Attitude is Everything has announced that it has been awarded £998,000 over four years from Arts Council England, including an uplift in funding of 20 per cent. This means that Attitude is Everything remain in the National Portfolio of Organisations – stabilising the organisation for the next four years and strengthening its position as the leading organisation for increasing access provision in live music.

With this application, it becomes one of the new “Sector Support Organisations”. This implies it offers support services to the live music events industry; a specific remit and output which enables it to create the conditions for best practice access, rather than producing or delivering art and culture. Arts Council investment will enable Attitude is Everything to further support the live music industry with guidance, resources, bespoke training and consultancy.

The uplift in funding is specific to creating an Artist Development programme for Deaf and disabled artists and promoters from April 2018 onwards.

Paul Taylor, chair of Attitude is Everything, said: “It is a great honour for us to be in the National Portfolio of Arts Council England-funded organisations once again.  The uplift in funding demonstrates just how much Arts Council England value us.  I am very proud of our achievement for the whole team.

“Arts Council England core investment means we can continue to grow, run the new Artist Development Programme, and go into 2018 with confidence and strength.  It will also enable us to have greater influence and raise our profile.

“On behalf of the board and staff team, I would like to thank the Arts Council England for their continued support.”

Suzanne Bull MBE, chief executive officer at Attitude is Everything, commented: “In these times of increasing competition for funding in arts and culture, I am delighted that the Arts Council England has recognised the importance of our influence in improving access to the live music over the past 17 years.  Their commitment ensures that we can further raise our profile; ensuring that we can support even more music venues, festivals and events to meet the requirements of disabled and Deaf people. I am also excited that we can now support disabled artists and promoters to develop under our new Development Programme.

“I look forward to sharing our new strategic plan in the future and supporting Arts Council England to deliver their vision of ‘great art and culture for everyone’.”