Safe With Sound X Attitude is Everything

by Safe With Sound in Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom

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Safe With Sound is a community designed to open up a much-needed conversation surround accessibility in the music industry.

by Safe With Sound in Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, United Kingdom

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We need to help rebuild the music industry after this pandemic and what better way to do it than to make it more inclusive. The monies donated to this Crowdfunder will be split between Safe With Sound (so I can host more events and spread the word) and Attitude is Everything - a well established charity who work to improve Deaf and disabled people's access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

Safe With Sound is a community created to start a much needed conversation equality in the live music industry - particularly surrounding mental and physical health.

Our mission is to make live music accessible for ALL no matter your (dis)abilities. Safe With Sound will serve as a safe and empowering space to make a movement and open doors for more people. 

By supporting Attitude is Everything and Safe With Sound, you will play a part in changing minds and changing attitudes within the music industry. 

By donating, Safe With Sound will be able to form a presence at venues and festivals across the country where I can build a safe space for those with disabilities. 

I will make it known that accessibility to venues is vital and I will not back down until we can see some venues making changes for the better. 

I will spread this conversation around until it becomes 'normal' and second nature. 

Attitude is Everything is already making waves when it comes to this:

"Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry to implement a Live Events Access Charter across the UK. We help the music industry to understand the requirements of Deaf and disabled people at live music events by building equality into the strategic process. The ethos of the Charter is that Deaf and disabled people should be as independent as they want to be at live music events.

The Charter is a bespoke service offered exclusively to the live music industry and the award is in 4 stages - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each stage details the criteria for improvements and advises on how to achieve them. We support music venues and festivals to create a realistic action plan in order to work through each level of the Charter and aim for the Gold award, by demonstrating an on-going commitment to improving accessibility. We encourage events 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.

Over 210 venues and festivals have signed up to the Charter, adopting it as an industry standard for accessibility at live music events and agreeing to be mystery shopped by our team of Deaf and disabled volunteers. Their detailed feedback on accessibility is then passed onto management, so that any potential issues are identified and practical solutions are suggested. We also offer Disability Equality Training, undertake Access Audits and offer Consultancy to advise on changes that may be required. "

Your donations will help this project thrive by spreading the word to more venues and building a more diverse community. 

This is something that I am so passionate about and as you can tell, it is very close to my heart. Here's why... 

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Hi, I'm Maddie. I am a support worker supporting people with learning disabilities. I also have Spastic Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy. 

I am very lucky. I am mobile and very independent. I go to gigs (when Covid doesn't get in the way) and I could not imagine my life without it. 

But... I have also seen inequalities within the live music scene first hand. The queues to buy accessible tickets only for them to be sold out because there is a limited amount, sectioned off far away from the stage and away from your friends. (maybe one day wheelchair users could just be at the front with the rest of their friend group rather than having to choose one friend to come along as their PA?) The funny looks when using a walking stick, too scared to use it when on stage because you don't want to be judged or undermined. Being in serious pain and discomfort because there nobody would believe me if I said I needed a seat or I needed to lean on a barrier. Or generally just feeling way too uncomfortable to ask for help because I know there is no training in place in music venues. (maybe with your help and support I could make sure that there is recognised training in place?)

And moving away from exactly what affects me. What about the lack of access for wheelchairs in many venues across the UK? Where are the ramps and the lifts? The lowered bar areas so people can buy their own drinks with little fuss? This should just be normality in every venue and not something we should have to campaign for to be put into place. (but maybe this community project will help make this happen?)

Attitude is Everything is a wonderful charity and they have sparked a dream of mine too so please, join me on this journey. 

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