This guide has been produced by Green Music Australia. It’s one example of the many ways we support, organise and inspire musicians and the broader industry to improve environmental performance - from events, energy use, tours and transport, to merchandise, packaging and waste. Leading by example and bringing our audiences along with us, we believe the music sector can create deep, cultural change.
Let us support you. Our job is to support musicians to go green and to help you to find ways to share about it. From our point of view, one of the best things you could do would be to reach out to us and join the movement of musicians across this wonderful continent who are greening their practice and standing up for a healthy and safe future.
There are so many ways musicians can get involved:
- Join a campaign to add your voice to the calls for change
- Be a sounding board to help us align our work with what musicians need
- Donate to us or raise money with a tour or performance
- Take action: whether greening your merch, making an onstage protest or any of the other ideas in this guide
- Help us reach out to other artists - your peers
- Refer us to your team so we can reach more parts of the industry
- Become a GMA board member to increase your influence
In short, this organisation exists to support you. Let’s chat: [email protected]
This guide has been written by Rhoda Roberts AO, Matt Wicking, and Green Music Australia.
Rhoda Roberts AO is a significant force on the Australian arts scene. A member of the Bundjalung nation, Widjabul clan of Northern NSW and South East QLD, Rhoda is Festival Director of the Boomerang Festival / Bluesfest, Creative Director of the Parrtjima Festival ( NT) and an Associate of Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) and until recently headed First Nations Programming for the Sydney Opera House. A much awarded arts executive, Rhoda received an AO for distinguished service to the performing arts, leadership, advocacy and promoting contemporary Indigenous culture. In 2019, she was recognised with a Ros Bower Award from the Australia Council; in 2018, she received the Helpman Award – The Sue Nattrass Award; in 1998 she received a Deadly Award for Broadcasting and in 1997, she was recognized with a Sidney Myer Facilitators award.
Matt Wicking is a facilitator, artist and activist. A settler living on Wurundjeri land and long-time advocate for environmental and social justice causes, Matt works with progressive groups to help them amplify their impact. He currently works as freelance facilitator and environmental consultant with Cloud Catcher and singer with Melbourne band, The General Assembly. He has a Masters of Environment, plus degrees in Psychology and Commerce. Previous roles include: running the Future Makers Fellowship at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership; Communications Advisor at the Bureau of Meteorology; Greenie-in-Residence at Arts House; facilitating environmental education at Monash Sustainable Development Institute; and many years’ experience as a sustainability consultant.
Green Music Australia is a registered charity, harnessing the cultural power of our influential music scene to create a greener, safer future.
Contributors: The authors and Green Music Australia are grateful for the contributions of staff, musicians, and other industry experts including: Allara Briggs-Pattison, Anna Lunoe, Berish Bilander, Emma Bosworth, Helen Lear, Jack Johnson, Jen Cloher, Jessica Cerro (Montaigne), Jessica Hobbs, Tenaya King, Tim Hollo, Sally Seltmann.