Date lodged: 12 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to remove the (a) physical and (b) social barriers that disabled musicians face.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 27 March 2018
The primary aim of the Disability Action Plan, A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People , is to remove the barriers that stop disabled people from participating fully in their communities, and at national and international levels. Our goal is for all disabled people to have choice and control, dignity and freedom to live the life they choose, with the support they need to do so. The Plan may be accessed here:- http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/3778/0
Equalities, access and participation are critical to the music sector to ensure that opportunities to engage with quality music-making are available to as many people, and as many distinct groups, as possible. Paragon Ensemble, Drake Music Scotland, for example, are all supported through Creative Scotland and are critical in ensuring equal access for all.