Resources

Info Sheets

The biggest challenge for most of us - not only musicians - in caring for the environment is working out where to begin and what to do! In these info sheets, you'll find answers to a lot of your questions. These are a work in progress, so feedback and questions are welcome!
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Artists Against Adani

Want to help stop a climate catastrophe?
Here’s some quick pointers…

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Green musician’s mini guide

Looking for the basics of what to look out for as a musician who wants to reduce your environmental footprint? Here is our first step mini guide to give you the basics about touring, producing records and merch, and influencing others.

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Artists: avoiding emissions

This info sheet provides guidance on how to avoid environmental impact in the first place as a performing artist.

This guide is an updated version of a document produced by Mat Morris for Sound Emissions.

Info Sheet Artists Reducing Emissions

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Artists: reducing emissions

Have you looked at how to avoid environmental impacts in the first place as a performing artist? The next step is to reduce those you can’t avoid. Read this to find out how.

This guide is an updated version of a document produced by Mat Morris for Sound Emissions.

Info Sheet Artists Reducing Emissions

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Artists: offsetting emissions

Have you had a good look at avoiding your environmental impact in the first place, and then reducing what you can’t avoid? If so, it’s a good time to think carefully about offsets. Offsets are not the answer, but they can be a useful part of the long process of going green.

This guide is an updated version of a document produced by Mat Morris for Sound Emissions.

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Venues: avoiding emissions

This info sheet provides guidance on how to avoid environmental impact in the first place as a venue.

This guide is an updated version of a document produced by Mat Morris for Sound Emissions.

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Venues: reducing emissions

Have you looked at how to avoid environmental impacts in the first place as a venue? The next step is to reduce those you can’t avoid. Read this to find out how.

This guide is an updated version of a document produced by Mat Morris for Sound Emissions.

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Venues: offsetting emissions

Have you had a good look at avoiding your environmental impact in the first place, and then reducing what you can’t avoid? If so, it’s a good time to think carefully about offsets. Offsets are not the answer, but they can be a useful part of the long process of going green.

This guide is an updated version of a document produced by Mat Morris for Sound Emissions.

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Festivals: avoiding emissions

This info sheet provides guidance on how to avoid environmental impact in the first place as a festival.

This guide is an updated version of a document produced by Mat Morris for Sound Emissions.

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Info Sheet

Festivals: reducing emissions

Have you looked at how to avoid environmental impacts in the first place as a festival? The next step is to reduce those you can’t avoid. Read this to find out how.

This guide is an updated version of a document produced by Mat Morris for Sound Emissions.

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Info Sheet

Festivals: offsetting emissions

Have you had a good look at avoiding your environmental impact in the first place, and then reducing what you can’t avoid? If so, it’s a good time to think carefully about offsets. Offsets are not the answer, but they can be a useful part of the long process of going green.

This guide is an updated version of a document produced by Mat Morris for Sound Emissions.

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Resources

Case Studies

It is so inspiring to see how many musicians, venues and festivals are already doing amazing things to actively contribute to a healthy environment. In showcasing their leadership, we hope others will follow and the ideas will spread far and wide.
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Beautiful reusable bottles as band merch

Ash Grunwald is one of several artists not only embracing reusable bottles for themselves, but making them part of their merchandise, encouraging their fans to use them too!

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Ash Grunwald bottle
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Container deposit recycling at Splendour in the Grass

In 2010, Splendour in the Grass took its environmental practices to a whole new level by running a deposit recycling scheme. Their great success is now a model for other big festivals to follow.

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Splendour recycling queue, photo courtesy Mat Morris
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Plastic Water Bottle free at Caloundra Music Festival

In 2013, Caloundra Music Festival set out to be the first festival in Australia to eliminate disposable bottled water. They’ve stopped an estimated 60,000 bottles from being sold and thrown out, and built a fabulous example for others to follow!

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Caloundra Music Festival gets the word out
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Online Resources

Around Australia and the world, artists are working in all sorts of wonderful ways to create a world more in harmony with the environment. We encourage you to explore what others are doing, be inspired, and get involved.
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Reflections of a Greenie-in-residence

Musician and environmentalist, Matt Wicking, spent time with a series of arts organisations as a “Greenie-in-Residence”, helping them inform their decisions with environmental consciousness. He has written about his experiences and what he learned in this excellent booklet.

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Green Events Book

Written by a leader in the field, Australian Meegan Jones, this book is a practical, step-by-step guide taking readers through the key aspects of how to identify, evaluate and manage event sustainability issues and impacts – for events of any style and scale, anywhere in the world. Read about it and buy it here.

Green Event Book
Green Event Book

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Carbon Arts

Carbon Arts generates and evaluates  creative models for engaging society in imagining and shaping a more sustainable future. Straddling the arts, economics, science, and technology, our projects foster  innovation and dialogue between disciplines and the public as a means to address  contemporary environmental challenges. We do this through targeted and timely public art commissions, events, workshops, exhibitions and research.

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CLIMARTE

CLIMARTE harnesses the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.

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Julie’s Bicycle

Julie’s Bicycle is the leading global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries.

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Live Performance Australia’s Greener Live Performance

Live Performance Australia (LPA) is the peak body for the Live Performance industry. Founded in 1917, the organisation has been servicing the needs of the industry for almost 100 years. The Greener Live Performance is a project run by LPA.

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Green Music Group (USA)

Green Music Group is a coalition created by the non-profit organisation Reverb. Leading by example, GMG facilitates large-scale greening of the music community and magnifies the work of national nonprofits all while building a vibrant community committed to environmental action.

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Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts

The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts is a Think Tank for Sustainability in the Arts and Culture.

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Accounting Tool

Monitoring, calculating and measuring your environmental impact is hugely important if you want to make a big difference and really get to the heart of your environmental impact.

Industry Green Tool

There are huge benefits in monitoring, calculating and measuring your environmental impact. That’s why Green Music Australia is working with Live Performance Australia and the UK green arts organisation, Julie’s Bicycle, to encourage people to use the Industry Green tool.

https://lpa.ig-tools.com/signup

Over time, we will work to integrate the tool into the way we work, threading it through our website and our campaigns, showing people how it works and why it’s a great thing to do.

Before we do that, though, we need to build momentum and drive. As we get more and more musicians, festivals and venues involved in our campaigns, we will consult widely to work out the best way of making these accounting tools work, so that they can have the biggest possible impact and be as helpful as possible.