Music for all

Who are we?

Two tutors, Nikos and Elvy show electronic instruments to an elderly couple, at 2 Royal Ave in Belfast.

Drake Music NI provides access to independent music making for children and adults with all natures of different abilities. We are fully inclusive, and all about empowerment and independance!

What do we do?

Musician Marylouise plays virtual instrument through a VR headset, accompanied by her sister and carer Michelle, during Wired Ensemble session at Drake's studio in Belfast.

We run regular workshops in our own fully-equipped fully accessible studios in Newry and Belfast and also operate outreach workshops across Northern Ireland for both individuals and groups, of all sizes, all ages and all abilities and different abilities.

We provide professional access music tutors and some of the most advanced musical instruments and controllers available in the music business world wide, to give access to independent music making for everyone!

Who do we do it with?

Young man plays the ukulele with his eyes closed during Drake's workshopt at Goal Line, Portadown

Our mission is to provide music and creative sessions for anyone who wants to be able to express themselves independently. Whether that is as a guitarist wanting to revisit your skills after a brain injury, as a songwriter wanting to get your songs recorded and heard, or as a teenager with Cerebral palsy who wants to perform, but can’t find the right instrument for yourself, then chat with us – we are here for you to get music making!

Be creative

The Drake Music Project here in Northern Ireland exists to assist adults and children of all natures of different abilities with the opportunity to independently compose and perform their own music using technology, adapted instruments and unique interfaces.

Musician Tim smiles at the camera, while playing Roland TR-8, accompanied by his carer, who smiles at him.

Our musicians in creative mode

we are active across Northern Ireland every week, in our studios, or in day centres, residential centres, art centres, youth clubs, people’s homes, and any sort of venue you can think of. If you can’t get to our studios, then our tutors can come to you!

Ensembles, bands, rehearsals

We operate workshops and rehearsals for ensembles, bands and creative musicians all over Northern Ireland, where people of all natures of abilities come together with a love of music, and form groups to create, compose, record and rehearse their own music.

Musician Ray Hamilton looks and smiles at the camera. He has various wires connecting to his wheelchair to an interface at the desk in front of him.

Latest news

  • Music for fun, music for memory, music for company!

    Music for fun, music for memory, music for company!

    Our workshops span a whole range of ages, interests, musical tastes and instrumental groups…We offer reminiscence workshops across Northern Ireland, in day centres, residential centres and arts venues. Music is a very powerful tool for unlocking precious memories, and provide a relaxing session for all involved.

  • Want to be a musician?

    Want to be a musician?

    Want to learn an instrument? Want to create and produce music with others? Want to listen and enjoy music with others? Then Drake Music wants to works with you! Drake Music NI is an arts charity that exists to enable people with and without disabilities to compose and perform their own music independently through the […]

With your support we can continue to provide much needed
opportunities for people with disabilities to make music.

Thee musicians smile at the camera. They hold an Ableton Push and an electric guitar. They all wear the same looking shirt.

Workshops enrolling now for Autumn schedules!

Contact us to find out what workshops may be available in your area, for you, your participants, your family member, or someone you know who would love to be involved in music creativity, on their own terms and to suit their own tastes!

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VERY excited to announce the launch of our newest project, funded by @belfastcc. BMS CHILL is designed to provide classical music concerts for people with additional needs and their families. Join us on 19th March – tickets only £5:

The Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme 2 is now open for applications.

The funding is aimed at those working in the creative economy including freelancers, musicians, DJs, actors, artists & craft workers

📅Closes: 7th January 2021


Paidushko premieres at 7:15pm tonight

New music by @Basorkestra & Bulgarian piper Dragni Dragnev, composed for contemporary dance, ft performance by Zoe Ramsey @EchoEchoDance 👉

Supported by the Arts Council’s Artists Emergency Programme #NationalLottery

If you missed our Virtual Open Days last week we will be posting each of the 5 Music Degree talks online during this week.
Here is the BSc in Audio Engineering subject talk given by Subject Lead for Music, Chris Corrigan.

The fund allows those organisations which did not receive support in the first call made in June, to apply for grants of up to £25,000 each to help alleviate financial pressures they are facing as result of Covid-19, while preparing to re-open safely & contribute to the economy

Arts Council re-opens the Organisations Emergency Programme (OEP) for Arts and Cultural organisations across Northern Ireland with grants of up to £25,000.

Closing date: 4pm, Thursday 17th September 2020.

Read more:

@CommunitiesNI @CaralNiChuilin

Great to see the NI Creative Support Fund open up for musicians & all those who work in the background to support them. I’d encourage those in NI music who’ve been affected by COVID to check this out and apply. Please RT and spread the word @BelfastLive @BBCNewsNI @hotpress

.@CommunitiesNI Minister @CaralNiChuilin, Country Music singer @ClionaHagan & Deirdre McKenna, a visual artist/curator and studio member of @FlaxArtStudios launch the reopening of the £4m Creative Support Fund.

We can’t wait for @nime2020! So excited to be taking part. And join us for our Keynote with @TimYatesSounds @rockinpaddy from @Drake_Music this Wednesday, 7pm. Find out all about the #Kellycaster and our new #Accessible Musical Instrument Collection.

🚨 attendee information has been sent out to all who registered to NIME 2020 🚨

our team are so excited to show you what our conference has to offer! It’s still not too late to book your ticket and be involved with all things NIME 2020…