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Welcome to SYNTHESISE - Green Music Australia’s music industry newsletter

Welcome to our very first edition of Synthesise - a new Music Business e-Newsletter created to share inspiring stories, funding opportunities and education pieces.

After delivering two successful Green Action Programs to over 13 businesses in Victoria and New South Wales, and a series of Party with the Planet roundtables uniting festivals to combat waste, we realised that it’s important we continue to share regular sustainability updates to help your business go green and lead Australia’s cultural sector into a safer future.

Green Music Australia is looking forward to delivering at least one Green Action Program in Australia this year, with one of those confirmed for Sydney. If you are a business looking to level up your sustainability skills and networks, please register your interest now.

A handy guide on how to measure your impact and offset

Does the idea of measuring and offsetting your impact leave you a bit overwhelmed? We get it. That’s why we’ve published a practical guide with step by step info to help kick-start your journey to understanding, reducing and offsetting your impact.

Is your bank investing in dirty fossil fuels?

Did you know that many of Australia’s banks, including the Big Four, invest in climate destructive fossil fuel projects? Our friends at Market Forces have recently published a report on the “devil in the detail” in the Big Four’s new climate commitments.

Want to clean up your finances? By switching your bank and superannuation, you can make sure your finance aligns with your values. View Market Force’s handy comparison tools to switch.

Victoria introduces the Container Deposit Scheme

Big news from Victoria! The container deposit scheme is now running, meaning that you can earn 10c back for every eligible can/bottle you return.

Does your business participate in the CDS? Consider choosing Green Music Australia as the recipient of your returns, for one month, two months or the whole year!

Meet our new festival campsite waste tool - Camping Buddy!

In case you missed it, we recently launched our new project Camping Buddy in partnership with Queensland University of Technology to help tackle the major issue of festival waste at camping festivals. Our research found a whopping 50-80% of all festival waste comes directly from campsites!

Camping Buddy is a free web tool which makes organising festival campsites a breeze; helping festival goers to bring less, borrow more, and cut down on waste. If you’re a festival keen to use the tool to encourage waste reduction this summer, please get in touch!

Case Study: Brunswick Ballroom

Since participating in the Green Action Program, Brunswick Ballroom has shifted their operations to significantly reduce their waste and energy consumption. Check out what they've done with their wine, food menu and their building envelope by reading about their case study on the link below.

Grants galore!

Looking for funds to expand your green action? Here are some upcoming funding opportunities.

Bin Trim Equipment Rebates Program - Ongoing
NSW Energy Savings Scheme - Ongoing

City of Adelaide Sustainability Incentives Scheme - Ongoing

Home and Business Battery Scheme - Ongoing
Smarter Business Solutions - Ongoing

VIC Business Energy Upgrades - Ongoing

TAS Energy Saver Loan Scheme - Ongoing

Business Energy Saving and Transformation Rebates - Ongoing
Ecobiz energy assessments - Ongoing


  • The National Retail Association has published some great resources on recent plastic bans across states and territories, check out their website.
  • Green Music Australia strengthens its credentials with new board members Bella Wiggs, Mandi McIntyre and Stu Watters, read about it here and become a member now by joining here
  • If you recognise culture as an indispensable pillar of climate action, sign up to support the CALL TO ACTION campaign here

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