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Making Live Music Accessible | ATAG Online 24 Sep 2020

Music is supposed to be the universal language that connects humanity like nothing else. However, for musicians, production crew and audience members with disability, their opportunities to participate in Australia’s music industry don’t always hit the right note. 

Join us for this FREE online panel discussion with experts from the music industry and disability sector as they discuss how music companies, music venues and music festivals can amp up their approach to accessibility for and inclusion of arts practitioners and audiences with disability.

Learn about:

  • The barriers which can prevent musicians, crew and audiences from participating equitably in Australia’s music industry
  • The opportunities and challenges for the music industry in terms of improving access and inclusion for people with disability
  • How the COVID crisis has impacted venues and festivals and what an inclusive recovery for the industry might look like  
  • Lessons learned from accessibility leaders in the UK, US and Irish music industries
  • Tips, short cuts and practical strategies for delivering gigs and events where everyone feels they belong  

Where & When


Emily Collins | Managing Director | MusicNSW

Emily Collins is the Managing Director of MusicNSW, the state music body for NSW. Emily leads the organisation’s advocacy and sector development projects. She has worked in music festivals, radio and as a musician, as well as multi-arts festivals.

Jane Slingo | Director and Executive Producer| Australian Electronic Music Conference

Jane Slingo has worked in the electronic music sector since 1994. She has worked as a promoter, writer, booking agent, curator, tour manager and artist manager over the past couple of decades. Today, Jane is the Director and Executive Producer of Australia’s Electronic Music Conference (EMC) and Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Global Cities After Dark – a forum focussed on future nightlife – curated and produced in partnership with Global Night Mayor Advocate Mirik Milan. Jane has also been an artist manager since 2000. She has been managing producer, composer, tastemaker and audio-visual artist Sampology since 2006. Given her two and half decades of experience specialised in the electronic music sector, Jane is engaged on a number of boards and advisory groups. She is currently engaged on management boards and advisory groups for MusicNSW; Association for Artist Managers; Australian Music Vault and APRA AMCOS’ Club Music Advisory Group.

Morwenna Collett | Consultant/Educator | Arts, Culture & Disability

An accomplished leader, consultant and facilitator with 15 years’ experience in government, the arts, not-for-profit and university sectors, Morwenna has worn the hats of CEO, senior leadership team member, project manager, lecturer, researcher, trainer and advisor. She is currently working as a consultant specialising in strategy, diversity, access and inclusion in relation to the arts, and is a member of advisory committees with the City of Sydney, Sydney Festival and Perth Festival. She recently completed a Churchill Fellowship, exploring inclusive music programs, venues and festivals which actively engage disabled people across the USA, UK and Ireland. Her work is influenced by her own lived experience as a musician with disability.

Eliza Hull | Musical Artist

Eliza Hull is a musical artist and a proud person with a disability with a condition known as ‘Charcot Marie Tooth.’ Eliza is heavily engrossed within the disability community, and has become an advocate within the music industry. Recently, she spoke at Changes Festival about accessibility within the industry, and performed at Dylan Alcott’s music festival AbilityFest. Eliza has also had syncs through North American TV shows Awkward and Teen Wolf, Canada’s Saving Hope and Australian drama The Heights. Eliza’s music is regularly played Australian radio stations triple j, triple j Unearthed, FBI, ABC, PBS and 3RRR. Eliza has a strong live following, selling out headline shows, and along the way sharing stages with Owl Eyes, SAFIA, Katie Noonan, Husky and Mia Dyson. Eliza is currently curating an online accessible mini music festival in partnership with Isolaid featuring disabled musicians from around the world. Eliza is also the Access & Inclusion Coordinator at Arena Theatre Company.

Alister Hill | Senior Producer Contemporary Music | Sydney Opera House

Alister Hill is a musician, composer, writer and programmer. He’s currently the Senior Producer of Contemporary Music at the Sydney Opera House where he programs and produces the year-round Contemporary Music program. He has also worked as a Producer and Artistic Associate for Sydney’s Vivid LIVE Festival. Alister is also one half of electronic indie pop duo Saint-Leon.


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This event will be Auslan interpreted and have live closed captioning.

If you have access requirements, please advise us when registering. We may need 24 hours notice to accommodate your requirements. Please take this into account when registering.

For more information or to specify any access requirements to participate in this event, please contact Daniel Jaramillio:

About Zoom

Our ATAG Online will be using the Zoom online conferencing platform. We’ll email you the Zoom link the day before the event. All you have to do is click on the link, follow the prompts and you’ll be part of the event.

Zoom is an easy to use, reliable and FREE cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops and telephones. If you haven’t used Zoom before you can find out more here:

About ATAG

ATAG stands for Accessing The Arts Group. ATAGs are regular meetups for workers in NSW’s creative industries who want to learn more about including people with disability in their professional practice. ATAGs are an initiative of Accessible Arts, NSW’s peak arts and disability organisation. Accessible Arts works with artists, arts organisations, cultural agencies and festival/event operators to create opportunities that enrich the lives of artists, arts workers and audiences with disability or who are Deaf.

Presented by: Accessible Arts

Proudly supported by: Create NSW and City of Sydney

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