SPOTLIGHT: Musicambia

Musicambia is an arts organization creating a system of music schools within correctional facilities to provide inmates the chance to develop self-confidence and communication skills to carry them through and after incarceration. By providing educational programs that teaches music theory, ear training, composition and ensemble performance skills, the non-profit works to build a supportive community where inmates can rebuild their lives and look to the future with a positive outlook.

Musicambia student MJ performs his song Untitled at the Musicambia at Sing Sing Program concert in November 2018. He is joined by fellow students Shedrick on percussion, Dragon on bass and faculty member Jan Esbra on guitar.
Musicambia student MJ performs his song Untitled at the Musicambia at Sing Sing Program concert in November 2018. He is joined by fellow students Shedrick on percussion, Dragon on bass and faculty member Jan Esbra on guitar.

Founded
 by Nathan Schram in 2013 when he noticed the uplifting effect his concert with Carnegie Hall had on the men at Riker's Island Correctional Facility, the organization has since grown into a multi-state endeavor currently operating in New York, South Carolina, and Indiana with pilot programs in development in California and Ohio. Locally, the group currently partners with Sing Sing Correctional Facility (Ossining, NY) and Columbia Girls Secure Center (Claverack, NY) and the Brooklyn Detention Complex (Brooklyn, New York). Musicambia intends to spread programming to all 50 states within the next 15 years.

Additionally, Musicambia continues to work with their students after incarceration through its Alumni Program and Friendraisers, which spread awareness through informal cocktail parties hosted by supporters giving staff and alumni the chance to tell their story and perform. The public is encouraged to participate and attend these, along with the other public programs listed on their calendar.

Musicambia is a leader in encouraging individuals re-entering our communities by giving them necessary collaborative skills and celebrating the participants' achievements. The testimonials alone show how music can benefit life in prison and lead to a second chance.
Bringing the Power of Music to Inmates at Sing Sing
Bringing the Power of Music to Inmates at Sing Sing. Produced by Stephanie Simon of NY1.

Musicambia
 is one of the organizations that have used the Neighborhood Preservation Center's meeting room space for their committee meetings. For a full list of meeting room organizations and more information, please visit our website.