Making Music More Accessible: DIY Access Guides

We’re aiming to make music events around the world more accessible for Deaf and disabled audiences by offering up three simple, downloadable guides from the UK to the rest of the world, now translated into 11 languages. Any venue, promoter, band, festival or performer should be interested in giving them a read as they contain practical, easy to follow advice to make gigs and concerts more accessible so that music can reach and include the widest possible audience.

The UK live music accessibility charity Attitude is Everything developed the original guides in English language only. We are now delighted to say that, with British Council support, these guides have been translated many times over so that the advice can be shared far and wide around the world. Please take a look and help us spread the world online with the DIY Access Guide campaign.

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You can download the guides below in the following languages: Arabic | Chinese (simplified) | French | German | Japanese | Korean | Portuguese | Portuguese (Brazilian) | Russian | Spanish | Ukrainian


Access Starts Online

Who is it for? Venues and festivals

Two Access Starts Online guides provide guidance on how to provide high quality information online for disabled audiences. One of the guides is aimed primarily at venues, the other is aimed primarily at festivals. Any event organiser should gather some useful, practical tips from the guides regardless of their event’s size, scale and budget.

Why does access to an event start online? Research gathered by Attitude is Everything found that over 60% of disabled people in the UK had been put off going to live music events simply because there was no information available to them about how their access needs might be met at the event they were hoping to attend. Given that there are over 13 million Deaf and disabled people in the UK that means a large potential audience could be missing out and venues and bands might be missing out on a share of that audience too.

Examples of venues and festivals inspired by the information in the original English language version of the Access Starts Online guides include Manchester’s Band on the Wall and Brighton’s Komedia – both relatively small venues – up to London’s The O2 and festivals including the iconic Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festival, to Nozstock and Just So.


DIY Access Guide

Who is it for? Primarily artists, bands and promoters

The DIY Access Guide provides simple tips on how to hack venues, gigs and tours to make them as inclusive as possible for disabled audiences and artists. There’s advice on what can you do at an inaccessible venue, how to make an accessible flyer, what to include on online event pages to reach the widest audience, how to make DIY captions for lyrics and how to set up an accessible seated viewing area.

“We know that many bands, artists and promoters wish to reach out to disabled audiences, but simply lack the know-how to cater to this growing demographic,” explains Suzanne Bull, CEO of Attitude is Everything. “This guide is our gift to them, and the translations herald our open invitation to help us make live music the world-over as accessible as possible.”




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Portuguese (Brazilian)





This guide has all the vital information needed to engage with disabled audiences and artists, making it a must read for all bands and promoters

– Rob Maddison, Revenge of Calculon 


Attitude is Everything, an Arts Council England Sector Support Organisation for the UK’s music industry, has worked with audiences, artists, venues and festivals for 19 years to improve access to live music for Deaf and disabled audiences.