Over the years we have run and participated in a series of successful industry influencing campaigns with partners.
Our Just Ask guide, online sessions and industry campaign was launched in partnership with Independent Venue Week in January 2022.
Simply asking all artists if they have access requirements makes a world of difference.
Just Ask is designed to help you to set this up.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the Equalities Act coming into force on October 1st 2020 and in the wake of the pandemic, we brought together national audience accessibility organisations and networks alongside two government sector champions to form the Audience Access Alliance. We jointly released an open letter to the industry and a reopening checklist.
In late 2020 we joined Ramps on the Moon, Paraorchestra, What Next? and We Shall Not Be Removed to create a resource for the arts and entertainment sectors to support disability inclusion during the height of the COVID pandemic, complementing the suite of guidance documents issued by UK Governments and sector support organisations.
This was the core message of our 2018 State of Access Report, which focused on the access booking experience for disabled customers. We convened a far-reaching coalition of umbrella organisations, ticketing companies, venues and event companies, who pledged to work together to remove barriers to ticketing: the Ticketing Without Barriers Coalition. This group allowed members to exchange ideas, issues and solutions, and work towards a single, unified vision for what best practice means when it comes to facilitating access booking for Deaf and disabled people.
Access information is the gateway for many Deaf and disabled people when it comes to gauging whether or not a gig or festival might be for them.
In response to our 2016 State of Access Report, we launched our Access Starts Online guides for venues and festivals in partnership with the Association of Independent Festivals and Independent Venue Week .
Music Without Barriers saw us gain endorsements for our mission from artists at live events.
Supporting artists included Stevie Wonder, Robert Smith, The Last Shadow Puppets, Battles, Mystery Jets, Chvches, Dev Hynes, Divine Comedy, Everything Everything, Frank Turner, X Ambassadors, Jarvis Cocker, Lizzie Emeh, LOouise Rutkowski, Patrick Wolf, Slow Club and Sleaford Mods.