DMLab supports the development of new accessible musical instruments for disabled musicians.

Our aim is to develop the DMLab programme to be able to offer an open call to disabled musicians for bespoke instrument development by the end of 2017.


Accessible musical instruments remove barriers to music making for disabled musicians, allowing creative expression and choice in music making.

There is a real need for a broader variety of accessible instruments, at Drake Music we bridge the gap between musicians and makers, technologists, coders and developers to pioneer new accessible music technology.

Non-disabled people can make music in many ways and at many different levels. Drake Music’s vision is a world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities and a culture of integrated music-making, where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals.


We meet regularly in London and Manchester, and have a strong community of makers and musicians that we work with. They bring their musicality, ideas, innovations, dreams, specific access needs and technical know how. From this, simply amazing new musical instruments and projects are conceived and developed.

DMLab also runs strategic projects, such as testing new musical instruments with musicians and in schools, working as partners with academics and companies and testing virtual accessible rehearsal spaces.

Drake Music believe that sharing knowledge is the most profound way to inspire change, as it invites collaboration and feeds innovation and thinking.

For this reason we are firm supporters of the open source principle. While we do not impose this on our community, we aspire to share our findings whenever possible to inspire and support more progress in accessible music making, locally, nationally and internationally.

New musical instruments are tested in schools and with artists, and inform and resource our learning, training and artistic work.

If you are interested in working with Drake Music, please call the National Office on 020 7739 5444 to discuss or email