Trainee Opportunity for Visually Impaired Musicians

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Emergent: A Music Legacy Trainees provides paid ‘on the job’ training opportunities for emerging Disabled music leaders/ musicians.

We are pleased to announce two new placement opportunities for Visually Impaired (VI) musicians in Greater London, funded by the Greater London Fund for the Blind and beginning in September.

This is an opportunity for two VI musicians at, or near, the beginning of their careers to develop new skills for their portfolio career.

Previous placements opportunities have included technology-assisted group music making projects with young Disabled pupils and working with adult music ensembles.

What does the training involve?

Emergent: A Music Legacy Trainees is ‘on the job’ training for musicians who want to facilitate music workshops and classes.

You can build skills and experience in:

  • leading, facilitating and teaching music making workshops
  • working with a variety of different participants
  • using a range of styles of music and approach
  • using music technology in workshops & classes
  • working in music education or community spaces

Trainees will get:

  • Experience working alongside a Drake Music Associate Musicians on an upcoming participatory music project
  • Training days to develop their own music practice
  • One-to-one mentoring from an established DM Associate Musician. This will focus on facilitation skills, techniques and personal development goals for their professional career.
  • Increased profile by sharing their experience through Drake Music networks (e.g. blogging, tweeting, film).

Placements will start in September.

About Emergent

Emergent: A Music Legacy, now in its final year, is a 3-year Drake Music programme funded by Help Musicians UK in response to the needs and requests we get from Disabled musicians to widen their portfolio of work opportunities within the music sector.

We also campaign for better representation of Disabled people in the music education workforce and this programme offers a pathway into the sector for Disabled musicians.

At Drake Music we work with a wide array of musicians and facilitators as part of our Learning and Participation team. Their backgrounds include everything from classical music, to music production, through to sound art installations. The work covers a range of areas, including school music lessons, ensembles of young musicians and sessions in care and community spaces.

The one passion that connects these musicians – and our work – is how technology, such as iPads, SoundBeam or bespoke musical instruments, can be used to make music accessible for all.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible you must:

  • Identify as Visually Impaired
  • Be a musician (all genres/backgrounds welcome)
  • Live/work in Greater London
  • Not have extensive experience of delivering music making workshops and events.
  • Want to develop your practice as a music facilitator

Age is not part of the selection criteria. If you are a more established musician, but do not have experience of leading music making sessions then you are welcome to apply.

How do I apply?

To apply for this opportunity please send the following:

  • CV or similar, with particular reference to your musical experience
  • Details of one referee who knows you well. It can be professional or personal
  • 500 words about why you are applying for this opportunity
  • 500 words describing your musical practice
  • 250 words on any mentoring or support you feel you may benefit from, in relation to your practice

We are happy to accept your application in different formats, such as video or audio files.

If you require Drake Music to make any reasonable adjustments to the proposal process, please do get in touch.

We will work together with the successful applicants to address any barriers and access requirements so that we can create a mutually supportive and inclusive project.

Apply now

Send your applications to:

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, 30th July

Questions?  Email Miryam, or contact our London office.

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