Outstanding Attitude Awards 2019: Nominations Open

Posted on 30.10.2018

Outstanding Attitude Awards 2019: Nominations Open

The Outstanding Attitude Awards are back for 2019! Celebrating innovation and best practice in access for live music, the awards recognise businesses and organisations who have positively impacted the experiences of Deaf and disabled music audiences.

Nominations are open now for the 2019 Awards, which will take place at Islington Assembly Hall on 12 March.

If you are working to break down barriers and include Deaf and disabled music fans, this is your chance to shout about it!” – Suzanne Bull MBE, CEO, Attitude is Everything

The first round of awards in 2016 recognised venues and festivals large and small for great practice from on-demand BSL interpretation to video travel guides. For their second installment, we have expanded the awards to recognise excellent practice happening across the whole breadth of the live music sector.

There are now 10 awards, covering a range of topics from online access information and DIY approaches, to ticketing, tech innovation and infrastructure.

Submissions for the awards are now open until 21 December 2018. Find out more and nominate your organisation here.

Minister for the Creative Industries, Margot James, said: "Everyone should be able to access and enjoy our fantastic live music scene and inclusivity should be at the forefront of promoters, event organisers and music venues' plans. Attitude is Everything’s Outstanding Attitude Awards is a fantastic initiative which complements DCMS's commitment that arts and culture should be accessible for all."

Attitude is Everything CEO, Suzanne Bull MBE, said: “From DIY events to companies at the cutting edge of ticketing technology, we want to shine a light on all of the ways live music can be made more inclusive for Deaf and disabled music fans. By recognising what is possible at every level, we will demonstrate how the UK is a global leader when it comes to live music accessibility, and hope to encourage the industry to take further positive action.”

The 10 awards are:

  • The Nigel McCune DIY Access Award for venues, bands, artists and promoters taking DIY approaches to making live music accessible.
  • The Access Starts Online Awards for high quality access information across three categories:
    • Small venues (under 500 capacity)
    • Large venues (over 500 capacity)
    • Outdoor events
  • The Ticketing Without Barriers Awards for organisations improving the access booking experience for Deaf and disabled customers across two categories:
    • Venues and outdoor events
    • Ticketing companies
  • The Tech Innovation Award for the best use of technology to make live music more accessible.
  • The Big Ambition Award for larger venues and events pushing the boundaries of what is possible in live music accessibility.
  • The Customer Focus Award for excellent customer service and/or consultation with Deaf and disabled audiences.
  • The Accessible Infrastructure Award for excellent access infrastructure implementation.

Paying tribute to Nigel McCune and his work in helping establish Attitude is Everything, Suzanne added:

“Nigel McCune was absolutely instrumental in setting up Attitude is Everything, becoming one of the first members of the project’s steering group, and then going on to become one of the charity’s first Trustees and Board Officers. His loss earlier this year hit us all incredibly hard. We know Nigel would have loved the spirit of the Outstanding Attitude Awards and particularly our support of the creative grassroots industry and DIY scenes, which is why we’ve dedicated the DIY Access Award to his memory.”

Find out more and nominate your organisation here.