About Us

Royal Boil Alice onstage, the band leader raises his hands as a singer stands in the spotlight and musicians play

Drake Music is the leading national organisation working in music, disability and technology.

Our vision

Non-disabled people can make music in many ways. We want the same for Disabled people. We want equal opportunities for everyone to make music.

Our vision is a world where Disabled people have the same range of opportunities, instruments and encouragement, where Disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals.

Who we are

Drake Music is a national arts charity working across the UK. We have bases in Bristol, Manchester and London. We are a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England and are also funded through Youth Music.

We have been pioneering the use of assistive music technology for over 20 years. This enables more people to make music.

In that time, we have developed lots of imaginative methods of teaching, learning, writing and playing music.

We are specialists in using technology to break down disabling barriers to making music.

What we do

Central to our work is the belief that everyone can fulfill their creative and musical potential, given the right opportunities.

We work where music, disability and technology meet to:

  •  create opportunities and instruments that make music fully accessible
  •  increase participation in music-making at all levels
  •  build an integrated musical culture where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals

Our skilled team has an excellent track record of developing and delivering outreach, training and education initiatives for disabled musicians of all ages and abilities.

We research and develop new accessible musical instruments and technologies to create more ways with, by and for disabled people to make music.

Our artistic development programme supports disabled musicians to progress their work and we offer training and consultancy for teachers, music hubs and other organisations.


 

The figures that we have from Ofsted show that between 2008 and 2011, only 6% of students with disabilities were involved in learning a musical instrument, compared to 14% of students without a disability. That is a clear disparity.

There was also a consultation by Drake Music in 2012, which revealed that there are still a number of barriers to overcome with regard to effective music education for disabled children. There need to be improvements in the areas of organisation, training and equipment provision. Nevertheless, the capacity to have change and a music education for those with disabilities exists.”

Lord German, House Of Lords debate, 30th July 2014

 


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