Franklin-based National Seating & Mobility, the leading provider of complex rehabilitation, mobility and accessibility solutions in the U.S. and Canada, is partnering with the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival to enhance the festival experience for attendees with mobility challenges and special needs.
NSM is the first official ADA sponsor of the event and is introducing the “National Seating & Mobility ADA Chill Spot,” an accessible air-conditioned tent that provides an exclusive area for attendees with disabilities and their companions.
The Pilgrimage Festival, celebrating its fifth year, will be held on Sept. 21-22 at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, where it will feature a diverse lineup of music performers.
As the official ADA sponsor of Pilgrimage, NSM is underwriting the ADA platforms around performance stages. The company will also introduce and staff the “National Seating & Mobility ADA Chill Spot,” an ADA-compliant and sensory-friendly air-conditioned tent for individuals with disabilities and their companions. Waves, a local organization serving adults and kids with developmental disabilities, will assist in staffing the tent.
“This is an opportunity in our own backyard to provide a service that will not only help this festival become more accessible but to also provide a welcoming environment allowing music lovers with special needs to rest up, recharge and fully enjoy the Pilgrimage experience,” said NSM CEO Bill Mixon.
NSM, which is headquartered in Cool Springs, will provide staffing along with Waves at the Chill Spot tent during the festival. The tent will include comfortable seating, a private changing area, refreshments and a recharging station. Brentwood-based Kirkland’s is providing the furniture and décor for the tent.
“Our festival has always been sensitive to the needs of the ADA community,” said Brandt Wood, Pilgrimage Festival co-founder. “Thanks to NSM, we are able to take this to a new level in 2019. Their support makes our festival even more attractive to the special needs community and we are grateful to have them on board.”
As part of its sponsorship, NSM will have signage on the ADA platforms and the tent. The company will also receive exposure through the festival website, the official festival app and through social channels.
To access the platforms and Chill Spot tent, qualified festivalgoers will need to check in at the Access Center at the main info booth. The Access Center will be staffed by Ten Fifty Entertainment, a consulting company that works with events like Pilgrimage to ensure ADA compliance.
Waves is a Franklin-based nonprofit that has served individuals with disabilities in Williamson County for almost 50 years.
“There are hundreds of children and adults in Williamson County who want to be a part of the community, but the accessibility just isn’t there,” said Waves Executive Director Lance Jordan. “We are thankful for the support of Pilgrimage in their efforts to create a more nurturing and accessible environment for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers.”
The Pilgrimage Festival lineup includes Foo Fighters, The Killers, Keith Urban, Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and the Heart, +LIVE+, Jenny Lewis, Lauren Daigle and more. For more information on the festival and accessibility, visit www.pilgrimagefestival.com.