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The Cure, Franz Ferdinand Promote Access to Live Music for Deaf

Artists and venues team up for charity Attitude is Everything

The Cure, Franz Ferdinand, #MusicWithoutBarriers

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The Cure, Franz Ferdinand and Alt-J lead a cadre of musicians who have joined the charity Attitude is Everything’s new #MusicWithoutBarriers campaign, which seeks to improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.

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The U.K. organization has tapped a slew of musicians, DJs and members of the music industry — including Frank Turner, Anna Calvi, Slow Club, Slowdive, DJ Jamie Renton, The Wytches and Creations Records founder Alan McGee — as well as venues and festivals (like this weekend’s Glastonbury) across the country to help raise awareness.

“Everybody deserves the chance to enjoy live music, and coming together to improve access for all is only going to make shows better for everyone,” Turner wrote in support on the site.

As Attitude is Everything’s website notes, the campaign is focused on four key areas. To start, they note that improving access to deaf and disabled music fans doesn’t have to be expensive and improving access can help businesses grow. More so, the campaign urges venues to provide early information about access ahead of an event, and that policies and access should take into account that not all disabled people are wheelchair users.

Attitude is Everything also says fans can support the cause by making a donation and asking venues and festivals to sign the campaign’s Charter of Best Practice. More information about #MusicWithoutBarriers, as well as a full list of participating artists and venues, is available on the charity’s website.


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