Call for Artists: Drake Music and RNCM PRiSM

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Call for Artists

We are looking for 2 musicians who identify as Disabled, d/Deaf or Neurodivergent to become RNCM PRiSM Drake Music Artists in Residence.

If selected you will help develop and perform a new 10 – 12 minute piece with PRiSM’s Lucy Hale Doctoral Composer Megan Steinberg. You will also work with contemporary music ensemble Distractfold at Future Music #4 festival in October 2022.

We are particularly interested in hearing from artists who play accessible musical instruments or digital instruments that they are keen to develop music for in an accessible way.

The residency is aiming to be as accessible to all performers as possible, putting accessibility at the start of the process.

Key Info:

Fee: £1,000 (rehearsals, performance, expenses)

Location: Manchester and online

Accessibility: there is a separate budget and support provided by Drake Music to meet requirements


  • Rehearsal 1: 26 February 2022 in Manchester
  • Concert: 25 October 2022 in Manchester
  • Plus: 12 hours between March – October, arranged as best for each artist (online/remote options possible)

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 16 February, 10pm

Selection process:

Artists will be chosen based on suitability of instrument and style for the piece.

Any performer who identifies as Disabled, d/Deaf or Neurodivergent and is interested in any of the following should apply:

Experimentation, Sound Art, Improvisation, Text Scores, Graphic Scores, Artificial Intelligence, Accessible Musical Instruments

There is no requirement for a specific way of reading or interpreting music, the piece will develop around every individual’s needs and preferences for communicating and performing music. There may be multiple forms of a score or instructions specific to each player.

The other ensemble members will be electric guitar, violin, cello and clarinets.

We would like to keep in touch with every artist who expresses their interest as there will be more pieces and collaboration opportunities as part of the PhD project with Drake Music 2021 – 2024.

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How to Apply:

Complete the online form by Wednesday 16 February at 10pm and we will be in touch in the following days:

Link to online form

If the form is not accessible, you can email responses to the questions below in any format (text, audio, video) to

Please send:

  1. Full name
  2. Instrument
  3. Email (or the best way to contact you)
  4. Link to a recording (any length or quality)
  5. Access rider or requirements
  6. Tell us if you can attend the concert and rehearsal
  7. Tell us if you are happy to be contacted for other
  8. Ask us any questions

You can also email Megan or message on social media to schedule a Zoom or phone call to share your information, if that’s better for you.

About Megan:

Listen to some of Megan’s music on her website

Megan’s PhD is specifically looking at disability and accessibility in music. We will talk about disability, health, access and inclusion as part of the process. That is also why this opportunity is in partnership with Drake Music only open to disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent artists.

More Info:

Find out more about the organisations involved on their websites below:

This project is made possible by support from AHRC and the work of composer Lucy Hale. Read more about Lucy Hale.