Where are you based out of?
How has your disability been viewed by others?
Do you feel included at venues for shows?
In terms of venue accessibility, what was the best treatment you have received?
What was the worst treatment in regards to your disability?
How would you have wanted that situation to be handled so in the future venues know how to be better?
Any advice to abled people on how to be more aware of accessibility?
What is your favorite style of music?
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