Established Musicians

Drake Music works with more established disabled musicians in different ways depending on their needs and requirements, from building new instruments at the DMLab, to sharing music on our site and hosting events.

We are also one of 40 PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners across the country. Drake Music works to increase the range of opportunity available to disabled musicians via commissions, performance development and masterclasses.

In 2018/19 the focus is on developing new ideas about the relationship between the artist and the audience.

The programme is working closely with two disabled artists to give them space to take creative risks and further develop their artistic practice.

We believe there is a huge need for more opportunities for disabled musicians to develop their work and fan base and this programme allows us to take another step in the right direction.

2018/19 PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner Artists

Steve poses with his synth and keyboard wearing a brightly coloured shirt and a hat with flowers on
Oliver stands on the Fens before a ploughed field. He is wearing round shades and looking into the camera as he plays his harmonicaThe two artists we are working with in 2018/19 are Steve Varden and Oliver Cross.

They will be commissioned and supported to create, develop and deliver cross-art form showcases performances with six other musicians.

Find out more about the two musicians in our Meet the Artist interviews:

Meet the Artist – Steve Varden

Meet the Artist – Oliver Cross