Valerie Maybaum


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The purpose of this paper is to examine the lack of disability inclusion within the United States music industry. In 2022, there has been an uptick in disability awareness and inclusion within the US music industry; however, it is lagging behind what other countries and industries are doing in this space. We examine the current state of disability inclusion along with what companies that are associated with the US music industry can do to improve. The research is focused on the three pillars of Awareness, Attitude, and Accessibility; referred to as the “Three A’s.” While there are a number of other factors that might also be considered pillars in disability inclusion, these three will be looked at in-depth to determine how awareness can be raised, attitudes can be changed, and accessibility can be prioritized in order to have a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive industry. Through a series of interviews and review of existing literature, along with survey data, the research will help further identify what the US music industry can do to progress and become a more diverse and inclusive industry for both those working in the industry and consumers.

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Valencia (Spain) Campus


Diversity; Equity; Disability Inclusion; Mental and Physical Disabilities; Disability Awareness; Accessibility; Music

Disability Inclusion: A Look Into Where the Music Industry Currently Stands and Where It Can Improve