Drake Music Commissions Programme 2016


This summer we are delighted to announce a series of brand new commission opportunities for London based Deaf and/or Disabled musicians as part of our Connect & Collaborate London programme.

We have four new and exciting commissions open to Disabled Musicians, or artists who work with music or sound within their professional context.

The theme of the commissions is creating or composing a new piece of music inspired by/using Assistive Music Technology.

We want to shine a light on the wealth of fantastic music technology out there which is breaking down the barriers disabled artists face when making music.

Each new commission is in partnership with a leading arts organisation, each with a different focus and style to bring the work of talented disabled musicians to a wide audience.

Sound Box - by Sarah Ainslie (8)

The commissions programme aims to act as driver and model for a more inclusive arts sector, whilst demonstrating high quality new work by talented artists using new technology.

The first commission is announced today: ‘Compose’ in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. (click on the link for more info)

The Compose commission will involve a Deaf / Disabled musician composing a new piece of music for up to 5 players.

Once composed this new piece of music which will then be performed and recorded by members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development programme.

The final work will be presented at a showcase event alongside the other Drake Music professional commissions in March 2017.

Connect & Collaborate Producer Daryl Beeton commented:

“It’s very exciting to be able to announce the first of our summer series of commission opportunities for Deaf and/or Disabled musicians.

These commissions will give artists the opportunity to work with world-renowned organisations, to stretch their artistic capabilities and to get their work heard by new audiences, thanks to funding from City Bridge Trust and Arts Council England.

It’s wonderful to see organisations like the London Philharmonic Orchestra taking assistive music technology seriously and supporting inclusive arts practices.”

Three more commissions will be announced between now and September 2016.

The commissions are funded through City Bridge Trust and therefore are only available to London based musicians (within the M25).

Keep an eye on the Drake Music website and social media for info about the final commission for emerging artists later in the summer.