SXSW 2020

Diversity In Live Music On And Off The Stage


The moderator will look at how venues can create safe, inclusive spaces for those who are often underrepresented in the live music sector. Our panel members are all well versed in how beneficial the live music scene is for those with visible & invisible access needs as well as gender and ethnicity. They will offer in-depth, personal insights on how to improve the diversity on stage as well as with audiences. They will discuss the benefits of diversity in the live music scene, the ability to expand your audience, becoming more representative of society more widely, as well as greater online information. Additionally, an area which is often under scrutiny, they will offer ideas on how to become more inclusive which will help the industry adapt and meet the growing demand for inclusivity.

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  1. How as a live music venue can I programme in a way that is reflective of our greater society?
  2. How can I ensure that I am supporting those with additional access needs fully within my means?
  3. How can I implement long term change authentically?



Charlie Rickard, Venue Liaison, Independent Venue Week

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Future of Music
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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