Where are you based out of and where do you see shows in relation?
When did you start going to shows and when did you get more involved in the scene?
Talk a bit about your disability and how it affects your experience going to shows.
What have your experiences been like with inquiring about lighting accommodations? What does that process typically look like?
What have your experiences been like with having an invisible disability in relation to getting accommodations?
Have your experiences with accommodations at venues improved over time as social awareness has grown in general, or are things remaining the same?
What’s been your best experience with accessibility?
What’s been your worst experience with accessibility?
Tell everyone about what you’re working on through LEAD DIY.
Was there a particular moment that made you want to work to change things surrounding lighting at gigs?
How can people best be an ally to everyone with light sensitivities?
Most listened to album of this year so far?
Valerie Gritsch is the community manager for London-based indie label, Xtra Mile Recordings. As community manager, she handles all of their social media channels, in addition to managing their street team and other fan engagement efforts. A New York native, Gritsch is currently working towards her Masters degree at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where her research includes, but is not limited to, music fandom and celebrity studies. The subject of her thesis will focus on celebrity death and how fans create history. Gritsch—whose history of chronic nerve pain eventually led to fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis (commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome)—caught up with us to talk about her experience in the music industry and what adequate accommodations can and should look like.read more
Brianna Snider is currently a student at Capital University in Columbus, OH, where she studies music technology and is the music director at the university’s own WXCU Radio. She is the co-founder of Blue Salt Records, and plays music under the name saltlick. Snider – who has a mild form of cerebral palsy, as well as scoliosis – caught up with Half Access to discuss her experiences with accessibility as both a spectator and performer.read more
Enjoy a guest blog post from The John G. Shedd Institute’s Hearing Loop committee in Eugene, OR. Learn about the importance of auditory accessibility in venues and the committee’s work to increase access to looping systems at venues.read more