The Irene Taylor Trust and Drake Music Present: Emerging Artists Showcase – 16.05.24


Drake Music is proud to be working once again with The Irene Taylor Trust to present:  

Emerging Artists Showcase at Rich Mix (and via livestream)  

Date: Thursday 16th May 2024
Doors open: 7pm 
Venue: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA (closest station Shoreditch High Street)
Livestream: Book via link below
Ticket cost: £5 (plus booking fees)

*For those unable to join us at Rich Mix in person, a livestream is available.

Book your tickets here!

Join us for an evening of inspirational music, soundscapes and spoken word pieces from some truly extraordinary artists. 

Shining a light on creatives who are often marginalised, this showcase gives a platform to four incredible Emerging Artists who have been supported by experienced musicians from the Irene Taylor Trust and Drake Music to develop their artistic voices and share their unique stories, as part of a special collaboration supported by Arts Council England. 

The evening will also feature special performances from Drake Music artists Miss Jacqui and Kris Halpin. 

Emerging Artists L U C I N E, Macelino, Muminah and Reese Quinlan have been selected from alumni of the Irene Taylor Trust’s ‘Making Tracks’ initiative for young musicians facing barriers and its ‘Sounding Out’ programme for former prisoner musicians. 

This showcase celebrates the conclusion of the two-year pilot, over which the Emerging Artists have received individual mentoring, engaged in opportunities to work collaboratively and share learning with musicians from the Irene Taylor Trust and Drake Music, and have been supported to record, release and perform their own original material.

More information on Emergent Artists and Drake Music Musicians Coming Soon!


BSL interpretation will be provided for the performance in the venue and will also be available picture-in-picture for the live stream. 

Live captioning will be available as part of the live stream.

Irene Taylor Trust bio 

The Irene Taylor Trust (registered charity no. 1073105) has grown from an initiative to keep Music in Prisons alive through intensive projects, to an inter-linking programme which offers long-term support both in prisons and the community, reaching around 600 people annually. Through the powerful medium of music, we facilitate positive change in the lives of people in and on the fringes of the Criminal Justice System by raising their self-confidence and aspirations, opening doors to other forms of learning and training, promoting positive relationships and contributing to reduced levels of offending/re-offending, increased transferable skills and employability. Our focus is on showing participants how much they are capable of achieving, by providing high-quality, meaningful creative experiences which they will remember proudly.  

 Since 1995 ITT has combined passion and experience to inspire positive change, working with prisoners of all ages, and in the community with former prisoners (the Sounding Out programme) and young people who are ‘NEET’ (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and/or in touch with Youth Offending Services (Making Tracks). By providing creative opportunities, alongside bespoke personal support to community-based participants, we aim to help our marginalised beneficiaries to recognise and fulfil their true potential, encourage self-expression and celebrate sharing their stories and insights through original music recordings and performances.  

Find out more, listen to the music and read independent impact evaluations at