WANTED: disabled DJs / musicians / producers for free accessible music course in Manchester

Drake Music is inviting disabled DJs/producers/musicians aged 18+ from across the North West to apply to be part of a free week-long accessible DJ/production course led by MOBO Award nominated jazz composer and DJ, Matthew Halsall.

Matt and members of his band will team up with Drake Music to deliver an exciting course exploring sampling, arranging, producing and performing using Assistive Music Technology.

DJ Dyce PHOTO: Rachel Carr
DJ Dyce PHOTO: Rachel Carr

The project will comprise:

1 full day workshop with live musicians at Band on the Wall

4 morning workshops at Z-arts

1 live evening performance at STUN theatre space, Z-arts

3 live mini-performances at local schools and colleges

Before-and-after home mentoring sessions for each participant

Venues are wheelchair accessible

To apply you must:

Be 18+

Identify as disabled

Have a passion for DJ culture, music and music production

Have an interest in technology

Be available on the following dates*

February 2015

Thursday 12th (all day),

Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th, Friday 20th (mornings)

Monday 23rd  (afternoon & evening)

 *Home mentoring dates and schools performance dates are to be arranged.

 To apply, please tell us:

Why you want to take part in the project

Who your favourite musician, producer or DJ is and why

What kinds of technology you have enjoyed using up to now

How you would like to hear from us regarding your application, e.g. email or phone

About any access requirements you may have

You can use whatever method of communication you prefer to apply, e.g.: email, video recording, audio recording, letter.

Email: abigailward@drakemusic.org
Phone number: 0161 232 6073
Address: Drake Music North West, Z-arts
335 Stretford Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA.

Registered Charity no.

The closing date is Tuesday 16th December 2014.

(Please feel free to get in touch if this deadline is a problem).

We aim to respond to every applicant, but if you haven’t heard from us by Thursday December 18th, you have not been successful on this occasion.

We will thoroughly evaluate this pilot project, with the aim of creating more accessible DJ/production courses in the coming months and years.  So, musicians unable to take part in this first course may well be able to be involved in the future.

This project has been funded by Big Lottery Fund.

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