Music Declares Emergency is a group of artists, music industry professionals and organisations that stand together to declare a climate and ecological emergency and call for an immediate governmental response to protect all life on Earth. We believe in the power of music to promote the cultural change needed to create a better future.
💬 Declaration Music Declares a Climate and Ecological Emergency.
We call on governments and media institutions to tell the truth about the climate and ecological emergency.
We call on governments to act now to reverse biodiversity loss and reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2030.
We recognise that the emergency has arisen from global injustices and will work towards systemic change to protect life on Earth.
We acknowledge the environmental impact of music industry practices and commit to taking urgent action.
Jointly support one another, sharing expertise as a collective industry and community.
Speak up and out about the climate and ecological emergency.
Work towards making our businesses ecologically sustainable and regenerative.
Julie’s Bicycle is a London based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability. We believe that the creative community is uniquely placed to transform the conversation around climate change and translate it into action.
We provide the creative community with the skills to act, using their creativity to influence one another, audiences and the wider movement. We run a rich programme of events, free resources and public speaking engagements, which contribute to national and international climate change policy development.
Julie’s Bicycle supports the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by focusing on energy, the major source of carbon emissions for the cultural sector. More than 2,000 companies use the Creative IG Tools, our suite of carbon calculators, and our certification scheme, Creative Green, is the recognised benchmark for sustainability achievement within the creative industries.
We have a deep engagement with the arts and cultural sector, working with organisations and independent professionals across the UK and internationally to embed environmental sustainability into their operations, creative work and business practice.
We have two key objectives:
KarTent is a cheap, personally printable festival tent made completely out of cardboard.
No more hassle with your stuff! We will bring your karTent to the festival for you! This means you don’t have to carry around with heavy stuff!
Relax when you arrive! We build up your KarTent for you! That means that you can immediately start enjoying your festival as soon as you arrive!
KarTent stays Dark and Fresh Because the tent is made of cardboard, it stays fresh in the morning! The material blocks the sunlight, ensuring a good night’s rest!
Painting is awesome! You only use your KarTent once, which means you can easily customize it to your liking! Don’t hesitate to bring paint, glitter and decorations, because your KarTent is bound to be fabulous!
Recycling is good, Circularity is better.
KarTent is a completey new way of thinking about a product! The KarTent is designed in a circular fashion! The cardboard from KarTent is used in several applications, such as boxes in the logistics industry, or festivalgadgets for you to enjoy. In the end of it’s life, the KarTent can be fully recycled!
Dr Kyle Devine, an Associate Professor in Music from the University of Oslo, led the research on the environmental cost of recording formats, said: “From a plastic pollution perspective, the good news is that overall plastic production in the recording industry has diminished since the heyday of vinyl.
“From a carbon emissions perspective, however, the transition towards streaming recorded music from internet-connected devices has resulted in significantly higher carbon emissions than at any previous point in the history of music.”
The research shows greenhouse gases (GHGs) of 140 million kilograms in 1977, 136 million kilograms in 1988, and 157 million in 2000. But by 2016 the generation of GHGs by storing and transmitting digital files for those listening to music online is estimated to be between 200 million kilograms and over 350 million kilograms in the US alone.
Our Green Initiatives working group was re-established at the start of 2019 (and has roots going back to 2017) with the purpose of helping our members address the unprecedented climate crisis our world faces with the rise of global heating and pollution, and in order to focus our industry’s collective will to address the problems we now face.
Initially chaired on a temporary basis by AFEM’s Tristan Hunt, Claire O’Neill, co-founder and Director at A Greener Festival, was recently elected by the group to be its official chair and help shape the group’s focus and take it’s work forward.
The group presently has 5 key areas of focus, which are under review following a recent group call in order to ready the group for 2020. The 5 main areas of focus are:
The Creative Green Tools are a free set of unique carbon calculators developed by Julie's Bicycle specifically for the creative industries. They’re used by over 2,000 organisations across 43 different countries to understand the environmental impacts of cultural buildings, offices, outdoor events, tours and productions.
We believe harnessing the power of culture is the ultimate catalyst for progressive solutions. We are particularly known for our work in the music and live event industry, where we have pioneered environmental best practices for iconic global artists and spearheaded impactful campaigns with a wide range of musicians and athletes for the past 30 years.
A Greener Festival is a not-for-profit company, committed to helping events, festivals and venues around the world to become more sustainable and to reduce environmental impacts. As pioneers in event sustainability since the first research in 2005, AGF provide certification, training, expertise, and facilitate the exchange of best practice.
MØ has joined the brand to launch a new merch line as part of Postevand's No to pesticides in groundwater campaign. All proceeds made from the merch will be donated to Plant a Tree.
Karen Marie Ørsted, aka MØ, says of her new collaboration, "I have joined the project because we need clean water. We have to take care of ourselves and the earth and to do that we need to stop taking the easy way out. It is time to think of long-term solutions and dare to invest in the future, even though it might seem scary at the moment."
Jesper Strange Kjeldsen, CEO of Postevand, adds, "If future generations are to have access to clean water the way we have it, we must do something. Clean drinking water is not an inexhaustible resource and there is an urgent need for us to protect it in better ways from pesticides and herbicides - one of the ways is to plant more trees in the areas of sensitive groundwater."
Plantjebandje is a compostable festival wristband that’s biodegrable and filled with plant seeds. Take the wristband off at home, plant it and see what sprouts.
Festival wristbands are more than just a ticket. Many festival visitors wear them as a lasting memory. When I searched for an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic, I was looking for material that will last for a while, which turned out to be hemp. After the festival ends, visitors can use the seeds in the band to grow a plant as a living reminder of the festival.
Green Guestlist e. V. pursues the vision of making the music and entertainment industry “greener”, encouraging people to think about how each individual can reduce the environmental impact and protect the environment while having a good time partying. CELEBRATE! while doing something good.
Who are we? And what we do…
We are an initiative whose goal & purpose is the promotion of environmental protection.
In particular by informing and sensitizing the public and our fellow campaigners about the high intensity of energy consumption as well as environmental pollution in the music and entertainment industry.
By raising funds, we want to contribute to the promotion of a climate-friendly music and entertainment industry.
For every event in the music, sports and entertainment sector, there is free access through the guest list for selected guests.
With a small donation for their free entrance they help us to take steps to protect the environment. To support projects and initiatives in the field of environmental protection, waste avoidance, collection, recycling and climate protection measures.
Why are we doing this?
The music, entertainment and event business – in particular the live operation with artists and musicians – is exciting, fascinating and diverse – for all those involved – artists, agents, promoters, technicians and visitors. But: THERE IS ALSO A DOWNSIDE:
The industry is immensely energy-intensive in all core areas such as production, distribution, performance and flows of visitors, and produces a great deal of waste and CO2 emissions.
Certainly, the CO2 footprint of the industry is not comparable to other industries, such as the automotive industry. But musicians and artists serve as role models for many people and can contribute to a rethinking in society by setting an example.
We are registered as a non-profit association with the district court of Berlin.
Green touring does not mean that from now on, all distances should be traveled by train, all amplifiers be thrown out, all meals replaced with spelt muesli, and that musicians need to sleep in tents. Instead, it means that even with just a few prudent measures in many areas, touring can even become more comfortable for musicians and in some cases cost less and make the live experience more intense for fans (in a positive way!). What we are talking about here are better alternatives! Admittedly, it does take some getting used to, but it’s something that can be done step by step.
With this guide, we wish to point out possibilities and tools for reducing the carbon footprint of a tour and how this can be communicated without being suspected of “greenwashing”. It contains suggestions and inspirations for rethinking the way things are done — and we hope that it will also prepare readers for a music sector that is undergoing a great deal of change.
A partner for artists, actors and brands whose talents and creativity can move the world. We are a community of forward-thinking visionaries, dedicated to going beyond the expected, because we are driven by the desire to make an impact greater than ourselves.
Topping the charts, selling out tours, setting box office and viewership records and negotiating positive strategic partnerships is just the beginning of what the Activist team helps our clients achieve on a global basis.
From the biggest stages, in front of global audiences, we support our clients in pursuit of their artistic vision and we help them gain visibility for their activism, making the most of all relevant platforms.
We all want to change the world. At Activist, we achieve this, first, by supporting our clients’ business objectives and second, by leveraging the related visibility for good.
For this project Bacardi partners with Lonely Whale, an organisation that aims to keep “plastics in the economy and out of our ocean”. For their The Future Doesn’t Suck campaign, they want to remove a billion plastic straws by 2020. As part of this, they set up a recycling program at an event and people’s straws were turned into vinyl records (fun fact: it takes 600 straws to make a record).
How V Dance was founded by Phonique and Dave DK. As DJs and producers we are both vegan and aiming to spread the vegan message in a positive way. We are showcasing all kinds of vegan electronic music artists on our channel to either inspire other people to become vegan or to motivate others to stay vegan.
Love Your Tent is the international waste campaign designed to bond people with their portable homes, and encourage them to re-use instead of discard.
The campaign is about behaviour change and we want to encourage people to have more respect, both for their environment and definitely for themselves.
We are speaking with one international voice and a single initiative supported by big names and events globally.
We show people, organisers and campers, how much waste there is - how much it costs them each year - what happens to this waste.
We can demonstrate that there is an alternative to the present situation. Organisers can save money - punters can save money - less waste - less landfill, less damage to the environment - less resources being used up.
We are spreading this one simple message to every festival and to everyone - Love Your Tent and take it home.
Music moves us—moves us to feel, moves us to care, moves us to action. Musicians have an unparalleled ability to bring huge numbers of people together both physically and emotionally.
REVERB harnesses this power to inspire millions of music lovers and music makers to take part in tackling today’s most pressing environmental and social issues.
We partner with Musicians, Festivals and Venues to green their concert events while engaging fans face-to-face at shows to take environmental and social action.
We create and execute comprehensive programs to reduce concert and tour footprints from eliminating single-use water bottles to coordinating local farm food to fueling sustainable biodiesel in tour buses to composting and donating food waste and much more.
In our fan-facing Action Villages, concertgoers connect with local and national non profits and campaigns, fill up at our RocknRefill free water stations, win prizes like signed guitars and ticket upgrades for taking action, and much more.
Shambala is committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible – it’s in our DNA – and our green credentials are considered pioneering, Europe-wide. We have reduced the carbon footprint of the festival by over 80%, achieved 100% renewable power, become meat and fish free and eradicated disposable plastics.
Pioneering, intimate and truly innovative, Shambala Festival has perfectly blended creativity and participation for well over a decade. Shambala is a special place where you play, revitalise, make lots of new friends and return to the world fuelled-up on the beauty of being alive. As well as being known as a “legendary party”, it is also a haven for cutting edge theatrics and performance, a think-tank of ideas and an award winning green event.
Science tells us that we have a decade within which to make unprecedented and far-reaching changes to all aspects of society. Decisions made in the coming years will be critical in determining our future.
This provocative, intergenerational and action-focused summit will bring creative and cultural leaders and institutions together with funders, grassroots activists, policy-makers and the scientific community to explore what creativity, leadership and innovation means in the context of Climate Emergency, ahead of the crucial COP26 climate talks.
Taking place on Wednesday 26th February 2020, this event will bring together high-profile expert speakers and facilitators with an audience of over 300 from across the UK and beyond to ask: What will the world be like in 2030, and what can the creative and cultural community do now to push us closer to the future we want?
Billie Eilish teamed up with the Global Citizen platform to get fans to spread the word about climate change and other social causes. The platform rewards points to fans for tweeting about causes, signing petitions, and mailing politicans. These can then be used to enter a draw to win tickets to Eilish’s sold out tour.
DJs4CA formed in 2011 when a group of DJ colleagues felt compelled to do something about a negative aspect of their profession -- excessive airplane travel. Beyond offsetting flights, our goal is to harness the influence of Dance Music and DJ Culture to power climate solutions and generation action. We strive to give artists the tools and opportunities to use their craft and visibility to engage our community in the climate crisis. We produce events, release original music and run online campaigns. We cultivate partnerships with advocacy groups and climate conscious projects to give our response the greatest impact. We remix the climate message to engage and inspire.
Live Nation will:
We all know the stories of M&M’s sorted by colour and other sometimes outlandish- sounding requests included in hospitality and technical riders – so if the environmental impact of your touring is something you are concerned about, including some green clauses in your rider can be a powerful communications tool and encourage change towards a more sustainable touring sector across the venues and events you play at.
In this document, there are some ideas for ‘green’ clauses for inclusion either in a standalone Green Rider or as part of your tech or hospitality riders.
We’re always looking for more requests for inclusion, examples of ‘green riders’ in action, and feedback on your experiences using green riders so that we can continue to improve and refine our work – email us your ideas, and feel free to get in touch for more information, examples of some real green riders, or with any other questions.
The Green Vinyl Records project is a collaboration between 8 Dutch companies with as well business, research as education backgrounds. Our goal: to reduce the amount of energy and waste within the vinyl record manufacturing process. This by developing durable plastics and clean, low-energy injection moulding processes. Maintaining the familiar vinyl record feeling is key within this process. And that’s our biggest challenge: to create and maintain the same feeling, with new materials and manufacturing processes.
There are no magic solutions here. Vinyl comes from oil. Oil is dirty. Your vinyl habit is dirty. You are dirty. But there are things you can do to become a more eco-conscious collector.
A low latency, high quality audio/video transmission system for network musical performances and interaction developed by Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Tartini" from Trieste (Italy) in collaboration with GARR, the Italian Research and Academic Network. It allows performers to collaborate in real-time with each other while at other sides of the world - thus removing the need to travel for masterclasses, recording sessions, etc.
Tyndall Centre Manchester scientists are creating a plan for concerts and tours to have zero emissions, or as close to zero as possible. Massive Attack, who has been working with Extinction Rebellion, approached the scientists to find solutions for the music industry's live performances.
"Today we’re announcing the commissioning of the renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research to map the full carbon footprint of typical tour cycles, and to look specifically at the three key areas where CO2 emissions in our sector are generated: band travel and production, audience transport and venue. The resulting roadmap to decarbonisation will be shared with other touring acts, promoters and festival/venue owners to assist swift and significant emissions reductions," said Robert del Naja, founding member of Massive Attack.
The research will be looking at how to reduce the amount of energy used during concerts and in moving musicians, crews and sets between different venues and cities, as well as the impact audiences have.
CD packaging is one of the music industry’s largest sources of direct GHG emissions, accounting for a third of recording and publishing, and at least 10% of the total emissions, from the UK music market.
Julie’s Bicycle convened a working group of industry, science and specialist experts under the leadership of Tony Wadsworth, to scrutinise the science and the business of CD packaging and come up with some solutions. The group commissioned leading consultancy Arup to analyse the impacts and come up with some recommendations. In July 2008 Arup produced the report: Reducing the Impact of CD Packaging with a startling result: that the recording industry could reduce its packaging emissions by up to 95% by switching from the plastic jewel case to card wallet. Research into consumer preferences and manufacturer capacity supported the recommendation to switch from plastic to card.
By joining the AIM-backed Creative Energy Project (CEP), you can get good value, 100%, UK-sourced renewable power for your business. You may even find that this is cheaper than your current provider, due to the project’s tender process which ensures preferential pricing. By joining Good Energy, the current energy provider for CEP, you also get a full benefits package including a sustainability audit, dedicated account manager, plus a staff discount offer.
This edition is European in focus, reflecting both the progress being made across Europe on this topic, and the partners involved with the guide’s content.
Since the first edition of the guide in 2012, a significant shift towards more efficient energy management has taken place in the events industry. Events are typically able to save between 10% and 50% of their fuel consumption and there are many examples that illustrate how and where this has been achieved in the new guide.
The guide has been co-written by a group of leading European energy consultants, advisers and festival organisers under the direction of lead author Chris Johnson, Chair of Powerful Thinking and Operations Director of Shambala Festival. Contributors include: Paul Schurink (ZAP Concepts), Chiara Badiali (Julie’s Bicycle), Sid Rogerson (Entersys), Tim Benson (ZAP Concepts UK), Sjoerd Schouten (Watt-Now), Shaun Pearce (Production Services Association), Liz Warwick (Lansdowne Warwick).
The magic material, since the 70’s anyway, is polyvinyl chloride, or PVC as the kids call it. If you break down PVC, you get deadly chlorine gas and heavy metals. Its service life also comes into question. Without lead used as a stabilizer, you can expect your family to be absorbing toxic particles from your vinyl collection as it ages. It’s shown that when used as a plasticizer (phthalates, as the kids call it), it increases the prevalence of asthma and allergies in households. All the way back in the 70’s, before we moved hazardous manufacturing processes overseas where nobody seems to sue their employers, factories creating PVC were directly linked to cancer in their floor employees. Most of the automobile industry has stopped using phthalates in cars, healthcare providers are beginning ban the use of PVC in their facilities, and the EU started regulating its use and environmental impact since 2000.
TL;DR – Vinyl is entirely made of toxic stuff that is nearly impossible to recycle on a consumer level, and very dangerous and inefficient to recycle on an industrial level.
It’s basically impossible for one bag to score better than all other bags in each impact category, says David Tyler, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oregon. “So you have to decide, when you talk about the impact on the environment, what environmental impacts am I most interested in mitigating?” Tyler says.
A Greener Festival have regularly seen promoters’ ‘green’ actions stop at the dressing room door. We believe this isn’t always the will of the artist, nor the failure of the promoter, but simply a lack of communication. The Green Artist Rider serves as a bridge between artists, promoters and venues, and a part of the puzzle helping to change old practices into better new ways.
The initiative will align live music events and tours with the need to:
Welcoming over 200 industry leaders, professionals and visionaries working to bring environmental and social sustainability to live events. Green Events & Innovations conference (GEI) is presented by A Greener Festival (AGF) in partnership with the International Live Music Conference (ILMC).
Drawing on the continuous work and observations by AGF and partners with the Industry, each year GEI demonstrates the latest solutions and technologies for practical event management, as well as crucial challenges to be addressed. The conference mixes practical case studies, discussion panels and presentations from around the world, alongside networking coffee breaks, a complimentary lunch, and closing party, Including the International AGF Awards.
NorthSide wishes to be the most green and sustainable cultural event. That has been the intention since the first festival in 2010, and now, we are closer than ever.
As an organizer of an event with 35.000 festival guests, we have a responsibility towards the beautiful green area, which we briefly inhabit each year. But we also have a responsibility during the rest of the year. Therefore, we try to create awareness and set a good example that can push not only our festival guests but also our entire industry in a positive direction as we wish to put forward a sustainable agenda in our society.
Lead The Way is our mantra and it permeates everything we do. It governs decisions about procurement, investment, collaborators, interior design, resource management, charity and the supply of organic food and beverages throughout the festival.
NorthSide is a cozy, hassle-free and challenging breathing space created by people, originality and sustainability – and here you can read more about how we create NorthSide in the most sustainable framework possible.
Sustainable and renewable energy sources are becoming the new norm. Event organizers are looking for ways to reduce diesel use and CO2 emissions. While some are succeeding, others are still struggling to meet their requirements without losing their profit margins. Open-House is bridging the gap between organizers and suppliers, looking at things like biofuel and storage solutions, to complete the transition to green festivals in a cost-effective way.
Powerful Thinking is a not-for-profit project supporting best practice and innovation in temporary energy at UK festivals and the outdoor events industry.
Powerful Thinking supports smarter practice and innovation in energy management for the outdoor events and music industry. We publish guidance, tools, provide news and advice, and connect people and companies with good ideas and each other.
It aims to provide clear guidance and resources to festival organisers about approaches to sustainable power and to drive a market for renewable energy supply at festivals, understanding and accounting for the business and cost restraints.
Our products are made from natural materials using renewable energy, and designed to come back to us when worn out so we can make new products from the material we recover. We produce custom-printed t-shirts, tops and sweats for brands, businesses and events that need workwear, uniforms, merch or retail stock made in a more sustainable way.
Yep, plastic-free packaging comes as standard with every order.
It's our tech that makes us able to offer sustainable custom printed t-shirts at such competitive prices. Our technology also means easier ordering, faster service and better value.
We can help you with wholesale orders of custom products for events, retail and workwear, plus print-on-demand fulfilment stores for online.
Roskilde Festival is non-profit and driven by dedicated volunteers. The purpose of the festival is to make a difference and have a positive influence on our surroundings. It is about trusting people to make responsible choices, that each of us contributes to enforcing positive changes in the community and for the community. The festival's strategic work aims to foster open, curious and socially engaged communities. Because we believe that music and arts promote and strengthen social development.
So how do we approach sustainability and how do we define it?
Sustainability at Roskilde Festival is balancing environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability when we create and develop Roskilde Festival.
The environmental aspects include our consumption of resources and emissions, for example what we purchase, water and electricity.
The social aspects include ethical, social and interpersonal relationships, for example ensuring safety and equality for people involved in activities at Roskilde Festival and in the world around us.
The economic aspects include investments, stability and balance, eg. long term investments in sustainable development projects and creating a yearly profit that we donate in full to charity.
Being a large cultural institution that works with culture and art as a catalyst for change, we view artistic and cultural sustainability as part of our understanding of sustainability.
The Green Gathering festival runs on a non-profit basis, created by a community of people who love festivals, are passionate about the environment and social justice, and want to share our passions as widely as possible.
We aim to put on an authentic, inspiring, diverse, non-commercial, hugely fun festival that goes beyond being a party – beyond hedonism – to have a lasting impact. All electricity on site, from the lights to the stages to the production cabins, is solar or wind powered.
We are members of the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and have signed up to Festival Vision 2025, a pledge to work with like-minded festival lovers to improve the resilience and sustainability of our event and others on the circuit.
WE LOVE GREEN is an experimental laboratory for sustainable development solutions in the live entertainment and events industries. Via its six cultural line-ups, WE LOVE GREEN’s pop-up village proves that sustainable development is compatible with our current lifestyles. Our pioneering eco- friendly production techniques are an essential element of the festival, and they adhere to an eight- point sustainability charter which focuses on: energy, food services, water, waste management, transportation, raising awareness, carbon offsetting and circular economy.
During the few weeks Øyafestivalen takes place in Tøyenparken, it feels like a small city. With roughly 20 000 inhabitants, offices, roads, toilets, restaurants, police officers, a library, street lights, renovation, nature, culture, bike parking, stores and meeting points. This makes our festival the perfect arena to showcase new technologies, and test new, sustainable solutions. We hope to use Tøyenparken as testing grounds for a new, sustainable future – and our goal is to inspire you as an audience, a fellow event organizer, a partner or as a business owner.
Some main sustainability efforts at Øya: