Music has the potential to mean something to everyone, and everyone should have the opportunity to engage with music.
This Churchill Fellowship set out to answer the question ‘How can the Australian music industry include more disabled artists, participants and audiences?’
"Being curious about opportunities for music to be more broadly enjoyed by disabled people, as both creative participants and makers as well as active audience members, I was not only keen to look at this through the lens of music-specific organisations but also organisations which programme music (festivals and venues). During my travels to the USA, Ireland and UK, I conducted 83 interviews with 124 people cross 74 organisations. I met with music-specific and multi-arts festivals which programme music, music venues, other performing arts venues, arts and disability organisations, music organisations of a variety of genres, government organisations, access consultants, access service providers and disabled musicians. In addition, I observed workshops, attended performances, completed training and participated in a conference. It was the deepest learning experience of my life to date and it reinforced that the moment for Australia’s music industry to become more inclusive is now," says Morwenna.
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