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Creating Inclusive Live Music Experiences

Concerts, Sporting Events, Music Festivals, and Any Public Gathering Should be Inclusive to All – NOT Exclusive

Disabled Spectator’s mission is to revolutionize the way people with disabilities, their family and friends connect and enjoy entertainment and sporting events at public venue. We recently stumbled upon an article written by Annie Zaleski. She details the common obstacles a person with disabilities faces while attending a concert. It struck a cord with us because it detailed why concerts and festivals must be inclusive.

But perhaps more important, accessibility at a concert venue or festival starts even before attendees reach the entrance. And this is where the discrimination often isn’t blatant: When a music festival doesn’t have information about disability access (or at least contact info where someone can inquire about accommodations) or ticketing sites don’t have the option to purchase accessible tickets online, it sends a subtly non-inclusive message: You are not welcome here. I’ve encountered both of these things, and it’s a deflating but anger-inducing experience, one that makes me feel excluded from something that brings me great joy, personally and professionally.

 

Who is Annie Zaleski?

Annie Zaleski is a freelance writer, editor, blogger, and journalist who writes columns about music and culture. She has written for The A.V. Club, Salon, Las Vegas Weekly, Spin, Ultimate Rock Classic, and Billboard (both in print and online), just to name a few.

Music is her passion and attending concerts is important to her both professionally and personally. However, as a person with cerebral palsy, she has mobility difficulties. Therefore, accessibility at venues is imperative to her.

What Do You Think?

You Are Not Welcome Here is an excellent account of why accessibility at public venues is necessary. You can read the article here:

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/01/you_are_not_welcome_here_at_concerts_and_music_festivals_fans_with_disabilities_are_too_often_shut_out_endangered_and_ignored/

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