Category: Half/Access Info
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our first annual end-of-the-year fundraiser!
In collaboration with Take Warning Presents, we will be hosting an acoustic evening with the following artists: Malia Endres (Glacier Veins), Noise Brigade, Narrative, S!ege, and Jake Haley. There will also be raffles and food! Interested in donating something from your band/brand/organization for our raffle? Contact us ASAP!
The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at Post 134 (2104 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211). Doors open at 5pm and the night will end around 10pm. This is all ages (bar w/ID). Tickets are $10 advance and $12 day of and are available for purchase now. Post 134’s accessibility info is in our database, and you can also contact us if you have any specific questions or accommodation requests.
All proceeds from the event will be going towards our 2019 continued efforts to make live music more accessible, and will help our message reach more people!
In addition, Take Warning Presents is sponsoring us through the end of 2018, so when you buy tickets to their shows through their ticketing platform, 50 cents from every ticket will be donated to us. We super appreciate them and the opportunities they’ve given us!
Unable to attend the event, but still want to support Half Access? Here are some ways you can help:
1. Find, submit, and review venue accessibility info in our database and talk about accessibility with the people around you at shows
Using our website and helping expanding it through the submission of venues we don’t have yet and through reviews of accessibility at venues we do have will help us best connect with venues moving forward, and will help disabled people be prepared before going to a venue for the first time. Spreading the word on what we’re doing is also a huge help!
2. Donate Directly
You can donate directly to Half Access via clicking the button in the menu or by clicking here.
3. Buy something from our Amazon Wishlist
You can find it at http://a.co/0h5PEBJ.
4. Shop using AmazonSmile
At no additional cost to you, a percentage of the purchase price of your orders through AmazonSmile will be donated to Half Access if you so choose. Select us directly here: smile.amazon.com/ch/82-1516596.
5. Ask us to table your Portland shows or reach out to us about any other ideas you may have that could help us in our mission
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The Half Access mission is to make live music more accessible, and in most of our recent work we’ve focused on the experience of disabled fans attending shows. There’s another huge part of venue accessibility, which is making sure that disabled musicians can access venues. But, before playing shows comes learning an instrument, which can often look different for disabled musicians. I got the chance to interview a few disabled musicians to share their experiences with adapting how they learn and play their instruments in a way that works with their disabilities.
Josh Rosenberg, 24, graduated from UMass Lowell in spring 2017 with a bachelor’s of music in music business. This year marks the first year he has been able to work only in the festival and live music industry, specializing in accessibility, without any side jobs. He’s worked at about 20 different festivals, some just once and some each year over the past four years.
Luciano Ferrara is a singer-songwriter from Albany, NY, who after several years as a solo artist, recently made the transition to full-band supported act, performing as Luciano Ferrara and the Ensuing Disaster. Also a creative writing student at SUNY Albany, he just finished his undergrad thesis on a book he is writing about lumberjack folklore. In this Access Interview, Ferrara talks to us about the unpredictability of type 1 diabetes and his experience with accessibility as a performer.