Frequently Asked Questions

How have your plans changed in response to COVID-19?

Covid-19 has presented the need to highlight and promote best practices in online accessibility so that other producers of educational and recreational online content gain a greater understanding of accessibility needs and challenges. By showcasing, promoting, and advising on best practices for online accessibility through our own programming and website design, we aim to serve as a model and consultant to other providers wanting to attain this goal.

We also raised $3,225 for our Covid-19 Relief Fund created to support music lovers with disabilities and the musicians and event workers who strive to make live music accessible.

I love what you guys do and want to be a part of it! How can I join your team?

We have numerous opportunities for volunteering! While we love folks who come with experience at live entertainment events and/or working with the disabled community, anyone can join our team regardless of prior experience. What we need most of all are passionate folks who have a desire to help others. If you want to volunteer at live events, please sign up here. Are you interested in volunteering at a first-year festival? Volunteer at Inclusion Festival here. Or, if you are interested in helping us on the backend with administration work at our non-profit, please send us an email at amy@accessiblefestivals.org.

What are the benefits of attending a live music event?

An extensive review of peer-reviewed research journals conducted by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) concludes that music is universally appealing and helps promote social, emotional, and cognitive skills across many different disability categories. Music is widely accepted as an evidence-based therapy known to reduce stress, enhance memory, improve communication, strengthen sensory-processing, and motor skills. Additionally, there is strong potential for communities with diverse needs and backgrounds to bond through shared musical experiences

I am event producer and I want to make my event more accessible. Can you assist me with this?

Yes! Work with us to provide your community with an inclusive in-person or virtual experience that is accessible to all abilities and learn more about meeting the needs of ALL of your consumers. Send us an email about your project plans to discover how we can support your accessibility needs.

I want to donate towards your cause! Is my donation tax-deductible?

Absolutely! We have 501c3 status from the IRS and will issue you a receipt for your donation. You can donate here. Thank you!

I have a really cool idea that is right up your alley of helping the disabled community. Can you help me develop it?

You may very well be a candidate for a fiscal sponsorship with our organization. We are always interested in helping passionate people develop projects that fall under our organizational mission. As a fiscally sponsored project, you can accept tax-deductible donations with our 501c3 status and we can provide a whole assortment of resources and advisement. Contact us at amy@accessiblefestivals.org for more information.

I am disabled and am going to my first music festival. Do you have any suggestions?

Yes! From our founder, Austin Whitney: “My biggest recommendation is to focus on self-reliance. Bring everything you may possibly need to enjoy the event. Bring extra supplies. Invest in a good head lamp. Sanitary wipes are helpful, as well as a good pair of gloves. Read the festival’s ADA information page – I encourage you to reach out to the festival with any questions you have. Bring clothes for heat, cold, and rain. If you’re in a wheelchair, consider some off-road tires. Go to the festival with a positive attitude and prepare to have an amazing time!”

I am an ASL interpreter and want to work with you guys at music festivals. How can I do that?

We are always looking to connect with talented performance interpreters. Shoot us an email at effectivecommunication@accessiblefestivals.com.

Why does access to recreation matter?

Recreation and leisure are critical to the happiness, self-worth, and self-identity of all individuals. Recreational experiences help strengthen family and cultural connections and build social cohesion and inclusive communities. People who make time for recreation report reduced stress, depression and pain, healthier weights, improved cognition, and resistance to illness and disease. Settings created for this purpose provide important opportunities for people to connect and share resources and ideas.

Why are festivals important?

Traditions like Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Diwali, and more highlight important cultural values and heritage and support the notion that festivals are a purposeful and profound way to connect with our roots, reflect on personal values and experiences, and identify rituals and practices that resonate with us. They offer the opportunity to come together in celebration, strengthening our sense of belonging and cohesiveness.