22.08.17: Michael Dugher said the music business was determined to do more to help disabled people break into the industry and to improve access to venues.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday, UK Music’s chief executive said: “There is a need for more resources to improve access and to raise awareness and that’s about more than just money.”
Michael said practical issues like more training to tackle discrimination would help improve the situation.
He praised the Government’s appointment of Suzanne Bull, chief executive of Attitude is Everything and a fellow panelist on the show, as the disability champion for the industry as “really welcome”.
Michael was talking to guest editor and disabled musician Rob Maddison of Revenge of Calculon about the issue.
Michael said: “There is goodwill on all sides, but the situation at the moment isn’t good enough and we need to do more to improve access.”
You can listen to the full discussion on BBC 5 Live here at 00:24:15.
UK Music is supporting the work of Attitude is Everything. You can find out more about what they do improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music here.