Emergent: A Music Legacy is Drake Music’s three-year programme, funded by Help Musicians UK and the Wingate Foundation, to provide opportunities, support and greater profile to advance the next generation of disabled musicians in the pursuit of excellence in their music careers.
About the project
The programme offers opportunities, mentoring and support for early-career Disabled musicians to help them begin to get established in the sector. Emerging musicians benefit from masterclasses, performance opportunities and recordings of their new commission.
Alongside this commitment to composition is training for Disabled musicians who would like to work as music leaders. Drake Music’s research revealed that disabled people are severely under-represented in the music education and arts workforces and this programme aims to create opportunities for disabled musicians to transfer their skills into the classroom or community music settings. Emergent offers much-needed new pathways into the industry for disabled people and supports their growth and development as artists and leaders.
‘Emergent: Music Legacy Commissions’ will see three new works commissioned by early career Disabled musicians per year. These will be awarded across the country, in partnership with leading music venues and organisations and will cover a range of musical styles.
‘Emergent: Music Legacy Trainees’ will provide paid ‘on the job’ training opportunities for six emerging Disabled musicians per year.These will be rolled out across the country and will offer training and mentoring from established music leaders, including the use of tech in music.
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