Through a unique partnership between the VMA Congress, Live Nation, and Ticketmaster, Dylan Alcott OAM will open the 2019 VMA Congress.

The Venue Management Association (VMA), the number one venue industry network in the Asia and Pacific region, will bring together an impressive lineup for their 2019 Asia Pacific Venue Industry Congress.

With both an impressive sporting pedigree, being a three-time Paralympic gold medallist, seven-time grand slam winner and world number one ranked wheelchair tennis athlete, as well as being a leading disability advocate in Australia, Dylan is using his profile and personality to alter and change the way people with disabilities are perceived in the wider community. 

Alcott will open the event, talking about his ongoing mission for an all-inclusive society, the importance of live music and accessibility for all, and how the corporate world can better engage and support the 4.5 million people in Australia living with disabilities.

Through the organisation he founded - Get Skilled Access - he is changing the way organisations and governments look at disability by seeing the benefit and business opportunity by engaging 20% of Australia’s population who have a disability.

Not only will Dylan be presenting a keynote address on the opening night of the Congress he will also join the Venue Accessibility Workshop session, bringing industry professionals together to discuss the challenges the venue industry faces over more inclusive and accessible arrangements for patrons with disabilities.  

Dylan Alcott, said: “It’s my mission to help people understand disability by driving organisations to be more inclusive. With my greatest passions being sport and music, it’s a game changer to talk to the leaders of the venue and live industry.  If we can make live more accessible for all, then we can get more people into venues and the events they love which will contribute to overall success of the industry.”

VMA President, Steve Harper CVE, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Live Nation and Ticketmaster to bring such a high profile and passionate advocate in Dylan Alcott to the 2019 Congress. The challenge for the venue industry moving forward is to ensure that we are able to deliver the same great experience each and every time, to every patron that comes through our doors and gates.”

The annual Asia-Pacific Venue Industry Congress will be held from Sunday 26 May until Tuesday 28 May 2019 in Melbourne.

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