Paul Hamlyn Foundation to fund new “Breaking the Sound Barriers” programme

Posted on 31.01.2017

Paul Hamlyn Foundation to fund new “Breaking the Sound Barriers” programme

Attitude is Everything is delighted to announce that Paul Hamlyn Foundation have awarded us £279,000 from their Arts Access and Participation: More and Better fund. More and Better grants are designed to support organisations to increase their impact and effectiveness and to build stronger and better evidence of outcomes.

Starting in April 2017, our new programme 'Breaking the Sound Barriers' will enable us to make a greater impact on improving access to live music.  It focuses on supporting a greater diversity and number of Deaf and disabled fans to inform our work. To help us with that, we will be transforming our mystery shopping programme; providing new ways via our website for our volunteers to give us feedback, thus influencing the content of guidance and resources that they want to improve.  We will also be encouraging disabled people from different communities to participate in our Mystery Shopping programme, and add their voices to improving access to live music. 

Funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation enables us to create a specific programme that is dedicated to improving access to small, grassroots music venues across the UK for the very first time.  Therefore to drive 'Breaking the Sound Barriers' forward, we will be recruiting a new Grassroots Project Manager – more details are to be published about this.

A large part of our new programme is to work with our current partners from the disability, live music and events industry sectors, AiE Charter of Best Practice music venues and festivals, music trade bodies and organisations, artists (via our Artistic Engagement programme, funded by Esmee Fairbairn), and policymakers.  However we are excited by the potential that this programme will bring in terms of new partners and ways of working over the next 4 years.

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation says:

“At Paul Hamlyn Foundation, we believe that the arts can enrich people’s lives, but for that to happen, there are obstacles to access that need to be addressed. ‘Breaking the Sound Barriers’ should give voice to the many music fans within the Deaf and disabled community and help them to improve their experience of live music going. The venues are critical partners in this endeavour, providing local access to great music, and we are delighted to support them, helping them to open up even more to potential audiences across the UK. ”

Suzanne Bull MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Attitude is Everything says:

“I’m very grateful to Paul Hamlyn Foundation for agreeing to support us from their “More and Better” programme and thus enabling our work to thrive in some new key areas.  It is particularly exciting as ‘Breaking the Sound Barriers’ is new programme of work for us, enabling us to give a voice to under-represented fans within the disability community, to try out new ways in which we can support disabled people to feedback about their experiences, and to focus on small, grassroots music venues in a dedicated way for the first time.  These small venues are the life-blood of our UK live music scene and it is vital that we can give them every support we can to thrive.”