Virtual Concerts & Festivals: A Guidebook to Accessibility Accommodations & Building Inclusion

2020: the Year of the Virtual Event. As COVID-19 made its way around the world, concerts, festivals, and tours came to a screeching halt. Artists ranging from the local cover band all the way to Billboard-charting stars switched on to live stream, and festivals all around the

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Portugal The Man Partners with Accessible Festivals!

Multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Portugal The Man are back with new single, “What, Me Worry?” – out everywhere now! Produced by Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Harry Styles) and Ryan Tedder (Adele, Beyoncé), “What, Me Worry?” marks the first official release from the band’s long-awaited 9th studio

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Fiscal Sponsor Spotlight: RAMPD

Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities (RAMPD) is a fast-growing coalition dedicated to making disability inclusion and access a reality in the mainstream music industry. Their mission is to amplify disability culture, promote inclusion, and advocate for accessibility within the Music Industry RAMPD was founded in

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Announcing Inclusion Festival 2022!

Mark Your Calendars for July 15-17, 2022! We are very excited to announce that Inclusion Festival will be returning at a new location, Kempton Community Center in Kempton, PA, July 15-17, 2022! Presented by Accessible Festivals, Inclusion Festival is an accessible music and wellness festival for everyone! Designed to accommodate all ages

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Astroworld Tragedy: Here’s How Music Festival Organizers Can Stop Big Crowds Turning Deadly

A fatal crowd surge during a performance by US rapper Travis Scott on Friday night has become one of the deadliest live music incidents in recent years. Crowd crushes during the Houston show, which was part of the Astroworld Music Festival, led to eight deaths and dozens

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Meet Sabeerah

Sabeerah Najee is a black, female, disabled DJ who is passionate about normalizing the conversation about race and disability in the music industry. She is a member of Soulection, which has been a cornerstone of creativity for innovative musicians, crate-digging DJs, and open-minded fans from across the world. What

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Guest Post: Modeling Pretend Play on Screen

Let’s Write About is an inclusive, born-accessible children’s show exploring social-emotional themes through creative writing and inspiring inquiry-based learning with sensory activities that kids of all abilities can do at home. The show pulls from my work as a teaching artist and began as a way to

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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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The Benefits of Inclusion

We know that inclusive, sensory-friendly environments benefit all people. When spaces are designed to be accommodating and inclusive, the quality and diversity of conversations and interactions is greatly enhanced. By sharing and listening to the diverse perspectives of others, our self-awareness and empathy increases. When children with

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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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