PRS Talent Development Partners 2019/20


Drake Music have again been selected to be part of PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Programme.

We have been awarded funding to create five new commissions in 2019/20, as part of our Artistic Development work to create new opportunities for Disabled musicians.

An image coloured red which shows musician Steve Varden in his one man wheelchair band kit

The funding will support a programme of commissioning and devising five new works of multiple genres by innovative Disabled musicians premiering nationally in England.

Our Artistic Development work leads on the artistic excellence of Disabled musician’s practice when involving technology. We work closely with the musicians we commission to support the creation and presentation of their new work.

For example, for our recent event The Radical Sound Of Many with the Barbican, last year’s Talent Development commissionees (Steve Varden and Oliver Cross) each had a Drake Music mentor who helped to create new tech, or devise performance methodologies, to realise their creative visions.

Drake Music Chief Executive Carien Meijer commented:

“It is vital that Disabled artists are given opportunities and support to break down the disabling barriers within the music industry.

We work with established and up-and-coming artists to provide career and creative backing, bringing in tech and supporting innovation wherever possible.

Making it in music is never easy, and Disabled artists face more barriers than most to making a sustainable portfolio career. This funding from PRS Foundation helps us all take a few steps towards redressing the balance and we would like to thank the PRS Foundation for continuing to support this important work.”

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