Access Interview – Valerie Gritsch

Access Interview – Valerie Gritsch

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.

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Access Interview – Brianna Snider (saltlick)

Access Interview – Brianna Snider (saltlick)

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.

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Access Interview – Jessica

Access Interview – Jessica

Sean Gonzalez, one of our board members, virtually met Jessica through a music group on Facebook, sharing a common interest in bands and genres. After reading a few posts from Jessica, we reached out to discuss her disability, Cerebral Palsy, to spread some awareness.

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