Epilepsy Awareness in Music

In the live music scene, one of the factors that often gets overlooked is the effect of lighting on show-goers. For people with light-sensitive disorders (whether it be epilepsy or something else) attending a show with intense flashing lights like strobes is extremely dangerous. The goal of LEAD DIY (Lighting and Epilepsy Awareness Development in DIY)  is to bring light (ha) to the fact that this is an issue.

The overall goal of LEAD is awareness, but on a more practical level, we want to have the music community hang signs (like the ones at melttmagazine.com/caution-flyers) to make people aware of what “level” of lights are being used at that show. Even if there aren’t any lights at all, hanging a “safe” sign might make show-goers more conscious of the issue!

Our next project is sending laminated packets of these signs to artists or venues who want them, at no cost. We highly encourage people to print out these flyers from our website, but sending laminated copies would keep the project more sustainable. Not only would they be easy to have on hand for a band that might want to take the signs on tour, or a house that doesn’t have regular access to a printer, but they also wouldn’t get ruined when they inevitably get PBR spilled on them!! (And eco-friendly!)

Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever had to pay to have something laminated, but it is an expensive service to say the least. In order to get our “first pressing” of 50 packets underway, the minimum cost would be $835.29. This includes printing 450 color flyers (150 of each type), laminating 300 of them (the rest will stay loose-leaf as free handouts at shows), and purchasing envelopes. This go-around, each packet will contain 6 total laminated signs (2 of each type).  The rest of the money I’m requesting (the other $164.71) will go towards shipping when necessary, potentially printing more loose-leaf flyers, and any other unexpected cost.

If you are an actual angel and know someone who would be willing to throw some flyers in a lamination machine for discounted rate, feel free to send us an email.  If we didn’t have to pay for printing or lamination, we’d be able to send out over 200 packets with the same amount of money.

To apply for the first pressing of LEAD DIY signs, fill out the form at the melttmagazine.com/apply. There will also be packets and more LEAD merch available for purchase soon!

If you can donate, please do. If you can't, please share! Hanging signs is such an easy, manageable, and responsible step to keeping people safe at any show.

Thanks in advance, 

For more info, seizure first aid, epilepsy FAQ, and PDF and JPG versions of the flyers, please visit melttmagazine.com/leaddiy. Feel free to email [email redacted] with any further questions.


Ellie Hart
Allendale, NJ

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