Music charity Attitude Is Everything has issued an industry-wide call for businesses and organisations who have positively impacted the experiences of deaf and disabled music audiences.
They have unveiled plans for their Outstanding Attitude Awards, which will take place at Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday, March 12 2019.
Live music businesses are being encouraged to nominate themselves by filling in this online form, applications must be received by December 21, after which they will be shortlisted and judged by industry experts, artists and fans. Categories are listed below.
Suzanne Bull MBE (pictured), CEO of Attitude Is Everything, said: “Having trialled the concept in 2016, I am delighted Attitude is Everything can now present a standalone event that celebrates the best in UK live music access innovation. From DIY events to companies at the cutting edge of ticketing technology, we want to bring the live music world together to shine a light on all of the ways live music can be made more inclusive for Deaf and disabled music fans.
"By recognising what is possible at every level, we will demonstrate how the UK is a global leader when it comes to live music accessibility, and hope to encourage the industry to take further positive action. If you are working to break down barriers and include Deaf and disabled music fans, this is your chance to shout about it!”
Minister for the creative industries, Margot James, said: "Everyone should be able to access and enjoy our fantastic live music scene and inclusivity should be at the forefront of promoters, event organisers and music venues' plans. Attitude Is Everything’s Outstanding Attitude Awards is a fantastic initiative which complements DCMS's commitment that arts and culture should be accessible for all."
The 10 awards categories are:
The Nigel McCune DIY Access Award - Recognising venues, bands, artists and promoters who have taken a DIY approach to improving live music accessibility, including using Attitude is Everything’s DIY Access Guide.
The Access Starts Online Awards - Three awards recognising venues under 500 capacity, venues over 500 capacity, and outdoor events that provide high quality and comprehensive online access information for Deaf and disabled audiences.
The Ticketing Without Barriers Awards - Two awards recognising venues, events, ticketing and tech companies that have worked to improve the access booking experience for Deaf and disabled customers.
The Tech Innovation Award - Recognising companies that have utilised technology to make live music more accessible and inclusive for Deaf and disabled audiences.
The Big Ambition Award - Recognising larger venues and events that are pushing forward the definition of what is possible when it comes to improving access and live music.
The Customer Focus Award - Recognising examples of excellent customer service and/or consultation when it comes to welcoming and engaging with Deaf and disabled audiences.
The Accessible Infrastructure Award - Recognising excellent examples of access infrastructure implementation, such as viewing platforms, accessible toilets, showers and ‘High Dependency Units’.