Launched in partnership with Attitude is Everything in time for Independent Venue Week in 2022, Just Ask is a campaign that aims to make asking about access requirements of artists an industry standard question, in advance of a gig or festival performance – taking the burden away from disabled artists.
Developed as part of Attitude is Everything’s artist development initiative “Next Stage”, this campaign sets out to help ensure that live music shows are as accessible as possible for acts on the line-up, by equipping promoters to ensure that artists no longer hold the burden of having to bring up their access requirements.
After holding a series of workshops with a flagship group of Independent Venue Week promoters, Attitude is Everything share guidance via open training sessions for promoters, with the aim for all artists to be asked, in advance, if they or their crew members have any access requirements. Musicians in Attitude is Everything’s Next Stage network provided guidance and ideas for how they would like to see promoters and artists work together, breaking down barriers together and improving the industry for the next generation.
These free, online training sessions, set a standard for how we can work together across the live music industry to meet the access requirements of artists and crew who identify as deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent, allowing promoters to learn and discuss how to best support artists with access requirements.
Delivered by Attitude is Everything, who have over 20 years experience of supporting the live music sector, the sessions include disabled fans, professionals and performers. They are a chance to ask any questions, learn new skills and develop accessible practices which you can put in place when engaging with artists. The sessions encourage informal discussion and there is no pressure to ask or say the right things.