A number of articles regarding the benefits of music and the arts from around the web today:
Help wanted: Creative thinkers to solve business problems
Asbury Park Press
Music must be a necessity, not a luxury
Iowa City Press Citizen
Cultivating a love of music behind bars: Summer Songwriting Workshop at Oakdale fosters expression
In the case of the songwriting workshops in prison, I can’t help but think that perhaps music introduced earlier in the lives of these individuals might have changed the direction of their lives.