Music charity Attitude Is Everything has revealed a significant rise of over 25% in the number of deaf and disabled fans attending live music events in the UK.
According to Attitude, almost 144,000 disabled tickets were sold in 2015, compared to 114,000 in 2014, an increase of 26%. The charity also announced that the direct economic impact of these sales, including food and beverage and spend by personal assistants, is estimated at £7.5m.
Attitude is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull said: “The Charter of Best Practice is at the core of Attitude is Everything’s activities. As well as encouraging innovation and best practice, this practical and straightforward process sends out an important message of inclusivity to deaf and disabled fans across the UK, who are attending live music events in ever increasing numbers”.
The charter enables live music businesses to make an ongoing commitment to improving accessibility, also agreeing to be visited and ‘mystery shopped’ by the charity’s volunteers.
Over 100 festivals and venues have now signed the charter, and you can find out more and see the complete list here.
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