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Green Music Australia is here to make it easy, providing tools, case studies, encouragement and hands-on support, partnering with others across the sector to make change happen.

About

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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?

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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 Board

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.

Carla O’Neale

Carla O’Neale

Board Member & Chair

Carla has worked at APRA AMCOS for over 17 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

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 and a Visiting Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. 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 recorded 7 albums and 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.

Blair Palese

Blair Palese

Board Member

Blair Palese is global climate editor for Climate&Capital Media and advisor and project manager to a range of climate change projects including the C40 Cities for Climate Action and the UNSW Climate Justice Project. In 2009, she co-founded 350.org Australia and was its CEO for 10 years. Previously, she was communications director for Greenpeace International and Greenpeace USA, head of international public relations for the Body Shop, editor-in-chief of Greenpages magazine, and worked at Washington Monthly and ABC in the US.

Nick Zeltzer

Nick Zeltzer

Board Member

Nick Zelzter is an investment manager at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), with over ten 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 several Sydney-based bands.

Susie Sugden

Susie Sugden

Board Member

Susie Sugden has worked in retail and business strategy for ten years as 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.

Asher Christophers

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.

Áine Tyrrell

Áine Tyrrell

Board Member

Áine Tyrrell is an Irish born singer-songwriter who has lived in Australia for a decade. Whether she is captaining her infamous 1966 Bedford Tour Bus or whether she is carving a unique musical path melding her Irish roots from the ancient limestone rocks of County 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) are woven through all her musical works.

Tara Medina

Tara Medina

Board Member

Tara Medina is the 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.

Dan Rennie

Dan Rennie

Board Member

Dan Rennie is the Station Manager and host of Sports Talk at 98.9fm radio in Brisbane, part of the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association. He is also an accomplished drummer and songwriter as well as a talented voice-over artist, and a regular panellist 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 ten years on radio, Dan has taken out the People’s Choice Award for Most Popular Radio Personality at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2008 and been nominated for several other awards.

Our Team

Berish Bilander

Berish Bilander

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.

Emma Bosworth

Emma Bosworth

Campaigner

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.

Tenaya King

Tenaya King

Admin 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 GMA with campaign management, communications and research.

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