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Green Music Australia is here to make sustainability achievable, providing tools, case studies,  encouragement and hands-on support, partnering with sectors across the industry to make change happen.

 

                        

 

 

Our role is to organise, facilitate and inspire musicians and the broader industry to make changes to improve our environmental performance, from energy use to packaging and waste to transport. Through leading by example and bringing our audiences along with us, we can create deep, cultural change.

A central focus of our activities is to stand in solidarity with First Nations people, who have been protecting this land for tens of thousands of years and have the knowledge and culture to guide us back home. Our campaigns for environmental change cannot be successful without honouring and normalising First Nations leadership, and centralising and amplifying their voices.

What if the music industry went green?

What if every festival and venue in Australia banned single-use plastics and supported the reusable revolution, producing little to no landfill waste?

What if every artist could tour carbon neutrally and offset their impact on the planet?

What if artists fostered the creation of a new normal, which placed First Peoples First and sought to centre Climate Justice?

What if the industry’s stages, events, studios and transportation had a positive impact on the planet?

What if musicians became the cultural voice for inclusive environmental change, using their sphere of influence to lead audiences and governments into a greener world?

 

 

                       

 

 


Green Music Australia is here to make that vision a reality.

Our members and supporters come from a broad cross-section of society: musicians; artist managers, agents and promoters; environmental consultants; venue and festival managers; and those who love both music and the environment.

Read our 2019 annual report here, or see all past annual reports.


 

OUR TEAM

We are lucky to have board members who are deeply committed to Green Music Australia. We also have a small and growing group of people working to deliver our projects.

 

Board of Directors

Carla O'Neale

Board Member & Chair

Carla has worked at APRA AMCOS for over 15 years and has experience in health and safety, human resources and administration. Prior to working at APRA AMCOS Carla worked for local government in waste education and waste management (she even worked at the local tip and garbage depot!).  Carla has a longstanding interest in environmental issues and thinks that we’d all be much better off if we each took a little more time to consider the social, ethical and environmental implications of the individual and corporate decisions we make.

Tim Hollo

Board Member & Founder

Tim Hollo is a musician and environmentalist who co-founded Green Music Australia in 2013. He is Executive Director of The Green Institute. Previously, he was Communications Director for Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne, sat 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.

Asher Christophers

Board Member & Co-Founder

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.

Blair Palese

Board Member 

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.

Susie Sugden

Board Member

Having worked in retail and business strategy for 10 years, Susie is Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Temple & Webster, Australia's leading online retailer of furniture and homewares.  Previously she founded several successful eCommerce businesses in Indonesia, and worked as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. She has volunteered with NGOs including the Melbourne Writers Festival and Room to Read. In her spare time she volunteers as a lifesaver in Sydney, and is learning to pickle.

 

Dan Rennie

Board Member

Dan Rennie is the Station Manager and host of Sports Talk at 98.9fm radio in Brisbane. He is also an accomplished drummer and songwriter as well as a talented voice over artist, and a regular panelist on Channel 9’s Today Show. Dan’s passion has always been in supporting and nurturing emerging talent in Australia, particularly in his hometown of Brisbane & with a keen focus on Indigenous performers. During his 10 years on radio, Dan has taken out the Peoples Choice Award for Most Popular Radio Personality at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2008 and been nominated for several other awards.

He is a regular at some of Australia’s premier annual music festivals including: Gympie Music Muster, Blues & Roots & Dreaming Festivals as a highly sought after MC as well as broadcasting live from the events. Dan has interviewed some of music’s biggest international names, including Glenn Frey, Jewel, Rodriguez, Brooks & Dunn, Dixie Chicks, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Steve Earle, Ryan Bingham and Dierks Bentley as well as interviewing some of Australia’s best talent; Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Shane Howard, Kev Carmody & Kasey Chambers have all been guests on his radio show.

Nick Zeltzer

Board Member

Nick is an investment manager at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), with over 10 years experience in the financial and energy sectors in Australia and the US. He leads ARENA's work on electric vehicles and A-Lab, which supports innovation in the renewable energy industry. His favourite roles to date though have been volunteering as a guitar teacher at Mission Australia and as a guitarist in a number of Sydney-based bands. Nick is passionate about cleantech, sustainability and music - so is thrilled to join the GMA team.   

Tara Medina

Board Member

Co-founder and producer of Strawberry Fields Festival – a three-day adventure in music and art with a wild Australian bush setting, taking place on the banks of the iconic Murray River. A law graduate and former management consultant, her passions are focused not only on the creative side of event production, but on continuing to push the boundaries of festivals as a platform for positive cultural and environmental change.

 

 

Áine Tyrrell

Board Member

Having lived in Australia for a decade, Irish born singer-songwriter Áine Tyrrell rewrites what is imaginable every step of the way. Whether she is captaining her infamous 1966 Bedford Tour Bus or whether she is carving a unique musical path melding her own Irish roots from the ancient limestone rocks of Country Clare with her respect of the red dirt roads of 60,000 years of Indigenous culture in Australia, she is doing it all to her very own beat.

Her hopeful messages and “anthems for humanity” (HHhappy Magazine) woven through all her musical works to date have not gone unnoticed by critics worldwide and nor has her on the groundwork for humanity either. Whether Áine is lending her voice or songs for Women’s Right issues, Indigenous Rights issues, working with school curriculum leaders to help re-write the narratives of colonisation, or on climate action; this mother-of-three-singer-songwriter-vegetarian-nature-loving-surfer walks the talk.

 

 


GMA Staff

 

Emma Bosworth

Co-CEO

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

Co-CEO

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.

Tenaya King

Administration Assistant

Tenaya is a student at the Australian National University in Canberra, studying a Bachelor of Environment & Sustainability and a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics. She is passionate about the outdoors, music, photography, and action on the climate crisis. Tenaya has been actively involved in environmental campaigning since aged 14, and assists the co-CEOs in campaign management, communications and research.

 

 


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