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As an award-winning global network of established artists, composers, music supervisors–and everything in between–with disabilities, RAMPD.org has been on a mission since launching in 2022 to amplify Disability Culture and promote inclusion in the music industry. RAMPD (Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities) announced on October 26th that Netflix will sponsor a RAMPD program to help in efforts to develop disabled composers, songwriters and Below-the-Line music creators. The event, held November 4th, comprised a roundtable and Q&A with Netflix music decision-makers from the world of series and trailers.

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Recent studies have shown that 1 in 2 musicians with disabilities encounter access barriers and about 60% have their access requirements ignored or not taken seriously. This is generally due to lack of industry awareness concerning disability needs, along with a skewed societal perception of musicians with disabilities. However, 70% of musicians with disabilities withhold details about a condition or impairment due to concerns it would damage a professional relationship, thus RAMPD’s mission is to fortify awareness and advocate equitable access, not only physically, but in regards to opportunity.

"RAMPD’s Professional membership comprises music creators who’ve traversed a not-so-inclusive industry to establish a professional career,” says Lachi, Founder/President of RAMPD. “Our initiative with Netflix addresses the need for more composers and songwriters with disabilities to make a sustainable living creating, while bridging the gap between disabled creators and the decision makers behind the trailer and ads music we hear everyday on Netflix.”

RAMPD, supported by great artists like Gaelynn Lea, Adrian Anantawan and Joey Stuckey, has since partnered or collaborated with prominent music and entertainment organizations, including Folk Alliance International, American Association of Independent Music, the National Independent Venue Association, and others to help bring awareness and accessibility through discussion and programming. RAMPD worked closely with the Recording Academy to bring accessibility to the 64th GRAMMY Awards ceremony. On April 3, 2022, the global awards show possessed a visible ramp to the stage, American Sign Language on the red carpet, and live caption and Audio description for home viewers.

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RAMPD’s programs like the one with Netflix are open to professional members. Learn more about RAMPD and how you can support or become a member at www.RAMPD.org