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The Music Industry Needs to be More Accessible to the Deaf and Disabled

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In a meeting in Parliament, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has met with representatives from Attitude is Everything, a charity which supports the music industry to make live music events more accessible.

Mike was keen to help promote this important issue and has asked the Chief Executive of Attitude is Everything, Suzanne Bull, to become a judge on his Rock the House competition panel. Rock the House, a music competition launched by Mike to raise awareness of Intellectual Property and live music, has also updated the criteria for the Best Music Venue to include access and facilities for deaf and disabled people.

Attitude is Everything is concerned that ticketing abuse is having a detrimental effect on the availability of suitable tickets for deaf and disabled music fans and is shortly to release State of Access report, which will focus on this issue. As well as linking Attitude is Everything with the Hove-based Noise Abatement Society, Mike has invited representatives from Attitude is Everything to give evidence at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ticketing Abuse, of which he is a co-chair. For more information on Attitude is Everything visit www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk.

Commenting, Mike said: I was delighted to be able to help Attitude is Everything raise a number of important issues that affect deaf and disabled people and look forward to welcoming the charity to parliament again. I hope that by joining the judging panel on Rock the House and having changed our criteria for venues we can also draw attention to the needs of a committed group of music fans.

Suzanne Bull, Chief Executive of Attitude is Everything, added: “I’m delighted that Attitude is Everything has been asked to assist Rock The House 2014 to get more Deaf and disabled people musicians involved in the competition. This is an exciting opportunity for the artists that we support, nurture and promote to showcase their talent. I’m also very much looking forward to being a Judge on the Best Live Music Venue category and this will help raise awareness of how straightforward it is for live music venues to improve their access when they sign up to our Charter of Best Practice.