We will create a collective of DJs with disabilities in the Ruhrgebiet and initiate a European network of DJs and musicians with special needs for future cultural and musical exchanges - we will remove prejudices against disability through the power of music and public appearances.
Vienna, Austria, Bochum, Germany
Our vision focuses on removing barriers and prejudices against disability through empowering a marginalised group of people with disabilities to have the same access as artists into the cultural mainstream in Europe as performers without disabilities. By making artists with disabilities more visible and by highlighting their musical talents we believe that attitudes towards disability will shift into a positive light and we will contribute to an inclusive Europe. We are certain that our courses are transferable to other European countries. We want to give individuals in other countries the skills to set up similar programmes. We envision a Europe where disability is not viewed as a reason for exclusion. Our vision supports the Europe 2020 strategy for fighting poverty and social exclusion.
We started in Austria with our “prototype” DJ course that has proven to be very successful. Now we would like to use this opportunity to share our knowledge with organisations in a transnational context. A milestone is the establishment of a DJ collective with disabilities in Germany who will run their own events, get booked at external events as well as the continuation of the DJ courses as a regular activity at the Lebenshilfe and other interested partner organisations. Through the mutual knowledge exchange we are convinced that we can improve the quality of our courses too, which we will offer to other organisations. We view this as the beginning of a European network of artists with disabilities who will cooperate together in future musical transnational projects throughout Europe.
We will start our already established DJ course in Vienna in September 2015. The trainer(s) from Bochum will be invited to Vienna in Sep/Oct to observe the beginning of our course. During this visit, our experienced trainers will help the trainer(s) from Bochum to plan their training programme and will provide a “crash course” (train the trainer). A trainer from Vienna will travel to Bochum prior to the start of the DJ course to support the trainer(s) with their course. The trainer from Vienna will visit the project in Bochum at agreed times throughout the course to monitor the progress whilst providing support through Skype when not locally present. At the end of both courses a DJ exchange is planned to perform at public events in each country. The project ends in November 2016.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
We are a small organisation with big plans. Our idea has received enormous positive feedback and so far we managed to create a big impact with hardly any funds through people who share our vision . We welcome any kind of support and input - contact us! Thanks.