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Just Ask Campaign Launched to Support Promoters in Welcoming Disabled Artists

In January, Attitude Is Everything joined together with Independent Venue Week (IVW) to launch new guidance as well as a training programme aimed at helping live promoters to increase accessibility and to enable Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent talent to thrive on the live circuit.

The Just Ask Campaign seeks to ensure that all artists and crew members are given the opportunity to share their access requirements before their performance. In order to do this why not ask a simple question: ‘do you or any of your crew members have access requirements?’ Members at all levels of the industry are invited to join the campaign.

An Attitude is Everything survey in 2019 found 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. As a result, 2 in 3 have compromised their health or wellbeing to perform live.

The Just Ask pilot was held in advance of the Independent Venue Week 2022. A group of 20 promoters attended a training session and were encouraged to take accessible steps when engaging with artists. Benny Bizzie, an artist ambassador for the Next Stage initiative & the FAC (Featured Artists Coalition) said “I look forward to a time where meeting access needs is standard practice. Deaf and disabled people will then feel included, valued, and lead happier creative lives.”

How can you get involved?

You can get download the Just Ask guide here, which includes tips and practical advice for working with disabled artists around live performance.

There are also ongoing Just Ask open training sessions held on 2nd Monday of every month at 12pm which you can book here.

For more information on this brilliant campaign, visit the Attitude Is Everything website.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 7th Apr 2022 08:33:00

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