Looking Back on 2016
Posted on 16.12.2016
The Attitude is Everything team at the 2016 State of Access Report launch.
It’s been a big year for Attitude is Everything! 2016 has seen the launch of our third State of Access Report, the expansion and success of our Access Starts Online project, and the first annual Outstanding Attitude Awards. Read on to find out more!
State of Access Report
This February we launched our 3rd biannual State of Access Report, which provides a snap-shot of live music accessibility in the UK, and the barriers faced by Deaf and disabled music fans at gigs and festivals. While the report highlighted improvements in many areas, it also uncovered a significant deficit in the provision of good quality access information across the live music industry, and particularly in the case of small and independent venues.
Access Starts Online
This research prompted us to expand our Access Starts Online campaign for comprehensive access information to all UK venues and festivals. Over 30 venues and festivals have now been accredited for their access information, and many more are in the process of signing up.
Charter of Best Practice
Over 125 venues and festivals have now signed up to our Charter of Best Practice, serving more than 144,000 disabled music fans. 2016 has seen more than 15 sign ups and progressions, including:
- The Brighton Centre, which was awarded Gold in February
- The London-based Union Chapel and St John at Hackney, the first church based venues to sign up
- Lesbian music, arts & comedy festival L Fest was awarded Silver
This year support from Unum meant that we were able to produce a high-quality printed version of our Charter Toolkit, which is now available to purchase, enabling wider access to the expertise and best practice guidance developed by Attitude is Everything in our work with the music industry over the last 16 years.
Outstanding Attitude Awards
This July we launched the first ever Outstanding Attitude Awards, recognising innovative and creative access provision at Charter venues and festivals. The six winners, including a small family festival and a leading arena venue, were announced last week.
The results of our ticketing survey, announced this July, showed that the total economic contribution in ticket sales from Deaf and disabled people attending Charter venues and festivals increased by 26%, from £5.4m in 2014 to £7.5m in 2015.
This means that for every £1 invested by Arts Council England, £36 was spent by disabled people and their family and friends at Charter venues and festivals during 2015/16.
This year we said goodbye to Graham Griffiths, our former Head of Finance and Operations. He began a new job at the Living Wage Foundation after 10 years with us, during which time he assisted our CEO Suzanne in nurturing Attitude is Everything into what we are today.
We’ve also welcomed a number of new staff to the team in 2016 including Artist Engagement Co-ordinator Martina, Comms Assistant Cedrik, Support Worker Hula and our new Business and Operations Manager Ailsa.
In May we were very pleased to announce our new patron Jon Drape, managing director of the event production specialists Ground Control, the team behind festivals such as Parklife, Kendal Calling and Festival Number 6.
We’ve had some great partnerships with artists this year, including supporting Winter of ’82’s technologically innovative The Gloves Are On Tour, and working with the Congolese band Mbongwana Star and their booking agents ATC Live to produce a 100% accessible tour.
This year we’ve published 22 blogs by 18 different writers, who’ve all helped increased awareness of the importance of good accessibility by sharing their stories and experiences: check some of them our on our news page.
We’d also like to thank our brilliant fundraisers, who’ve taken on some big challenges and put on some great events to support access to live music this year, including a fundraising gig, online DJ & draw parties, a sponsored walk and a Tough Mudder with a surprise ending!
Annual Review 2015-16
For more details on our recent achievements, read our Annual Review 2015-16: