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Drake Music

Archived: Chief Executive Officer

About Us

Drake Music works at the intersection of music, disability, and technology. We are innovators, educators, curators, and advocates. We believe everyone has the right to make music and we use new technologies and ideas to open access to music for all.

We make innovative and imaginative use of technology to remove disabling barriers across three programme areas:

  • Learning, Participation & Training – We deliver workshops in schools, train teachers, advocate for inclusive practice and work strategically with music hubs and educators to develop the sector.
  • Arts & Collaborations – We support Disabled musicians to develop their creative practice and careers via commissions, masterclasses, and performance opportunities. We also offer a range of participatory creative music-making opportunities.
  • Research & Development – Working with communities of Disabled musicians, makers, and technologists, we imagine, design and build new accessible instruments and ways of making music.

We are a home for new ways of thinking about music, musical instruments and technology, performance, teaching and practice.

Three principles inform our thinking and our practice:

  • Our work is underpinned by the Social Model of Disability.
  • Disabled musicians are at the heart of what we do.
  • We are always learning and sharing what we learn.

Drake Music is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). We are a national organisation working across England, delivering our programmes and projects from bases in Manchester, London, and Bristol and beyond.

Find out more about our work on our website:

About the Role

After 16 successful years at the helm, our Chief Executive Carien Meijer is delighted to hand over to the next inspirational Drake Music leader. Carien will be a hard act to follow, but she feels sure that we can find a passionate and dedicated individual to shape and drive Drake Music’s strategic role as a thought and practice leader at the intersection of music, disability and technology.

We are looking for an exceptional Disabled leader to be our new CEO. We use the word Disabled as a pan-impairment term to include Deaf, Disabled, Neurodivergent, Visually Impaired people, people with long-term health conditions, and/or with mental health conditions.

We use the word ‘leader’ in the widest sense, valuing different styles, perspectives, and approaches to leadership. Your leadership style and values will be driven by your passion for the arts and absolute commitment to breaking down disabling barriers to music. The Social Model of Disability must underpin all that you do.

For more information and to apply, visit

Application Deadline: Friday 1st July 2022

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