We are pleased to announce that Drake Music has been shortlisted for the Creative Choices Award in the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2019!
These awards shine a light on the individuals who have shown an outstanding commitment to skill development and learning in the creative industries, ensuring the next generation have skills so that the creative sector continues to thrive.
The Creative Choices Award focuses on those who have shown continued excellence in breaking down the barriers to entry in the creative and cultural sector.
Drake Music’s Think22 team have been nominated for their campaigning and advocacy work as part of the Think2020 programme, supported by Youth Music.
Advocacy & change
In 2017 we carried out research into the representation of Disabled people in the music education workforce and found that the figures were either incredibly low, or did not even exist.
This means that there aren’t enough Disabled role models in music education, Disabled voices aren’t part of the music ed conversation and this career doesn’t seem like an option to young Disabled musicians.
As part of our Think2020 work we began a campaign to tackle this, involving 3 key elements:
- A drive to ensure strong representation for disabled people in the Drake Music team – being the change we wanted to see in the world.
- A public campaign for better representation, culminating in a national event with over 100 influential people from across music education attending and a published guide to diversifying the music ed workforce.
- An open-access scheme for emerging disabled musicians to train as music leaders, with on-the-job mentoring and real-life teaching experience working with our partners across the music ed sector.
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The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on 1 April in the National Museum Cardiff.