Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Government appoints new disability champion for arts and culture sector

4:27, 23rd February 2018

The minister for disabled people, health and work has appointed a new champion for the arts and culture sector.

Andrew Miller will tackle the issues faced by disabled people within the industry, encouraging greater inclusivity. He has wide-ranging experience as an arts producer and programmer, and is a National Council member for both the Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales.

The minister for disabled people, health and work, Sarah Newton, said: ‘We know that disabled people are often under-represented in arts and culture, both as customers and as employees. By showing businesses the importance of making disabled customers a priority, our new arts and culture champion will help to ensure disabled people can enjoy activities that many others take for granted.’

Andrew Miller, arts and culture sector champion, said: ‘Attitudes to disability are being transformed across the cultural sector, but my appointment to this role signifies more needs to be done.

‘I am looking forward to working with the Minister, artists, cultural organisations, umbrella bodies, funders and HE institutions to address outstanding access issues, improve training, increase levels of employment and disabled leadership, and to ensure there is no place left for discrimination to hide in this sector.’

There are currently more than 13 million disabled people in the UK and the spending power of their households is almost £250bn. However, many arts and culture businesses lack fully accessible facilities, and so are missing out on this potential customer base.

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