Attitude is Everything launch new campaign - Music Without Barriers
We’re proud to support a new online campaign Music Without Barriers, curated by our friends at Attitude is Everything, a charity that works to improve Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music. It turns out we aren’t alone, the campaign has been backed by a wide range of UK musicians including The Cure, Robert Wyatt, Franz Ferdinand, Mystery Jets, Alt-J, Frank Turner, Slow Club to name a few
The initiative aims to encourage more UK venues and festivals to join the 90+ who have signed up to the charity’s Charter of Best Practice, while promoting four key messages around access and equality:
- Improving access doesn’t have to be costly
- There is a strong business case for improving access
- It is crucial to have access information in advance of an event
- Not all disabled people are wheelchair users
According to the most recent Government data, more than 3m disabled people in the UK attend at least one live music event every year. Attitude is Everything works with the music industry to ensure these fans have the best possible opportunity to see the bands and artists that they love.
The charity’s vision is that "Deaf and disabled people can be audience members, employees or artists at any live music event of their choice: music without barriers”. Their Charter of Best Practice encourages event producers to go beyond the legal obligations set out in the Equality Act and implement best practice, providing a fair and equal service to their Deaf and disabled customers.
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.”
To be part of the campaign, Attitude is Everything are encouraging fans and followers to add their voices to Social Media and the official Music Without Barriers website, along with Deaf and disabled artists such as Richard West, DJ Void, Jamie Renton and Spaceships Are Cool, and Attitude is Everything’s network of more than 275 Mystery Shoppers.
The campaign is also being formally backed by more than 90 festivals and venues who have already signed Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, as well as the Featured Artists Coalition, the Music Managers Forum and the Musicians’ Union.
Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets and Attitude is Everything patron said: “The work Attitude is Everything do is close to my heart, because I strongly feel that everyone should be able to experience live music. Whether it’s watching a friend’s band at a local venue or watching Radiohead from the disabled platform at Glastonbury, gigs should be accessible to everyone. I would like to see more venues taking stock of what they can do to accommodate a more diverse audience. It is also really important that as many artists as possible get involved to show their support to this great campaign. The barriers are there to be broken down.
BACKED BY ARTISTS INCLUDING: ALT-J * THE CURE * ROBERT WYATT * MYSTERY JETS * FRANZ FERDINAND * ENTER SHIKARI * ANNA CALVI * FRANK TURNER * SLOW CLUB * JIMI GOODWIN * SLOWDIVE * TOM ODELL * SUMMER CAMP * DARREN HAYMAN * TOY * LOUISE RUTKOWSKI * STEALING SHEEP * THE WYTCHES
A full list of supporters and quotes can be found at www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/mwbsupporters.
Organik Rocka fully support the #MusicWithoutBarriers campaign, and share the charity's vision to encourage live music venues and festivals to improve their access for people with disabilities and we hope you, our fans, share our enthusiasm to turn this campaign into a reality.