse.

14 Jul 2017 12:02
thumbnail

The latest entry into the acclaimed microphone brands line-up, the sE8 Small Condenser Microphone packs a big punch despite its diminutive and compact frame.

13 Jul 2017 13:24

Recent Music News

thumbnail

Alesis' II Mesh Electronic Drum Kit is a kit geared specifically towards advanced drummers looking to explore a variety of different timbres and sounds.

16 Aug 2017 12:26
thumbnail

Celebrating 50 years since his iconic performance at Monterey pop festival, Fender's Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster recreates the sound of a cultural icon.

16 Aug 2017 10:08
thumbnail

Building upon the already established fan favourite DJ-808 DJ Controller, Roland have now announced the launch of the portable and compact DJ-202 DJ Controller.

14 Aug 2017 08:00
thumbnail

Coinciding with the launch of its brand new DJ-202 counterpart, the Roland DJ-505 DJ Controller breathes a breath of new life into Roland's renowned DJ range.

14 Aug 2017 08:00
thumbnail

New to Roland's illustrious boutique range, the SH-01A builds upon the foundations of the revered SH-1A, granting the player a whole range of vintage voices.

8 Aug 2017 08:10
thumbnail

Based on the legendary TR-808m the TR-08 Rhythm Composer brings all of the legendary capabilities of its forefather into a more modern and streamlined format.

8 Aug 2017 08:10