Emerging Musicians

Emergent: A Music Legacy is Drake Music’s 3 year programme, funded by Help Musicians UK and the Wingate Foundation, to provide opportunities, support and greater profile to advance the next generation of disabled musicians in the pursuit of excellence in their music careers.

The project, which began in 2017, has two strands:

  • developing new work by Disabled musicians
  • training new Disabled music leaders

The aim of this exciting programme is to redress the imbalance within the music sector for Disabled musicians.

Focusing on creative and portfolio career development, Drake Music will also support the musicians to attend sector-led seminars and conferences, creating opportunities for networking, self-promotion and awareness raising.

Read more about Year 1 of Emergent here.
Read about the Emergent Year 2 event here.


‘Emergent: A Music Legacy Commissions’ will see 3 new works commissioned by early career Disabled musicians per year.

These will be awarded across the country, in partnership with leading music venues and organisations and will cover a range of musical styles.

The 2019/20 Emergent commission opportunities have now been awarded and will be launched in May 2020.


‘Emergent: Music Legacy Trainees’ will provide paid ‘on the job’ training opportunities for six emerging Disabled musicians per year.

These will be rolled out across the country and will offer training and mentoring from established music leaders, including the use of tech in music.

Daryl Beeton, Drake Music’s National Manager, Arts and Collaborations commented:

Image: Daryl Beeton smiling at camera, in front of brightly painted wall with large cartoon eyes.“This is a great step forward for both Drake Music and the Disabled musicians we will work with though this programme.

Not only will it grow and strengthen Drake Music’s workforce, it will also develop the sector.

But most importantly, thanks to Help the Musicians UK, Emergent: A Music Legacy will provide new creative and professional avenues for new and emerging Disabled musicians to shape their own music career.”

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