Live music charity launches #MusicWithoutBarriers campaign
Live music charity Attitude Is Everything has launched a new campaign this morning, calling on more venues and festivals to sign up to its Charter Of Best Practice for providing better access to deaf and disabled music fans.
AIF and its member festivals have actively backed the campaign, as well as musicians such as Robert Smith, Frank Turner, Slow Club and Alt-J, by promoting the campaign on their social media accounts today via the hashtag #MusicWithoutBarriers.
The initiative is based around four key messages to promote access and equality. The campaign aims to encourage more UK venues and festivals to join the 90+ who have signed up to the charity’s Charter of Best Practice. Attitude Is Everything not only believe that improving access doesn’t have to be costly but that there is a strong business case for improving access, and it is crucial to have access info in advance of an event. Events should also consider that not all disabled people are wheelchair users.
Suzanne Bull MBE, Chief Executive Officer of Attitude is Everything said:
“Since founding Attitude is Everything in 2000, we have always found some fantastic support from within the music industry, and particularly among the artist community. So I am delighted that so many musicians and bands are supporting #MusicWithoutBarriers. In those 14 years, we have proved that improving access need not be expensive. And, more importantly, when the right facilities, policies and information are in place, live music can be opened up to the 11 million disabled people living in the UK and transform their lives for the better.”
Find more information on the campaign here.