UK Music proudly supports Attitude is Everything’s fourth State of Access report

We helped launch the report at the Roundhouse on April 9

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10/04/18: UK Music was proud to support the launch of Attitude is Everything's fourth State of Access report at the Roundhouse on Monday.

Opening speakers at the report launch on Monday

Director of Operations and Head of Diversity Ele Hill made an opening speech at the event, with CEO Michael Dugher contributing a foreword to the report, which can be read here.

The event also featured a panel, with speakers including Jonathan Brown, CEO of The Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers and Chloe Hearne, Head of Ticketing at the Roundhouse.

Read Ele's speech in full below:

Hello everyone.

Thanks to Attitude is Everything for inviting me to say a few words, and congratulations on a great report.

UK Music has been a long term supporter of Suzanne and the team at Attitude is Everything. This year we decided to strengthen our support further by committing to be part of the Ticketing Without Barriers Coalition, as well as the Cross Sector Group looking at improving access across music, cinema, theatre, heritage, and sport.

UK Music’s Measuring Music report found that music fans contributed £1billion to the UK economy in 2016 by going to concerts. Today The State of Access report makes it clear that if we can make both venues, and the ticketing process, accessible for all deaf and disabled gig goers, this figure will be even higher.

I head up the UK Music Diversity Taskforce where each year we survey the workforce of the music industry to capture data on the diversity of the sector. We then use the data to work with industry to tackle the issues the survey exposes. Our work currently focsses on gender and ethnicity, and as last week’s gender pay gap reporting figures showed, we’ve still got a long way to go.

The figures for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority pay gap reporting would be worse. And worse again would be any disability pay gap reporting.

As part of the UK Music work I am involved in the Music Week Women In Music awards. And, at last year’s awards, we were delighted that Suzanne was admitted to the Women in Music Roll of Honour. This honour recognises women who have been game changers in the music industry and was thoroughly deserved!

I wanted to mention this as a reminder to us all of the wider issues of intersectionality. We are not only deaf, or disabled, or women, or Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority. We are a combination of identities that make us who we are. It’s important to look at the bigger picture, and also to take personal responsibility for creating change.

This year’s State of Access report focusses on the problems encountered when Deaf and disabled music fans try to book tickets for gigs. Suzanne and the team have successfully created a practical guide to effecting real change.

The report rightly asks for further commitment from employers, venues and ticketing companies to make this experience better for all.

However it is also the responsibility of us as individuals – as the person answering the phone, responding to an email, or designing a website – to do our bit in ensuring that no one is excluded from music.

So to sum up, well done Attitude is Everything.

And I hope I speak for everyone here when I say ‘we’re here to help in any way we can’.

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