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New network to champion access for Deaf and disabled musicians

Research aims to increase understanding of the hidden challenges facing disabled artists and musicians when recording, performing and applying for funding.

Charity Attitude is Everything (AIE) has announced plans to create a “comprehensive artist network” connecting people with access requirements to fundraising and showcasing opportunities, in a bid to support talent development and build “a more accessible music industry”. 

The work will be informed by a major new survey into the experiences of Deaf and disabled musicians, including questions on rehearsing, making arts funding applications, recording in the studio, and performing live shows. 

AIE said the research will help address a “knowledge gap” in society about the difficulties facing disabled artists across the industry.

Referring to a recent report from UK Music that identified potential threats to the UK’s “talent pipeline” – namely education, infrastructure, and accessing finance – AIE said:

“It is imperative that disabled musicians are involved in this conversation. Talented individuals cannot be allowed to fall through the cracks, and it is vital those with physical or mental impairments receive sufficient support to help develop their art and creativity”.


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Posted on 18 December 2018

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