From concert halls to recording labels, and from festivals to musicians, the Music & Environment Initiative brings together individuals and entities in the world of music who want to be part of the solution to climate change, species extinction, freshwater crisis and other environmental challenges.
Record Companies/Record Labels
Music Industry Organizations
Festivals/Live Music Events
Instrument and Equipment Manufacturers
Music Media Outlets
Boom festival is an art event, born from a culture which has long grown in the margins of mainstream culture reaching new expressions and visions. A whole world of people involved in the alternative, psychedelic and independent culture get together to show and share what they have found inside the Conscious Fractal, the Wholeness, the Oneness, the Truth.
Boom, due to its conscious shapeshifting and mutating properties, happens every two years in sync with the Full Moon of August. The festival has many projects to ensure the event has minimal environmental impact including: a water recycling system, power from vegetable oil, composting toilets and an Eco Team to manage waste.
Bucks New UniversityUnited Kingdom
Bucks New University began the first Music Management courses in Europe fifteen years ago. Bucks New University runs undergraduate and graduate courses, but also conferences for professionals. Suppliers of sustainable products and services to the live music industry increasingly attend. Bucks is a place where live music industry promoters, environmental managers and organisers work closely to develop a range of networks, research and conferences to share ideas, understand consumer expectations and promote a more sustainable approach to the organisation and running of live music events. The university actually provides impartial advice to city representatives from several European cities bidding for Cultural Capital status on aspects of running a sustainable City Festival.
The EXIT festival began in 2000 as a political rally for Serbian youth. The inaugural event gathered thousands of young people in a campus park near the Danube River, including concerts, parties and art performances. Along with its recent membership to Yourope, an association of 50 biggest festivals in Europe, Exit festival adopts the slogan “Leave no trace” for its 10th anniversary. The organisers have also developed initiatives like Green Guerrilla, which aims at informing and providing people with tools for their individual pollution fight, then Planetize Yourself, action which gathers a large number of volunteers who organize waste cleaning in various locations throughout Serbia.
Festival RepublicUnited Kingdom
Festival Republic is the UK’s leading festival and event promoter. Festival Republic has a long track record of engaging with environmental issues, including being one of the first to hire a sustainability expert full-time during festival season. Now partnering with Julie’s Bicycle, they are looking to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Latitude festival especially adopted the Industry Green programme’s advices and committed to measuring key emissions sources including energy use, waste, water and audience travel. Latitude has also signed up to the UK 10:10 campaign for emissions reductions in 2010.
Hard Rain Project
The Hard Rain exhibition has been seen by over 15 million people at over 50 venues on every continent. It is a very successful photographic display that attracts huge public and critical acclaim, along with the support and endorsement of political and environmental leaders across the world. Mark Edwards, the exhibit’s creator, was the first photographer to specialize in illustrating environment and development issues. His photographs from around the world illustrate every line of Dylan’s prophetic song, setting the scene for a moving and unforgettable exploration of the state of our planet at this critical time. “Sad forests”, “dead oceans”, hunger and poverty... Hard Rain puts the puzzle together to show that there is ONE problem: aligning human systems with natural systems.
With assistance from Norwegian environmental group Bellona, Hove has become the first carbon neutral festival in Scandinavia. Hove shows that change doesn’t necessarily mean waving goodbye to loved things like good music, or a great party!
The surroundings of Hove, between the skies, the sea and the land, make it easy to be humbled and grateful for our beautiful environment. Every year concert-goers camp in a zero footprint campsite on the island.
Since its inception in 2007, Hove organisers wanted it to be a festival with a strong environmental profile. They encourage their audience to travel, eat and litter eco-friendly, providing recycling bin, organic food and more.
Julie’s BicycleUnited Kingdom
Established in 2007, Julie’s Bicycle operates as a research and advisory body providing the framework for carbon emission reductions and climate responsibility. Research focuses on packaging impacts of CD’s; the building and roll out of energy management tools for festivals, cultural venues, touring, studios, distribution centres and offices leading to robust sector benchmarks and targets; audience travel research; and CO2 emission impacts. Julie’s Bicycle also developed the Industry Green Framework, an environmental certification framework that helps creative organisations improve their environmental and energy performance, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and demonstrate climate responsibility.
One of the music festivals founded by C3 Presents, Lollapalooza takes place in Chicago, Illinois. Held in a beautiful city park, it is annually drawing over 130 artists and 225,000 fans of all stripes from across the globe for three days of music, art and community.
Lollapalooza is committed to minimizing its carbon footprint through careful examination and planning of all production logistics, like biodiesel run generators and light towers, placing hundreds of recycling bins throughout the grounds, using biodegradable paper products, ensuring free water fountains and more. Lollapalooza actively encourages festivalgoers to take eco-friendly transportation to and from the event, and learn about greening their lives at Green Street.
In the Medieval Park, on the ruins of Oslo oldest settlements, the Oyafestival takes place four hot August days every year. The urban festival has a broad and varied booking profile including new Norwegian up and coming artists and beloved, established international acts. The festival has pioneered environmental focus in Norway with a wholehearted focus on high quality organic catering, good waste management systems and the development of national standards for green festival management. Deposited drinking vessels are used to produce energy, paper is recycled, all promotional material is printed on recycled paper in a Eco-Labeld print house… As a result, Oya received Yourope’s Green ‘n’ Clean Award, as well as the Greener Festival Award and “Oslos Greenest Business” distinction.
Paléo Festival NyonSwitzerland
Nestling between the Jura Mountains and Lake Geneva, Paléo Festival Nyon has become one of Europe’s largest open-air musical events. Fired by a constant desire to provide an opening to the culture of other peoples and places in the world, Paléo Festival Nyon created the Village du Monde, offering concerts, shows, food and crafts from one region of the world. In 2010, Southern Africa flies its colours. Concerned by environmental issues, organisers decided to sort the festival waste, install Ecopoints and deliver returnable cups only. They also encourage low-impact mobility operating a public transport network throughout Western Switzerland. This management was recognised in 2008 with the MIDEM Green World Award and in 2007 with the Green’N’Clean Award.
Peats Ridge Festival
Peats Ridge Festival was founded in 2004 with the primary objective of researching the ways an event can reduce its impact upon its own environment whilst simultaneously educating its patrons on ways to live their lives more sustainably. The first major event in Australia to run entirely on renewable energy sources and feature sustainable initiatives at all levels, Peats Ridge Festival has received many awards including the 2009 Australian Event Award for 'Most Sustainable Event in Australia'.
The event initiatives include 100% biodiesel and solar power, waste-recycling, organic and chemical free products, suppliers’ commitment to ensure all stall holders and food outlets use only compostable cutlery and crockery as well as no single use sachets, carpooling and more.
Roskilde Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in northern Europe. A non-profit humanitarian organization aiming to create a green event, the festival has had an environmental management system and has focused increasingly on sustainability since inception in 1994. This is achieved through continuously improving key focus areas such as transport, energy, sanitary conditions, waste sorting and buying greener products. Roskilde Festival also engages the audience through the Green Footsteps, a climate campaign that gives the audience the opportunity to choose a more climate-friendly lifestyle. On the event, they provide a climate-friendly camping area – Green Bootcamp – and more.
Studio Incaible is a recording studio and production company in Monterrey, Mexico. It started as a small-scale video production facility and has grown to include work in the music industry, from rock bands and opera singers to film companies, international musicians and national stars. In 2007 the studio joined forces with the local group “Reforestación Extrema”.
The current project – “Incaible Goes Green- studio sustentable” – is the studio’s take on how to contribute to the search for ways to produce ‘green music’. The project has 4 goals: convert the building into using only renewable resources, green the building through sustainable architecture, reach out to people on what we are doing and why.
Sustainable Arts and Culture (SAAC)
Sustainable Arts and Culture (SAAC) is a not-for profit organisation based in Australia.
Active since 2009, SAAC generates and facilitates educational projects, creative arts events and other community-led initiatives that create awareness around human impact on the earth’s ecosystem, and inspire and enable people to commit to more sustainable ways of living. SAAC initiates and supports sustainable projects in Australia and Africa.
In Australia, SAAC is currently working with local partners to conceive a solar powered stage. Running wholly on renewable off-grid energy, the stage will provide professional sound and lighting solution for festivals, concerts and other community events.
With support from the City of Sydney, SAAC is developing a sustainability mobile education hub. Made from re-used materials, the hub provides space for workshops and education displays pitched at a community audience. The hub will examine areas such as composting, energy, water efficiency and resource reuse.
Other projects SAAC is working on include a green roof project and a sustainable art prize "Trash is Treasure", that engages young and emerging artists and schools in closed loop thinking on waste recycling.
In Africa, SAAC is working together with associates from the music industry and the sustainable agriculture sector towards the creation of an Eco Centre in Niger. The Centre will reinforce food security of poor families in the region and transmit knowledge through home and community garden, water harvest and food forest programs.
Vienna Vegetable Orchestra
Founded in 1998 and based in Vienna, the Vegetable Orchestra performs on instruments made of fresh vegetables. Using carrot flutes, pumpkin basses, leek violins, leek-zucchini-vibrators, cucumberophones and celery bongos, the orchestra creates its own extraordinary and vegetabile sound universe. There are no musical boundaries for the Vegetable Orchestra. The orchestra gets vegetables on local open markets and, after a concert, part of the vegetables, which are left over after preparing the instruments, go into a vegetable soup served to the audience, part of the instruments and other remaining vegetables are given to the audience and another part goes into organic waste.