Closing Session

Wednesday, May 22 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | M112

Join AJA for a special conference closing session where we feature The Beat of Life, a Nashville-based organization that provides therapeutic songwriting and music programs to city's most vulnerable, challenged, and hurting populations. They currently work with the mentally ill through "Beautiful Minds," youth on anti-bullying through "Sing It To Stop It," and inmates through "Redemption Songs."

The “Redemption Songs” program is designed to serve the inmate populations in jails, prisons, and juvenile detention facilities, as well as children of the inmates through music programs specifically designed for youth with an incarcerated parent.

Attendees learn about how the program came to life and has grown, why music is so powerful and transformative, and ideas for providing programs like these in facilities across the country -- all while being treated to a performance of songs written together by songwriters and inmate
s.

To read more about The Beat of Life and Redemption Songs, click here for the cover story from the January/February issue of American Jails magazine.