Emma is a songwriter with a great passion for conserving our climate and natural environment. She has been a professional in the music industry and environmental movement for fifteen years. Emma believes anything can be achieved if it’s for the greater good of our people and planet, and understands that art, particularly music, has a large role to play in social change.
Berish Bilander is a composer, musician, and activist dedicated to climate and social justice. He has co-written and toured with a range of artists including Vika and Linda Bull, Jaimi Faulkner, and new music ensemble Motion. As an activist, Berish has worked with local climate action groups to support state and national campaigns run through Friends of the Earth, and in 2013 helped found Public Transport Not Traffic—a coalition of over 40 transport groups that successfully fought back a major toll development in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. Berish now heads up Green Music Australia’s zero waste campaign, working with musicians, venues, festivals, and fans, to eliminate disposable plastics in the music scene.
Blair Palese is the CEO of 350.org in Australia – working to build a movement to stop new fossil fuels and rapidly reduce greenhouse emissions. Blair has worked in senior management roles for Greenpeace International, The Body Shop internationally, and as a consultant to a range of organisations and government projects including the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, the Make Poverty History campaign, ACF, The Climate Group, Planet Ark, The Climate Institute, The Green Building Council of Australia, Climate Friendly and more.
Former Board Member
Mary Jo Capps
Mary Jo Capps has worked in the Australian cultural industry for more than 30 years. She has held senior arts administrative positions across Australia, with a strong focus on music performance, strategic planning, fundraising, international touring, board development and emerging talent.
She joined Musica Viva in 1999 to help broaden the access to and understanding of fine music throughout Australia, supported by strong community partnerships.
"As a director of numerous business and not for profit boards, I am particularly honoured to have been included in the inaugural Board of Green Music Australia. I believe the mission of GMA is vital to the future of Australia, and using musicians as leaders in the climate change debate is inspired – and inspiring!"
Artist Outreach Manager
Nick has worked for over 35 years in the music industry as a performer, publicist, promoter, tour manager, music video producer and director, documentary maker, and much more. In 2012, she produced Rock the Gate – Murwillumbah. 4000 people attended; Pete Murray, Blue King Brown and many others performed in a 10-hour concert; over 30 million viewers viewers on the Al Jazeera network tuned in; and there was much national media coverage and interest. She followed that up with several other events across the region featuring artists including Ash Grunwald, Xavier Rudd, Diana Anaid, Reg Mombassa, Gomeroi Elders and many more, culminating in the Battle for Bentley Concert 2014 and Rock the Gate Sydney in 2015.
We are very excited to have Nick on board managing our outreach to artists.
Katie Noonan’s technical mastery and pure voice makes her one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists. A mother, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, Katie has won 4 ARIA Awards and been voted among Australia’s top 20 singers of all time.
Board Chair and CEO
Tim Hollo is a musician and environmentalist who co-founded Green Music Australia in 2013.
He was Communications Director for Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne, sits on the board of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and has also worked for 350.org and others. With FourPlay String Quartet, he has performed at venues and festivals across Australia and around the world, from Woodford Folk Festival to the Edinburgh Fringe, and from rural pubs to New York’s Carnegie Hall.
"Green Music Australia brings together my two passions, but it also comes from a deep belief based on long study that music can and must play a vital role in tackling social problems – of which climate change is the biggest. We musicians have a responsibility and a powerful role to play. Let’s play it!"
Former Board Member
Anna Rose is the National Manager for Earth Hour with WWF-Australia and the Australian Geographic Society’s Conservationist of the Year 2015. She previously founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and was recently a finalist in the ACT Australian of the Year awards. She is author of the book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic (MUP, 2012).
"Green Music Australia is a powerful idea: harness the cultural capital of the music industry to change hearts and minds, inspiring people to support action to tackle global warming. At the same time, give artists and music lovers the chance to exercise leadership in reducing their own carbon pollution. Go GMA!"
Former Board Member
Mat is an environmental scientist who has worked in the environmental sector for the past 20 years. Over the last decade Mat has focussed on greening the Australian music industry, establishing Sound Emissions and building the North Byron Parklands as an environmental leader in festival sites.
"Climate change and the continuing impact on the environment caused by each and every one of us is totally unsustainable. I believe there is one medium with the power to effect change and that is the power of music. Tune in, turn up and switch on…"
Patrick has 20 years financial/accounting experience. He is the CFO for MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and its associated entities. Prior to joining MONA Patrick worked in the public sector in three jurisdictions as an auditor and senior policy analyst. He also has private sector experience working as a management accountant for an international training company and then Financial Controller for a publicly listed company. Patrick is a CPA and holds a B.Com
"GMA is focused on making practical and real changes specific to one industry. But the music industry uniquely engages with all of us, so GMA also has the potential to influence all sections of our community. It is a combination of these two reasons why I joined GMA."
Mahalath is an environmental architect who has held a number of major roles including Chair of the Australian Solar Energy Society, Vice President of the International Solar Energy Society, Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Chapter, Country Division, and President of the Armidale and District Chamber of Commerce.
"As an environmental architect (who also plays piano and cello), I’ve embraced an holistic approach as it brings together the arts and the sciences. Making music can, and should, do the same, and has the power to influence people to make positive change in these environmentally challenging times For me, GMA offers the perfect avenue to influence and pursue those changes."
Asher is an “ecopreneur” working with the music industry and various other sectors to strengthen sustainability through LED lighting and eco printing solutions. After a successful few years switching the music industry from plastic to cardboard CD packaging, Asher is currently focused on improving the environmental profile of lighting. As a co-founder and board member of Green Music Australia, Asher works part time on outreach and events.
"Given the visibility and reach of the music industry and its ability to engage audiences in a way other endeavours can't, its perfectly positioned to set an example and start conversations. I'm excited to be a co-founding member of Green Music Australia."