DISABILITY ACCESS charity Attitude is Everything (AIE) has launched an initiative aimed at helping artistes with hearing impairments or long-term health conditions.
Next Stage launched with a nationwide survey looking to gain insight into the challenges deaf or disabled musicians or songwriters face.
Findings will be presented in May at The Great Escape festival in Brighton.
“The challenges facing deaf and disabled people are often hidden and rarely discussed publicly,” says AIE CEO Suzanne Bull MBE.
“There are a range of stigmas and sensibilities, so our first goal is to collect information through a comprehensive and wide-reaching survey.”
“By paying attention to artistes’ voices, I believe we can build a thriving network of talent that will enhance British music and benefit all in the wider music community.”
The initiative has secured support across the industry, with UK Music, Featured Artists Coalition, Help Musicians UK, the Musicians’ Union and PRS Foundation all helping to promote the survey.
AIE says its two main aims are to overcome the ‘knowledge gap’ surrounding disabled musicians and to boost talent development.