Drake Music Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for creating opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to learn, compose and perform music independently. 

Drake Music Scotland was set up as a charitable organisation in 1997 (Registered Scottish Charity No. SC026908) with the aim of creating music making opportunities for people with disabilities of all ages throughout Scotland. Its vision is to transform lives through the power of music, enabling its participants to develop musical and creative skills, play in bands and ensembles, gain confidence and self-esteem and perform in public concerts. It supports those with physical disabilities or limited movement to play by using a range of music technologies such as movement sensors, and develops approaches such as Figurenotes – a notation system based on matching coloured shapes – to help those with learning disabilities or who are on the autistic spectrum. Their projects are based on a progressive learning approach and bring other benefits such as improved physical co-ordination, enhanced communication skills and wider social horizons, and the opportunity for participants to follow their musical ambitions. Since it was established, it has worked with around 10,000 children and adults across Scotland. 

Mark McKeown, Senior Solicitor at Turcan Connell, has recently joined Drake Music Scotland’s Board of Trustees, continuing our firm’s involvement with the charity, of which Partner and Deputy Head of Charities Gavin McEwan is Company Secretary, having previously served on the Board himself, as did Associate, Elizabeth Bremner.

Drake Music Scotland is heading towards its 20th Anniversary in 2017, building formidable expertise in inclusive music technologies and cementing its place as an innovator on the international arts stage. Its work today includes All Join In, a national programme of projects in special and mainstream schools across Scotland; MusicSPACE – one-to-one and group tuition at its Edinburgh base in Craigmillar where it has a fully equipped and accessible studio; and Ovation, a series of high-profile collaborations. These include commissions and creative projects in partnership with key music and arts organisations including Scotland’s leading contemporary composer Sir James MacMillan – who recently agreed to be a Patron for the organization – and his new festival the Cumnock Tryst, as well as the RSNO, SCO and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland among many others. Drake Music Scotland promotes equality for musicians with disabilities through its new campaign #iamamusician.  

You can read more about some of Drake Music Scotland’s work and support #iamamusician by following this link to their website www.drakemusicscotland.org

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