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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."

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By Alice Thomson

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

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