Suzanne Bull awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List
Posted on 17.06.2013
Attitude is Everything’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Bull has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to music, the arts and disabled people. Suzanne was nominated due to her tireless pursuit of equality for Deaf and disabled people, and work improving the accessibility of live music venues and festival across the UK.
13 years ago, Suzanne set up Attitude is Everything to challenge the music industry to improve their access to Deaf and disabled customers. The organisation has since overseen more than 70 venues and festivals signing up to a Charter of Best Practice, thousands trained in disability equality and a huge increase in the numbers of Deaf and disabled people accessing live music events.
Reflecting on the impact of her work, Suzanne said: “15 years ago it was the same two or three people on the viewing platform, nowadays you need to be at the main stage platform by 2pm to reserve a space. The demand is there; if you build it, they will come.”
Melvin Benn, Managing Director at Festival Republic, and Bradley Hemmings, Artistic Director at Greenwich + Docklands Festivals and Co-Artistic Director for the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, were just two of the many influential colleagues that supported the nomination:
Said Bradley Hemmings: “Suzanne has always been both a visionary and a highly practical problem solver in creating the highest possible standards of access.”
Commented Melvin Benn: “Suzanne has guided our staff, built strong personal relationships and is without question an expert in her field, offering accessible advice and feedback to the music industry and disabled customers alike.”
Despite significant improvements in accessibility over the past 13 years, there is still plenty left to achieve, so Attitude is Everything will continue to campaign for equal access under Suzanne’s direction on behalf of Deaf and disabled people nationwide.
“When I found out, I was absolutely amazed and I felt really proud. This is a great opportunity to get access to live music on the agenda again and to start pushing for more changes at a higher, political level, so I’m really excited for all of us.
“When I was growing up my Mum and Dad told me that I could do whatever I wanted to do and to have that absolute faith from my family at the beginning gave me a brilliant start in life. I have been fortunate enough to have very strong disabled role models in my career; one was the former Director at Artsline, Roger Robinson OBE, who taught me that an organisation is about collaboration and the more that you embrace diversity, the richer the organisation will be for it.
“My ultimate goal is for Deaf and disabled people to be able to attend, work or perform at any event that they wish. It’s a utopian view, I know, but this is genuinely because I don’t understand why there should be any barriers to this, attitudinal or physical - music without barriers.”
Suzanne Bull MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Attitude is Everything.