Could our future artist workshops cover knowing your legal rights as a disabled artist or how to make sustainable tour strategies without comprising your health? Share your views via our new Artist Survey.
Listening to our network and understanding the landscape of the music industry is core to our work. We believe that it’s crucial we listen, engage, and reimagine how deaf, neurodivergent, and disabled artists can thrive in music.
It’s been four years since we surveyed our network members to share their experiences within the music industry.
From our previous research with likeminded organisations, we know that:
- 70% of artists had withheld details of a health condition or impairment due to being worried that doing so would cause problems and impact a relationship with a promoter, venue, or festival. – Next Stage Artist Snapshot 2019
- There is a negative pay gap of around £4,000 between disabled and non-disabled musicians. – Musicians Census 2023
- 73% of Black Disabled music creators and professionals said they had seen non-Black contemporaries promoted ahead of them despite being less qualified. – Unseen and Unheard Report, Attitude is Everything and Black Lives in Music
The Next Stage Artist Initiative was created by Attitude is Everything to enable artists with access requirements to thrive within the music industry. Our programme includes a Monthly Artist Hub – a space centred around peer-support and knowledge sharing – and a Talent Development Group including talent funders and spaces invested in improving access across the industry. It also includes joint Ambassador with Featured Artist Coalition to ensure there’s a dedicated seat at the table for Disabled Artists influencing industry and Just Ask Campaign., which seeks to encourage recognition and response to artist access needs in live events and festivals.
We want to be as effective and transformative as possible for the future of our work, therefore we have launched the Next Stage: Artist Experiences survey. Our survey focuses on crafting a sustainable career, and topics our network would like to explore, such as access to work and public speaking.
If you are DJ, artist, composer, band member, sound engineer, we want to hear from you.
Please respond by 11pm, Thursday 30th November.
Two entrants based in the UK will have the chance to win How to Build a Sustainable Music Career and Collect All Revenue Streams, a book by Emily White. Preview Emily’s podcast to understand the depth of her experience.