Drake Music Project Scotland
The Drake Music Project Scotland based in Edinburgh, a registered company with charitable status since 1997, is part of the UK-wide network founded by Adele Drake in 1988. They specialise in utilising music technology to create opportunities for disabled people to play, learn and compose music independently. Projects take place in the community and in collaboration with other national arts agencies including Dancebase and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Drake Scotland have established themselves as a centre of expertise in the field of music technology and disability. They strongly believe that everyone has the ability to participate in music making and that every effort should be made to ensure that our disabled community have equal access to music services.
Over the past 3 years, they have been working to bring about change in levels of provision in special music education in Scotland. Currently, there are only 12 full-time and 10 part-time (FTE) music teachers in Scotland's 230 ASN (Additional Support Needs) schools and units. Building skills and resources in the sector requires long-term commitment from both Drake Scotland and our partners. In partnership with local authorities, they work in schools for a full year, delivering high quality music projects and providing training for teachers in the creative application of music technology. For the past two years, some schools they have worked in have been represented at North Lanarkshire schools' annual spring concert held at the Glasgow Concert Hall. By the end of each project, the schools are equipped with the skills and resources necessary to provide a high quality sustainable music service.
At present, Drake Scotland are working in 8 of Scotland's 32 local authorities. Although most of their education work takes place in ASN schools, they also do some work in mainstream settings. Their musicians come from a wide range of interesting musical backgrounds. Some are composers, community musicians and performers and all share an enthusiasm for enabling people to make music.
In 2005, Drake Scotland was delighted to receive an AOL Innovation in the Community Award. The award has enabled them to design an interactive element to their web, which will enable people to take part in an experiential music making session using an online version of our adaptive music technology.
Drake Scotland is also a founder member of the Cultural Social Enterprise Network, working to develop the impact of cultural social enterprise in Scotland. They see the development of new purpose built premises for the organisation within the social enterprise centre planned for Craigmillar, as an integral part of their move towards becoming more successful and sustainable in the future.
To find out more about Drake Scotland, please visit their website at: www.drakemusicscotland.co.uk
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