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A black man and a white woman, and wording: Carl and Grace, Inhouse Records

PODCAST [32] Reducing prisoner reoffending with music – Carl and Grace of Inhouse Records 

In this episode, I talk with musicians Carl aka C. Roots, and Grace Holbrook from InHouse Records. InHouse is an award-winning record label for change, working inside and outside of prisons with emerging musicians who are prisoners. The team works to both highlight the creative potential of prisoners and to reduce reoffending, focusing on what’s strong, not what’s wrong.  They’re supported by a range of impressive partners and funders from the Universal Music Group to the Ministry of Justice, and have won awards for their social enterprise work.

You can listen now below, or on Spotify (search for the name) and iTunes or your favourite podcast app.

What’s in this episode?

We talk about:

  • Carl’s initial involvement with InHouse while finishing his 16-year prison sentence
  • How the InHouse Records programme works
  • Finding and training musicians for the work
  • The InHouse Records approach to passing on music skills: choice, relationship and music; accountability, adaptability and communication
  • Using Arts Awards and industry awards
  • The impact on reoffending
  • Advice for musicians considering work in prisons
  • Where you can see InHouse Records performers over the coming months

Links for this episode

InHouse Records website

Interview with Carl on the Big Issue website

InHouse Records podcast – search ‘InHouse Records’ on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, and other podcast apps

InHouse Records podcast episode 11 – interview with Carl aka C. Roots

Poetic Justice event 7 April, Brixton

InHouse Records at Brighton Festival 7-29 May

InHouse Records at Latitude, Suffolk, 21-24 July details TBC

 About the music for education & wellbeing podcast

Listen in each month to get ideas, inspiration and practical advice from people involved in music education, community music, music therapy and more. Learn how you can break down barriers to music, through communications, advocacy and inclusive practice.

The music for the podcast was created by Otis Hynds, a young person working with Noise Solution.


Transcript for the Music for education & wellbeing podcast [32] TRANSCRIPT: Carl and Grace from InHouse Records


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