Crowdfunder is waiving its platform fees for community and charity crowdfunding projects during the coronavirus crisis. The Covid-19 epidemic could affect millions of people in the next few weeks. We need to help rebuild the music industry after this pandemic and what better way to do it than to make it more inclusive. With the money raised in this crowdfunder, I will organise events in and around Bath/Bristol that will include everybody and be accessible for all.
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.
I can happily say we have raised a healthy sum of money for Attitude is Everything - a 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. You can visit their page to find out more information. Tonight (29/05/21) any money donated to this Crowdfunder will be sent directly to Attitude is Everything so please do gig generously.
By supporting Attitude is Everything and Safe With Sound, you will be making a difference by helping to change minds and attitudes surrounding how people with disabilities have a role within the music industry.
By donating money, 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.
When live music is back on, this money will also be used to put on live music events to celebrate diversity and equality.
I will spread this conversation around until it becomes 'normal' and second nature.
This is something that I am so passionate about and as you can tell, it is very close to my heart. Here's why...
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.