Founded in 1997, Drake Music Scotland have since created opportunities for over 9000 children and adults with disabilities – assisting them with learning, composing and performing music independently.
With a clear focus on enabling people to make music to any level they choose, Drake Music Scotland do so by providing a wide range of educational projects, using both conventional instruments and inclusive technology in innovative ways.
In their own words:
Our vision is to transform people’s lives through the power of music. We play a lead role in making Scotland a place where ground-breaking new music featuring skilled musicians and composers with disabilities comes alive for everyone. We reshape the definition of musicians, musical instruments and ensembles, building momentum as the country’s centre of expertise in inclusive music technologies and as an innovator on the international stage.
We here at the PRS for Music Foundation are proud to be a repeated supporter of Drake Music Scotland and many of their vital projects throughout the years. One of the latest results of our collaboration is the Digital Ensemble at the Conservatoire, where Woodwind and Friends premiered a new piece written by RCS students and designed especially for musicians with disabilities.
You can find out more about their innovative programmes and how to get involved via their website. http://www.drakemusicscotland.org/