Image description: A video screenshot of an image from the stage of Oxford Factory, with the backs of two women and a man in view. An Auslan interpreter is in a box on the bottom right corner and the project title 'Music Accessibility Project' are written in white text over the image.
MusicNSW announces the launch of the Music Accessibility Project Pilot Report, delving into the online and on-site accessibility of live music venues across the City of Sydney.
The Music Accessibility Project was developed to benchmark accessibility levels in the City of Sydney, and outline ways for venues to become more inclusive, so that people with disability – 1 in 5 Australians – can better engage in live music as audience members and artists.
The report found that both online and on-site accessibility of live music venues provided significant barriers to participation for people with disability. Some of the recommended improvements are relatively low or no cost, while some would require significant capital works.
Hearteningly, the willingness of music venues to learn more about access and improve their offerings means that there is a clear way forward for better inclusion and access in some of the state’s most prized music venues.
The Report outlines a series of recommendations for venues, councils, access advocates and MusicNSW, highlighting that everyone has a role to play in improving accessibility. It also offers recommendations for a range of 'quick wins' that can be implemented swiftly and cheaply, and guidance on planning for longer-term improvements.
The report was funded by the City of Sydney’s Knowledge Exchange Grant and undertaken by access consultants Morwenna Collett, Judy Harwood and Holly Craig.
Watch AUDIO DESCRIPTION version here.
Music Accessibility Project Team and Partners
Delivered by MusicNSW, this project was disability-led and was steered by people and organisations with lived experience of disability. This project was managed by disabled musician and access consultant Morwenna Collett, with assistance from access consultant Judy Harwood and access advisor Holly Craig. Project partners Accessible Arts, Attitude Is Everything (UK) and Patternmakers provided strategic advice and expertise.
Funding and Support
This project was supported through City of Sydney’s Knowledge Exchange Funding Program.
MusicNSW is supported by Create NSW and APRA AMCOS.
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