Access to Sounds - Accessibility to Live Music
 Posted on 27/05/2014 - 12:14
Idea Outline
Access to Sounds is a free online live music broadcasting channel. It is dedicated to people having problems to live their passion of live music as a performer and audience; essentially for fragile, secluded and impaired populations.

The Challenge
Music helps coping with depression, increases the mood (Maratos AS, 2008) and enhances motor coordination (Bernatzky G, 2004). Everyone should have access and freedom of enjoyment (UN Convention, 2007) to benefit from live musical performances. In fact, many people have limited possibilities for playing or watching at concerts. The common obstacles are: transportation; environmental risks; accessibility (bathroom, backstage, stage, floor zone); curfew; performance visibility from wheelchair and pressuring crowd on floor zone, etc… Populations having difficulties to access and participate to live music events would greatly benefit from it. Our team led a concert at a disabled people’s housing institution and had the idea of an online and improved version of the service. (TUAS, 2014).

The Solution

Playing live at housing institutions is an interesting approach, but limited in terms of frequency, regularity and flexible accessibility to live music. Through Access to Sounds, anybody anytime can log in, listen or turn on the webcam and perform live, with help for scheduling, promotion and engineering phases, possibly inter-institutions. This service is an opportunity for disabled musicians, impaired and secluded populations, adapted to their needs and constraints. The activities are to:
a. Identify the technical solution for broadcasting (own stream or third party)
b. Prepare the performers base
c. Prepare the listeners base
d. Build the pilot channel
e. Plan the pilot venues
f. Do the pilot venues
g. Check the performers’ and audience’s satisfaction
h. Draw and budget the growth plan

Target group and social impact
The target population to benefit from the service is large and heterogeneous. Obstacles for attending a live performance can be mental, physical and social. Impaired populations and minorities include people who are: -Fragile -Disabled (physical impairment, chronic disorders, incontinence) -Elderly -Under medication -Sensitive to noise or crowd -Living in remote locations -Living in housing institutions (penitentiary, hospital, etc…) -With limited financial and/or sound engineering capabilities Access to sounds solves most activity limitations and participation restrictions issues, for the benefit of individuals and groups of people living in institutions. Access to sounds solves the problem of lack of quality control of and without the cost of

Competences of the applicant
Our Finnish University multicultural and mixed gender project team is composed of three students (Iiris; Susanna; Daria) and one lecturer (Emmanuel). We proceeded in spring 2014 with a live music performance towards disabled people at their housing institution. We have a varied amount of years of experience in event and project management, amateur music and web working (online education).

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Social Category
  • Health and Demographic Change
  • Social Inclusion, Human Rights and Equality

  • Tecnology Category
  • Audiovisual
  • Web/Internet

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    Idea Submitter

    Our team wishes to add that two of our members have worked and volunteered as assistants for disabled people and we have practical knowledge and experience in the matter.