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In partnership with VicHeath and Creative Victoria, Green Music Australia created the Water in Arts program with live music venues to increase the availability of drinking water and end the sale of single-use plastic bottles.

Over 2019 and 2020, we successfully worked with eight live music venues to install self-serve reusable water stations.


Participating Venues

Northcote Social Club, Northcote

The Corner Hotel, Richmond

Yah Yahs, Fitzroy

The Workers Club, Fitroy

The Palais Theatre, St Kilda

John Curtin Hotel, Carlton

The Night Cat, Fitzroy

Cherry Bar, Melbourne CBD


Water fountain installed at The Night Cat. 


Participating venues have been encouraged to reduce or eliminate the sale of bottled water and adopt plastic-free policies, like allowing patrons to #BYOBottle and/or stocking reusable bottles to supply to staff and bands. A number of participating venues noted how artists are talking about sustainability and appreciate efforts like this to reduce waste, confirming the need for Green Music Australia’s work. The Workers Club, a local music venue based in Fitzroy, installed accessible tap water infrastructure in their venue and even in 2020, with the significant reduction of live music events due to COVID-19, they managed to save an estimated 4,000 single-use bottles from use.

Previously, the initiative had been successfully promoted at high profile industry events throughout 2019, including Changes Festival via our ‘Refill Not Landfill’ stall; Melbourne Music Week’s MPavillion panel discussion on Music & Sustainability; and Music Victoria’s second Live Music Professionals workshop.


At Yah Yah’s, we want everyone to be able to enjoy a great night out without the negative consequences. Encouraging guests to drink more water is a key part of us serving responsibly, so to be able to phase out single-use plastics for self-service stations isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for business too, and for everyone to be able to enjoy their night out. - Yah Yah’s


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