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!

A very bright instrument on a grey day!

Summer is drawing to a close, and we are launching our Autumn Series of workshops and music experiences here at Drake Music NI
If you would like to book a series in our stunning studio spaces in Belfast or Newry, or have our team bring a fantastic music experience to your school, daycentre, group or venue – please get in touch asap for a great choice of dates and flavours of workshops!

We have some availability left for Drake Music Summer Scheme workshops delivered at your location!

Moody action shot of composition in VR realities at the #wiredensemble rehearsals – concentration and (most) musicians hard at work! #inclusive #drakemusicni #accessible #artsforall