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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 2020 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.

Tracee Hutchison

Tracee Hutchison

Board Member & Chair

Tracee is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, Executive Producer, Arts/Media Executive and author with over 30 years of experience at the highest level in Australian and international radio, TV, online, and print. Her high-profile roles include ABC TV’s 7.30 Report, TripleJ & 3RRR radio broadcaster, Saturday Age op/ed columnist, and writer/producer/director of multiple ABC and SBS programs. Ms Hutchison has released three books, including the Australian Music Anthology 'Your Name's on the Door', and is passionate about making environmental justice and social equity a reality.

Jen Rowe

Jen Rowe

Board Member & Treasurer

Jen Rowe is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at The Wilderness Society, with over twenty years of experience in accounting and finance. She has spent fourteen years in the music industry, and among other roles has worked for the charity Support Act, as a consultant to Sony Music and at Digital Music Distribution. Jen has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Management and is passionate about GMA’s work at the cross-section of music and environmental sustainability.

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.

Bella Wiggs

Bella Wiggs

Board Member

Bella Wiggs is passionate about the power of music and its potential as an agent for change in the context of the climate crisis. A highly regarded climate executive, Bella has worked across media, finance, and extensively in political advocacy and philanthropy. Her previous roles have included Strategy and Engagement Officer at Groundswell Giving, Engagement Strategist at Environmental Leadership Australia, and Strategy and Operations Director at Coalition for Conservation. She is currently Co-Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s New Gen Network, Nexus Australia Committee Member and Director of the Wiggs Foundation.

Nidala Barker

Nidala Barker

Board Member

NIDALA is a singer-songwriter, activist and outdoor educator. Born of the Aboriginal Djugun people of the Kimberley, her music is an anthem for open hearts and raised fists. Driven by her relentless hope in humanity, her work dedicates itself to creating reconciliation; of ourselves with our emotions, of our bodies with our natural environments, and of Indigenous wisdom with innovative ideas. NIDALA invites us to think of our place in the world, welcoming our innate belonging to the Environment and stepping bravely into our responsibility to protect it.

Mandi McIntyre

Mandi McIntyre

Board Member

Mandi McIntyre is an arts and cultural industries professional with two decades of experience leading programs and creative teams in Queensland, Tasmania, the UK and South Africa. She is currently the Program Director – Key Events with QMusic, producers of BIGSOUND and the Queensland Music Awards.

Mandi is inspired by the profound impact that music can have on issues of environmental and social justice and the generations of artists who have used their platforms to create change.

Jessica Panegyres

Jessica Panegyres

Board Member

Jess is an award-winning environmentalist, musician and proud Western Australian. She was a co-architect of the Queensland Land Restoration Fund and is currently the Head of Clean Energy Transition at Greenpeace Australia Pacific. A Rhodes Scholar, Jess’ extensive work with organisations such as Greenpeace and The Wilderness Society has seen her address the UN World Heritage Committee and appear on The Project (Network 10), ABC TV, Radio National, SBS, Al Jazeera and the BBC. Jess was an Americana Music Prize of Australia finalist and is passionate about harnessing the cultural power of music for climate action.

Stu Watters

Stu Watters

Board member

Stu Watters joins the board with over 30 years in the music industry, bringing together a diverse collection of experiences. Currently the Executive General Manager of the ALMBC (Australian Live Music Business Council), Stuart’s previous positions include the CEO of AIR, running QMusic, serving on the WIN Board, and managing Licensing, Business and Public Affairs for Nightlife.

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. He is fellow of the prestigious Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Program and the Change Agency’s Community Organising Fellowship.

Emma Bosworth

Emma Bosworth

National Project Manager

Emma is an accomplished Brisbane singer-songwriter and Music Project Manager. An integral team member for Green Music Australia, Emma works closely with a core group of musicians and music industry to bring awareness to the environmental impact of our industry and the destruction of our climate. At GMA Emma is currently working on the Green Action Program supported by the Australia Council of the Arts and Yarra City Council- an 11-week pilot launched in Melbourne in February 2022 which includes participants Music Victoria, Corner Hotel Group, Unified Music Group and more. She’s also developed Amidesi in partnership with iSystain- an Australian music industry wide tool to track its environmental and social impact. Emma is also the founder of songwriter’s retreat, Wild Mountains Songs, a project that reconnects established mid-career artists to nature to create new works. The project supports high calibre songwriters to find a sense of renewal and new-found purpose around their art form, while providing the writers with deep new connections with their peers.

 

Georgia Cooke

Georgia Cooke

Communication and Engagement

Georgia is a lifelong music fan who is passionate about the environment. She currently sits on the board for renewable energy charity CORENA (Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia) and is the Communications Manager at Environmental Music Prize.

Previously, Georgia was the Publicist and Project Manager at Remote Control Records working on media campaigns for local and international artists including The xx, Adele, and Courtney Barnett. She has also worked in media, communications and fundraising for Parks Victoria and RSPCA Victoria.

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