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The Future of Live Events: Coachella’s Inclusive Accessible Plus Program

Welcome to the future of live events where the beats are sick, the vibes inclusive, and everyone’s invited to the party! Coachella isn’t just setting trends with its killer lineups and Insta-worthy art installations—it’s also breaking new ground with its Accessible Plus (A+) Program. This isn’t your average initiative – it’s a game-changing way to welcome BIPOC individuals with disabilities into the heart of festival culture!

What’s the buzz about? The Accessible Plus program is your golden ticket to one of the dopest music festivals on the planet! But it’s not all about watching mind-blowing performances; it’s about creating a vibrant space where diversity flourishes and everyone gets to sparkle. You get to experience the Coachella Music Festival, connect with others, and explore exciting career opportunities in the live event industry. It’s breaking ground as the first program of its kind, guided by remarkable folx from the disabled BIPOC community with a mission to celebrate the unique intersectionality of BIPOC people with disabilities by giving them an unforgettable festival experience.

Why does this matter? BIPOC professionals need more programs like this. It provides them with a platform to feel truly visible and gain invaluable career insights and job shadowing opportunities in the live events industry. This is exactly what Goldenvoice and Coachella are passionately advocating for through Accessible Plus. By amplifying the voices of BIPOC communities with disabilities, Coachella is not only hosting a dope festival but also igniting a powerful and transformative movement!

The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Coachella’s Accessible Plus Program

The Accessible Plus program at Coachella is a revolution! Let’s check out what makes this program awesome:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Kick off your Coachella adventure with an exclusive look at what it takes to set up one of the world’s most iconic festivals.
  • Job Shadowing: Each day, participants partner with different mentors, absorbing knowledge like a backstage sponge.
  • Panels & Discussions: Engage in thought-provoking talks on topics like ‘The Future of Festival Accessibility’ and ‘Industry Intersections: Artists as Music Professionals’.
  • Empowerment: The program seeks participants who crave career elevation. It’s all about equipping capable professionals with tools for growth.
  • Pathfinders Program: The NAMED Advocates lead this charge by authoring initiatives like the Pathfinders Program, where mentorship means challenging stereotypes and unlocking potential.

As you can see, the Accessible+ program doesn’t just add subtitles to a performance; it amplifies the voices of the BIPOC-disabled community, providing opportunity.

Cameryn, a dark-skinned woman participating in the Accessible+ program, is standing with her hands on her hips in a grassy field at Coachella. She has long black and purple locs, is wearing black shades, a black top with a circle cutout on the bottom, an intricate belt, a black zip skirt, a black sheer long skirt, and black boots with silver necklaces. The sun is bright, casting a hard shadow of her onto the ground.
Cameryn, an A+ participant, posing on the grounds of Coachella.

Behind the Scenes: A Day in the Life of an A+ Participant

Imagine waking up to the sunny skies of Indio, California, with the excitement of Coachella calling out to you. For participants in the Accessible Plus program, this isn’t just a dream; it’s a special pass that takes them behind the scenes for an incredible experience that challenges stereotypes and shows what people with disabilities can do in the live events industry.

  • Morning Meet-ups: Start your day by meeting with your mentors to discuss your goals for the day.
  • Exclusive Tours: Before the festival gets crowded, enjoy a private tour of the Coachella grounds. You’ll see how everything comes together to create this massive event.
  • Empowerment Through Shadowing: From 3 pm to 5 pm, get hands-on experience by shadowing professionals in different roles. Each day, you’ll be paired with a new mentor who will teach you about things like managing stages or working with sound equipment.
  • Evening Panels: As night falls, participate in exciting discussions on topics like ‘The Future of Festival Accessibility’ or ‘Industry Intersections’ at panels. Share your thoughts and help shape what happens next.

The Accessible Plus program transforms participants from passive audience members to active insiders.

What Our Participants Have to Say About A+

“Honestly, the whole experience was overwhelmingly positive; the staff and other participants in the program were some of the most welcoming and empathetic people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Sabeerah, Keri, Ashley, Sam, the interpreters, and the rest of the staff were all amazing people who constantly checked that we were taken care of while ensuring we all had a good time! I can’t say enough good things about this program; it truly was a once in a lifetime experience. On top of all of that, this program allowed me access to the Artist Lounge, where I met one of my greatest inspirations and idols in music.”

Saahil Rai

“The Accessible+ program was absolutely life-changing. As an artist, I learned the intricate part of preparing a production of this magnitude- from coordinating artist access to stage props to sound. It gave me a new appreciation for the magic that occurs in a 30-minute set. Also, the branding strategies used to bring in sponsorships and people to the show. My highlight was my mentors – they were so gracious and openly shared their life experiences that brought them to their respective fields. The insight was invaluable. So thankful.”

Marsha Elle

Joining the Accessible Plus Program

Are you excited so far? If you’ve been dreaming about experiencing Coachella while advocating inclusivity, the Accessible+ Pathfinder Program is the way to go. Ready to rock this opportunity? Here’s your step-by-step guide to get you in tune with the application process and on your way to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Age Matters: Must be 18+!
  • Passion & Community: We are looking for folx who are dedicated to their communities and are seeking professional development in the live entertainment industry.
  • Disability Inclusion: Self-identify as a BIPOC individual with a disability—this program celebrates YOU! Accommodations are provided upon request!

FAQs About the Accessible+ Pathfinder Program at Coachella

Why should I participate?

Along with VIP access to the Coachella Music Festival, you’ll be front and center for amazing live performances, and you’ll have the chance to job shadow, connect with awesome people, make new friends, and create unforgettable memories.

What’s the time commitment for the program?

Soak up the sun at Coachella for one epic weekend, with some pre-festival orientation calls thrown in for good measure. You’ve got two weekends to choose from. Plan to arrive the Thursday before Coachella and make your grand exit on Monday.

Any Financial Commitment?

It’s completely free for accepted participants; however, you will be responsible for your travel to and from the desert, supplies, food, camping gear, and off-venue lodging. There will be a space to camp, free of charge.

Will I get VIP access?

Absolutely! Rub elbows with VIPs and immerse yourself in all things Coachella.

Do I have to sleep in a tent?

Yes, if camping is your jam; otherwise, book an off-site spot.

Will we have access to showers and bathrooms at the campground? And are the accessible?

You bet—the showers and restrooms are all set up for accessibility! They are separate male, female, and all-gender and are ADA accessible.

Will there be a general store on-site?

Yep! There is a general store located on the campground.

With programs like Accessible+ taking center stage, every beat brings us closer to a world where live events are not just inclusive, but a total blast for everyone!

Let’s turn up the volume on diversity and make every event a party for all!

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