Free accessible music project for learning disabled young people in Manchester


Drake Music is inviting learning disabled young people aged 11-25 from Greater Manchester to apply to be part of ‘SUMMER SOUNDTRACKERS’ a free week-long accessible music project at Z-arts, Hulme.

The project will focus on creating exciting new music using assistive music technology, such as iPads, adapted switches, DJ tools and Theraminis, alongside traditional musical instruments and vocal work.

SUMMER SOUNDTRACKERS is suitable for young people with limited movement/dexterity and those with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Beginners welcome!

The project will comprise:

– 5 free 2-hr workshops in the STUN studio space at Z-arts

– 1 sharing event for friends, parents & carers at which the young musicians will showcase their music

Our venue is wheelchair accessible.

A contribution towards travel costs is available for low-waged families and those in receipt of benefits.

To apply you must:

– Be 11-25

– Identify as learning disabled

– Have a real passion for music

– Be available on the following dates:


Mon 24th 11am-1pm
Tue 25th 11am-1pm
Wed 26th 11am-1pm
Thur 27th 11am-1pm
Fri 28th 11am-1pm
Sat 29th 11am-1pm (sharing event at 12pm)

To apply, please fill in the following survey :

If you would prefer you can answer the questions in the survey using video, audio, or in a letter using the contact details below.

Office: 0161 232 6073
Mobile: 07849 907530
Address: Drake Music North West, Z-arts,
335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester,
M15 5ZA.
Registered Charity no. 1034374

CLOSING DATE: 9am, Thursday 30th July 2015 

If you haven’t heard from us by Friday 31st July 2015, we regret that you haven’t been successful on this occasion.

We will thoroughly evaluate this pilot project, with the aim of creating more accessible music courses in the future. Musicians who are unable to take part in this course may well be able to be involved in the future.

Drake Music team:
Jon Hering – associate musician
Fil Hill – associate musician
Caro C – associate musician
Abigail Ward – project manager

This project has been funded by Ernest Cook Trust.