Free accessible music workshops for disabled young people in Manchester



Drake Music is inviting  disabled young people aged 10-18 to apply to be part of ‘SATURDAY SOUNDTRACKERS’  a free 15-week-long accessible music Saturday School at Z-arts, Hulme, funded by BBC Children in Need.

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.

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

Beginners welcome!

Start Date: March 4th 2017
Duration: 15 weekly workshops in term time, 9.30 – 12pm

Workshop details
There will be two separate 45-minute sessions and young people will be grouped according to compatibility.

Group sizes will be kept small, therefore places are limited. They will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

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 10-18
– Identify as disabled
– Be interested in giving music a try


Saturday 4th March 2017
Saturday 11th March 2017
Saturday 18th March 2017
Saturday 25th March 2017
Saturday 1st April 2017
Saturday 8th April 2017
Saturday 29th April 2017
Saturday 6th May 2017
Saturday 13th May 2017
Saturday 20th May 2017
Saturday 10th June 2017
Saturday 17th June 2017
Saturday 24th June 2017
Saturday 1st July 2017
Saturday 8th July 2017

To apply for a place, please fill in our online form HERE.


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


Address: Drake Music North West, Z-arts,
335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester,
M15 5ZA.
Registered Charity no. 1034374

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:
Fil Hill – associate musician
Kris Gjerstad – associate musician
Abigail Ward – project manager

This project has been funded by BBC Children in Need.