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Artist Climate Leadership Retreat - FAQ

Have a question about the 2024 Sound Country Artist Climate Leadership Retreat? Read our Frequently Asked Questions below.


The retreat will be located at Spring Bay Mill, a sustainable events venue on the east coast of lutruwita/Tasmania. Visit for more information.

We will ensure COVID-safe precautions and measures are taken throughout. 

Please factor in travel time when assessing your availability. Program fees do not cover travel (refer below), but you can seek a scholarship for travel expenses.


Monday, 16 September at 12pm  – Thursday, 19 September 2024 at 6pm (AEST). 

This retreat is designed to encourage everyone’s full attention and active participation. There will be free time each day for participants to enjoy the environment or to exercise. Time for work is limited and it’s recommended that people take the time off completely.

Selection criteria

If you have a demonstrated passion for our environment, climate, or sustainability, and are committed to step up your leadership for greater impact, then this program is for you!

Green Music Australia is committed to creating a diverse and thriving community of artists working for our environment and climate action. People from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities, people of colour, or from culturally and linguistically diverse communities are encouraged to apply. 

Registration fee

Registration fees contribute to the costs associated with running the Sound Country Artist Climate Leadership Retreat. This includes food and lodging for the workshops, as well as the cost of the course itself.  Green Music have secured philanthropic funding to cover the majority of costs, allowing the program fees to be heavily subsidised for all participants. We also have a number of scholarships to allocate, so please make sure to tick your preferred option when applying below.

  • Subsidised Ticket – $1,960 (incl GST)

Contribute to the retreat, travel not included 

  • Scholarship Ticket* – $0

I need help to cover the retreat cost, but can cover my own travel 

  • Sponsored Ticket* – $0

I want to come, and need help with the retreat and travel costs

  • Supported Ticket* – $0 + $400 payment

I would like to apply for a $400 support payment in addition to my sponsored ticket*

*Priority given to applicants who identify as First Nations.

How to apply

Register Your Interest Now


Applications close Monday, 10 June 2024 at Midnight (AEST).

If you struggle with working online, or are unable to upload a CV, don’t let that be a barrier to applying! Word document or hard copy application forms can be provided if required. We can also phone you to gather information.

We actively encourage a wide diversity of participants.

Applicants will be advised whether they are successful and will be expected to confirm acceptance of the program by the first week of July 2024.


Your facilitators 

    Tracee Hutchison

Green Music Australia Board Chair and an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, filmmaker, 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 on-air roles include ABC TV’s 7.30 Report, TripleJ & 3RRR, she is a former Saturday Age op/ed columnist, has extensive screen credits as a writer/producer/director and is the director of the smartphone short film, ‘Healing Country’. Ms Hutchison is the author of 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.

   Nidala Barker      

Nidala Barker is a Jabirr-Jabirr and Djugun singer-songwriter, public speaker, and custodianship educator. She is also the co-founder of an alternative education program which centres Indigenous practices and wisdoms in its curriculum and delivery method. Sitting at the intersection of climate justice, Indigenous practise and the music industry, Nidala's work focuses on mobilising people in service of Country and Culture. In 2021, she released a carbon-neutral EP titled ‘Colours of My People’ which led to the planting of over 70,000 native plants. Nidala serves on the boards of Green Music Australia and The Returning Indigenous Corporation.

    Tim Hollo

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 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.

   Berish Bilander

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 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.


For further information, come along to our upcoming webinar on May 7, 2024 at 12:30pm - 1:30pm (AEST)or get in touch with Bridget Heazlewood on [email protected]