#DMLabChallenge supported by the British Council


The #DMLabChallenge is a 4 week accessible musical instrument making challenge. Instruments created will be showcased at an invited British Council event happening alongside Unlimited Festival at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 9th September.

The brief is to make a prototype musical instrument that is designed to be accessible for a disabled musician. In designing the instrument you are to consider the specific access requirements that your design is designed to overcome, and present a proof of concept.

For this challenge we are particularly interested in ideas that can be replicated in other countries or regions of the world – can you identify a design that can have an international impact? For example replicable at a low cost, breaking a cultural barrier, running on solar power or able to play non western musical tones and rhythms.

To be a part of this challenge, you need to submit your concept to Drake Music by Friday 12th August. On Monday 15th August we will announce the 8 successful projects, each of which will be allocated a £150 budget towards the development of a working proof of concept or hack.

All entries must be available to showcase from 2pm on Friday 9th September to display throughout the day. The presentation of projects will be at 5pm on Friday 9th September.

Submissions and any questions should be made to gawainhewitt@drakemusic.org .

Questions can also be asked on twitter @DrakeMusicRandD

By entering the competition you are agreeing to the terms and conditions which follow:

Terms and Conditions

1.How to Enter

1.1  To join the innovation challenge entrants will need to email your idea to gawainhewitt@drakemusic.org by Friday August 12th. We want to see ideas that explore new ways to make music making accessible for disabled musicians.

1.2  The entrants may enter more than once, each email/idea counts as a separate entry

2. When to Enter and Who Can Enter

2.1 The competition opens on Friday 29th July 2016 and closes Friday 12th August

2.2 Entrants can enter at any point between these dates

2.3 Entrants may enter as many times as they wish.

2.4 The competition is open to all, however under 16’s would need to be accompanied by an adult when attending the event at the Southbank Centre due to health and safety because of the equipment being used. No one professionally connected with the administration of the competition can enter.


3.1 The prize for 8 winners of the innovation challenge will be a £150 budget to develop a hack and/or proof of concept to showcase at the Drake Music/ British Council Hackathon on Friday 9th September 2016. Final decision on winners to be made by Drake Music and winner announced and contacted on Monday 15th August by email.

3.2 The prize is not exchangeable for cash

3.3 The prize is non transferable

4.Data Protection and Publicity

4.1 On entering you consent to your full name, photograph and basic information (as available via social media profiles) being disclosed on Drake Music digital channels or other media if you win the prize

4.2 Any personal data relating to participants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation. By entering the Competition, you agree that Drake Music may contact you in relation to the Competition

4.3 The Competition Winner will be contacted by Drake Music by email. You must provide accurate contact details on notification

4.4 Drake Music reserve the right to use the image, voice, photograph, name and likeness of the Winners for publicity and in advertising, marketing or promotional material without additional compensation or prior notice to the Winner. In entering the innovation challenge, all participants consent to such use of their voice, image photograph, name and likeness

5.Competition Rules

5.1 The Competition will run and prize awarded at the sole discretion of Drake Music

5.2 We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access to the Drake Music website or apps, and to refuse entry to the Innovation Challenge.

5.4 We reserve the right to change the Competition rules and these terms and conditions from time to time. If we do so, we will always have the most up to date terms and conditions on the website and in the case of discrepancy between these terms and conditions and those on the Website, the Website terms and conditions will apply. Your use of the Website will constitute your acceptance of the new rules/terms and conditions

5.5 All intellectual property rights in the images or materials on the Website may not be used without express permission of Drake Music.

6. Liability and Indemnities

6.1 Except in the case of death or personal injury arising from it’s negligence, or in respect of fraud, so far as is permitted by law, Drake Music and it’s associated companies and agents exclude responsibility and all liabilities, whether direct or indirect, arising from:

6.1.1 any postponement or cancellation of the competition;

6.1.2 any changes to, supply or use of the prize; and

6.1.3 any act or default of any suppler which is beyond Drake Music’s reasonable control

6.2 Drake Music shall not be liable, whether in tort, contract, misrepresentation or otherwise for loss of profits, loss of anticipated savings, loss of goods, loss

of use, loss or corruption of data or information or any special, indirect, consequential or pure economic loss, costs, damages, charges or expenses

6.3 You agree to indemnify Drake Music against all liabilities, claims and expenses that may arise from any breach of your agreement with Drake Music


7.1 The Competition and these Terms and Conditions are governed by English Law. England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with these terms and conditions.