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UK Live Music Group endorses access charity’s best practice charter

By | Published on Monday 24 July 2017

Attitude Is Everything

The UK Live Music Group has given its official backing to access charity Attitude Is Everything’s Charter Of Best Practice, declaring it as the “industry standard” for assessing how accessible festivals and venues are to disabled and deaf music fans.

The UK Live Music Group is, of course, the trade body of trade bodies that sits within that other trade body of trade bodies, UK Music.

It brings together reps from the Agents’ Association, the Association For Electronic Music, the Association Of Festival Organisers, the Association Of Independent Festivals, the Concert Promoters Association, the National Arenas Association, the Production Services Association, the Music Venue Trust and live industry conference ILMC.

Through the Live Music Group, those parties feed into UK Music, which also involves industry organisations repping artists, songwriters, managers, labels and publishers, plus collecting societies PPL and PRS.

It is hoped that, by officially endorsing Attitude is Everything’s charter, the Live Music Group will help ensure those standards are more widely adopted by the British live music industry, making events and venues more ever accessible to disabled and deaf music fans.

Commenting on the development, Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull said: “I am delighted that the UK Live Music Group is backing Attitude Is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice. The Charter is a result of seventeen years development; working with our music industry partners and disabled people to create a set of standards in access for the live music industry. The UK Live Music Group represents all quarters of this industry. Their endorsement is important in driving the message home that every live music event can be accessible and inclusive in some way, and that live music can be opened up to all disabled audiences, artists, volunteers and employees”.

Meanwhile Live Nation’s Paul Latham, in his role as Chair of the UK Live Music Group, said: “The UK Live Music Group is committed to ensuring that live music is accessible to all. Attitude Is Everything has done great work over the years to improve the experience of music fans. I am delighted that the UK Live Music Group is taking a lead and has endorsed the Charter Of Best Practice. I would encourage other parts of the industry to do all they can to make sure live music is accessible to all”.