Drake Music blog

“Challenging the way we work to grow what we do”

17. September 2014 - 15:09

this image shows the Drake Music logo, with D and M in bold, black capital letters I’ve recently been having meetings to look at Drake Music’s strategy for the next three years and beyond. In some senses this blog post is me thinking aloud, and it might sound like that, but I think it is important to share my thinking about the evolution of this wonderful organisation.

Connect and Collaborate London: 3rd Commission

19. August 2014 - 16:09

Following the success of Drake Music Connect and Collaborate London's music and video commissions In Motion and Ethnomusicality, we recently commissioned DM Associate Musician Gary Day to direct a reinterpretion/re-imagination of an existing song/piece of music, working with a small group of disabled musicians using assistive music technology (AMT).

Chinatown My Chinatown

8. August 2014 - 9:43

I was recently commissioned by Drake Music's 'Connect and Collaborate' strand (C&C) to reinterpret an existing piece of music, working with 3 experienced disabled musicians to compose and record the new piece over 3 sessions, using assistive music technology (AMT).

Connecting colleagues and amplifying our work - experiment analysis

31. July 2014 - 15:52
Drake Music logo on black background Drake Music logo on black background

For the past 18 months, I have been working with Drake Music on its use of social media tools to help market what the organisation does and also to help colleagues stay connected.

Drake Music, like every organisation, has a unique context. It is a small organisation with a dispersed workforce, many of whom work on a per-project basis - it has minimal central support staff.

When I first met CEO Carien Meijer I presented my thinking in terms of using social tools to help sow seeds, nurture relationships and build connections.

Change The Music: Kevin Beardall sings 'Stand By Me'

29. July 2014 - 11:50

Kevin Beardall sings 'Stand By Me' with the rest of Nice Touch, a band formed from Music Unlimited's 'Change the Music' project. 'Change The Music' is creative music project running in Bolton and Stockport for young people aged 16-25 with SEN/D. The project has been evaluated by Drake Music.

What Drake Music shared in June 2014

16. July 2014 - 10:14

Our Storify of what we shared in June 2014

I've just compiled a Storify of what Drake Music shared in June 2014. I really should rename the Storifies 'A month in the life of Drake Music' as that is what they are. You can see the Storify here.

Drake Music South West SoundSplash musicians perform at the Colston Hall.

14. July 2014 - 21:35

Here's a video of 5 young musicians from the Soundsplash group performing on Saturday the 12th of July. We played to a packed foyer in the Colston Hall in Bristol. Take a listen to our very own brand of west country psych-rock!

3 Schools - 1 Guitar Concerto - COLF 2014!

8. July 2014 - 22:59
Image: giant black inflatable, in the shape of a bowler hat, in a city square City of London Festival Bowler Hat in Paternoster Square

I was so pleased to be working on this year's City Of London Festival and to also have the opportunity to be working with 3 of the same schools and pupils who also participated in last year’s festival. This year’s theme and brief was ‘Street Guitar Concerto and Performance’.

Musical Adventures In Manchester - a short film

27. June 2014 - 12:11

The Prospectors are a 12-strong band of disabled musicians who've been meeting once a week in Heaton Moor near Stockport for over 6 years. They blend live bass, guitar and keys with assistive music technology to create unique versions of pop and dance classics.

Ableton Live is at the heart of the Prospectors' arrangements. Samples within Ableton are triggered using a range of switches, including hacked Playstation controllers. 

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