Resident Artist Applications Open

Three musicians playing harp, clarinet and double bass onstage in the spotlight
Photo: M. Clifford

We are excited to open artist applications for our Drake Music Collective programme, a professional development initiative for Disabled musicians.   

What is the Drake Music Collective? 

The Drake Music Collective programme aims to change the landscape for Disabled musicians, making a career as a musician more accessible and sustainable.  

In 2023 we will be working closely with Disabled musicians to: 

  • Understand the barriers to developing a sustainable creative career faced by Disabled musicians. 
  • Provide mentorship opportunities for Disabled musicians at the start of their creative careers. 
  • Create structures to provide ongoing support to Disabled musicians in developing and progressing their creative careers. 

Resident Artists

The core of the project will be led by two Resident Artists, who will be on a placement with us for 7 months starting in summer 2023. Both resident artists will create a new piece of music and will be able to pursue opportunities for creative development. They will also each have a specific area of focus:   

The Resident Artist/ Creative Facilitator will focus on mentoring early-career disabled musicians through a bursary programme.   

The Resident Artist/ Access Champion will focus on understanding barriers disabled people face to a sustainable creative career and exploring possible solutions.    

Who is it for? 

The programme is open to musicians who identify as Disabled and live/work in the UK. Some travel to London and/or Manchester may be required, although we are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments if this is not accessible. 

This applies to both the Resident Artist roles and the bursary programme for early-career artists.   


Disabled: We use ‘Disabled’ as an umbrella term to include anyone who faces disabling barriers. For example, people with physical or sensory differences, people with invisible disabilities, d/Deaf people, Neurodivergent people and people who face disabling barriers due to mental health conditions. 

Musician: We use ‘Musician’ as a global term to cover any artists who create original music as part of their practice. This includes all ways of making music and all genres. 

Apply now

For further details of each role and how to apply please click on the links below.

Resident Artist (Access Champion)

7 months | 2 days per week| Salary £25,000 (PAYE, pro rata) 

For Disabled musicians with 3+ years experience as a musician.

Apply by 12 noon on Wednesday 10th May 2023.

Further information about the Resident Artist (Access Champion) role   

Resident Artist (Creative Facilitator) 

7 months | 2 days per week | Salary £28,000 (PAYE, pro rata)

For Disabled musicians with 5+ years experience as a musician.

Apply by 12 noon on Wednesday 10th May 2023.

Further information about the Resident Artist (Creative Facilitator) role