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Gig Buddies Partner with Independent Venue Week To Offer Subsidised Tickets & a Gig Review Competition

We’re are really excited to be partnering with Gig Buddies for IVW16 – The work that Gig Buddies does helps those with learning disabilities feel much more involved in their communities simply by attending gigs and developing new friendships as a result.

Like us at CAN YOU CIC IT? the folks at Gig Buddies like to celebrate the diversity of the wonderful smaller-scale live music scene across the UK.

Stay Up Late are asking organisations interested in replicating Gig Buddies to support people with a learning disability to go out and review gigs during the week.

Review your gigs and win £40

And…the most creative review will win a £40 record voucher at your local independent music store. Or £40 to spend on tickets to gigs at a venue participating in Independent Venue Week!

Thanks to Arts Council funding, Gig Buddies will be subsidising tickets for adults with a learning disability to bring an accompanying person for support. Many venues may already offer this as it is general good practice for ensuring disability equality, but as this can be difficult for some independent venues. We would love everyone to take this opportunity to enable people to enjoy Independent Venue Week.

How it works:

Gig Buddies can refund a ticket for a helper / personal assistant / accompanying person of a disabled customer going to check out a gig during Independent Venue Week. They can refund up to the value of £12.

How to get your refund:

– Let Gig Buddies know the gig that you are planning to attend

– Email Madeline of Stay Up Late a copy or picture of your ticket or receipt – madeline@stayuplate.org

– Let Madeline know your bank details or the address to send a cheque to.

– Let Madeline know the name of the disabled customer, and organisation that you heard about Independent Venue Week through.

After the gig, the audience member with a learning disability should send Stay Up Late a review of the gig. This could be a bit of writing, a video, a recorded interview, a photo, or a picture. The most creative one will win the £40 voucher. Check out Stay Up Late’s guide to doing reviews here.

Send your reviews to Madeline! They will be judged by some of our gig buddies people. The winner will be announced in February next year.

Happy gigging!

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