Think2020 is a 3 Year Youth Music funded project. We are one of 13 organisations to have been awarded this funding, which is based on organisational strategy development and partnership working.

For our final year – 2017/18 – we are campaigning for increased opportunities & visbility for Disabled musicians in the music education workforce and will be hosting a new type of music education conference on 9th March 2018.

Training session via teleconference

The Aim

Think2020 aims to increase musical opportunities for disabled children and young people through strategic and sustainable partnership work in the music education sector.

Music-making, creative expression and musical progression for disabled children and young people are achievable and are also important and beneficial in numerous ways.

Drake Music can help to make it simple for music service providers to open up access to music for young disabled musicians.

We want to support the music education sector to:

  • Plan strategically
  • Work sustainably
  • Promote high aspirations for SEN/ Disabled musicians and leaders

Why ‘Think2020’?

The thinking behind the name is that we are working to develop clear, strategic and focused ways of working to remove disabling barriers in the music education sector, not only over these 3 years, but well into the future.

What we are doing

We are strengthening our networks and modelling, championing and sharing fully accessible and inclusive musical approaches:

  • Working with our partners to ensure that disabled children and young people have the opportunity to access and progress in music-making.
  • Influencing national policy and practice.
  • Working to ensure that SEN/D music becomes an integral part of music hubs’ offer.
  • Establishing and supporting a Community of Learning.

Useful Blog Posts

As part of our work we post resources and reflections on our blog to support the SEN/D music education sector by sharing our learning.

Here are a few quick highlights from the blog:


If you would like to know more about Think2020 please contact Douglas Noble on

About Think2020

The team:

Joint Strategic Leads
Carien Meijer,  Drake Music Chief Executive –
Douglas Noble, Drake Music Associate National Manager Training and Consultancy

Think2020 National SEN/D Education Manager
Jonathan Westrup –

Think 2020 Project Manager
Ruth Currie –


In Year 1 we are working with the following partners:
Treolar School
THAMES – Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service
Hertfordshire Music Service
Soundhub – Music education in Kent
Norwich and Norfolk Festival Bridge


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Think2020 is one of 13 organisations funded by Youth Music Fund C.

Fund C awards larger grants for projects with a dual role of delivery and strategic work; developing, promoting and supporting musically inclusive practice