Introducing James Drake’s not-for-profit, artistic initiatives.

The philanthropist and entrepreneur James Drake funds and oversees a multitude of not-for-profit initiatives in various sectors. Many are familiar with the pivotal research that he funds into the possible connections between sports-related head impacts and the later onset of neurodegenerative disease. But Drake has also founded and manages a selection of creative projects and organisations as part of his wider philanthropic programme.

Here, we’ll explore the not-for-profit projects and initiatives that Drake leads to drive positive change in the UK’s arts scene: The Drake Calleja Trust, The Drake YolanDa Award, The FSG Literary Unit, and The Troubetzkoy Archive Project.

  1. The Drake Calleja Trust

James Drake is the director of The Drake Calleja Trust, which provides financial and artistic support for young musicians who are studying in the UK. These musicians receive annual scholarships that range from £1,500 to £9,000 depending on individual circumstances. They also enjoy the Trust’s mentoring scheme  and regular performance opportunities in some of London’s professional venues.

Drake founded the Trust in 2015 as a key part of his extensive philanthropy programme. Since then, the Trust has welcomed the acclaimed tenor Joseph Calleja as its patron and awarded 59 scholarships to talented undergraduate, postgraduate, and research students. These scholarships are open to classical solo instrumentalists, singers, and accompanists aged 18 and above. The Trust also offers Junior Scholarships for young people aged 16-18. Scholarship recipients use their funding to cover the cost of instruments, competition entries, masterclasses, concerts, recordings, and other professional needs.

Apply to become a 2022 Drake Calleja Trust scholar.

  1. The Drake YolanDa Award

While classical musicians can pursue their careers through The Drake Calleja Trust, non-classical musicians aged 16-30 can enter The Drake YolanDa Award to compete for 10 £3,000 grants and the £10,000 British Songwriter and Producer Prize. These prizes enable budding musicians to fund tours, the recording of new music and music videos, artistic development, branding, marketing, and new equipment.

Drake founded the Award with the saxophonist, broadcaster, and author YolanDa Brown. Together, they support emerging artists — like rappers, singers, groups, and instrumentalists — from across the UK as they pursue their musical careers. Drake and Brown award musicians who demonstrate commitment to their careers, creative excellence, and their mission to succeed in the musical space. All shortlisted applicants have the opportunity to discuss their projects and perform live in front of a panel of expert musicians.

  1. The FSG Literary Unit

Drake is the founder of The FSG Literary Unit, Of Lost Time, which publishes research projects and letter collections. These collections include The Selected Letters of Sir Winston Churchill, Letters for the Ages: Sport, Writing Behind Bars: Letters From Prison, Christmas Cards for the Ages, and Letters From Science. Of Lost Time’s projects open windows into historical periods and connect today’s readers with the correspondence, people, and events of the past. Its letter collections recover lost or forgotten views on moments in history.

On top of this, Drake is an honorary publishing advisor to The Blair Partnership, the literary agent of authors like J. K. Rowling.

  1. The Troubetzkoy Archive Project

Of Lost Time is also curating an online database of Prince Paul Troubetzkoy’s celebrated works. Troubetzkoy (1886-1938) is widely considered the Singer Sergeant of sculpture, and The Troubetzkoy Archive Project (TAP) is set to offer a comprehensive resource for those who are studying or simply appreciating the sculptor. The project may also provide the blueprint for future database collections.

Approximately 340 of Troubetzkoy’s plasters, bronzes, and marbles are on show at the Paesaggio Museum in Verbania, which has teamed up with Of Lost Time to develop this database. Of Lost Time is also sourcing information from other major public and private collections of Troubetzkoy’s works, such as Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery, Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, a multitude of Italian smaller public collections, and a private archive developed by John Grioni. A panel of Troubetzkoy experts is overseeing the project.

Learn more about James Drake’s artistic projects and programmes.

More About James Drake

Drake’s artistic projects span beyond his not-for-profit efforts to his personal life. During his spare time, he enjoys creating portraits. As an avid oil painter, Drake’s portraits span from paintings of friends and family to paintings of:

·  Well-known individuals like Gordon Brown, Tim Berners-Lee, Boris Johnson, Nicola Bendetti, John Bercow, J. K. Rowling, Sir Paul Nurse, and Dame Judi Dench.

·  Sports personalities like Andy Murray, David Dein, Sir Bill Beaumont, Lewis Moody, Marco Van Basten, Alan Shearer, Gareth Southgate, Hugo Lloris, and Owen Farrell.

·  Classic moments in time, such as Theresa May signing Article 50, Trudi Kemp playing the clarinet for the first time after being comatose for months, and the art auction sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi for a record-breaking price.

Drake has also painted numerous copies of works by Vermeer, Raphael, Ingres, Renoir, Klimt, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Millais, Waterhouse, Pissarro, Caillebotte, Cezanne, Sisley, Morisot, De Lempicka, Singer Sargent, and Gogh.

Science Initiatives

Arts aside, Drake is also the founder and chairman of the progressive publisher Future Science Group, which publishes breakthrough medical, biotechnical, and scientific research in its 34 peer-reviewed, open-access journals. These journals include Regenerative Medicine, BioTechniques, and Future Oncology. Aside from publishing some of the leading titles in the scientific and medical arena, the Group also hosts a variety of creative events, publishing solutions, and online platforms. Plus, Drake is the founder of the not-for-profit organisation The Drake Foundation, which funds neuroscience research designed to protect brain health in the next generation of football and rugby players.