Austin’s Story

Six months after a car accident that severed his spinal cord and took away his legs, Accessible Festivals co-founder Austin Whitney attended his first music festival. For the first time since his spinal cord injury, he was able to smile and simply enjoy life. While the accessibility

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Must-have Supplies for Outdoor Events

Outdoor venues boast certain advantages over indoor facilities. That is why many concerts, movies, dramatic productions, and other types of entertainment frequently take place outside when the weather cooperates. One advantage to outdoor events is space. Parks or fields typically can hold many more participants than theaters

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How to Protect Your Hearing for the Long Haul

Aging has long been associated with hearing loss, and that association is not unwarranted. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders notes that age-related hearing loss can arise from changes in the inner ear as the body ages. However, hearing loss can affect people of

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Inclusion Day at Musikfest!

We are very excited to announce that Accessible Festivals will be presenting an Inclusion Day at Musikfest on Saturday August 7th in Bethlehem, PA in partnership with the non-profit organization ArtsQuest! Saturday, August 7th will be dedicated to Inclusion Day on the SouthSide Arts District, featuring ASL Interpretation and

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Meet Katee

We love to hear from our community! This week, learn about one of our supporters, Katee Meckeler and what Accessible Festivals means to her. Below she shares a bit about herself and why music is so important to her. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a

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Groove Therapy Podcast Recap

Last month Executive Director Amy Pinder, Programs Director Leah Barron, and Board Member Taraleigh Weathers had a chance to have a conversation about accessibility and inclusion in the live music scene we know and love, along with Dr. Leah Taylor, an integrative mental health expert who focuses

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Music Fans Shouldn’t Have to Wait Much Longer for Live Gigs

As vaccination programmes allow for the gradual lifting of social restrictions, the revival of the live music industry is low on the list of priorities. This is perhaps understandable when you think of the risks associated with a small music venue crammed with people dancing and singing

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Fiscal Sponsor Spotlight: Especially Everyone

Pete Kozak is a behavioral therapist, teacher, and percussionist who believes that music is among the most powerful forms of human connection, and that we are all better off when we come together to listen, dance, and celebrate life. This led him to create Especially Everyone, an inclusive,

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