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Access Charter

Our friends at Attitude is Everything have now updated their Live Events Access Charter to bring together all the knowledge and best practice advice developed by AIE since its early engagement with the music industry twenty years ago.  It is designed to guide venue and events organisers through a wide range of topics and ultimately enable the achievement of bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards. The Charter is continuously revised to include developments in best practice as they happen.

In signing up to the Live Events Access Charter, organisers are agreeing to implement an access review across organisations and events, amending, adapting and developing the policy and operational procedures.  Organisers should consider not only customers access but staff, volunteers, artists and suppliers.

There are a number of commitments Attitude is Everything require agreement to, prior to introducing the Charter and signing off.  These are:

An organiser must agree to -

  • Hold a Charter introduction meeting.
  • Develop a draft action plan.
  • Respond to the Charter survey within twelve weeks of receiving on a two-yearly basis.
  • Engage with the mystery shopping programme.
  • Undertake through outreach and engagement.
  • Update and review the Charter of Best Practice bi-annually.

There are also a set of expectations once an organiser has joined the Charter. These inc. progression through the Charter and displaying the Charter sign-up.

For more details of how you as an organiser can join in this campaign contact Gideon Feldman at Attitude is Everything ([email protected]).

AFO strongly recommends getting involved with this as there is an enormous audience of deaf and disabled people out there who do not attend festivals for fear of the facilities not being up to their needs.  You can learn how to access those people and make your festival an accessible place for all by engaging with this Charter.

More on this will be explained in a panel at AFO Conference on 5 November.

Steve Heap: 16th May 2022 15:20:00

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