Green Music Australia are calling on Aussie musicians to join the push to eliminate disposable plastic water bottles in the music scene, challenging our throw-away culture and protecting the environment from plastic pollution.
With marine plastic debris set to outnumber fish in our oceans by 2050, and trillions of tiny plastic particles entering our food chain and water supply, the unnecessary use of plastic issue needs urgent attention.
Green Music Australia is set to announce dozens of new #BYOBottle Ambassadors during Plastic Free July, led by Gang of Youths, Alex the Astronaut, The Teskey Brothers, Luca Brasi, and Moreton.
The musicians are committing to ditch single use plastic water bottles, telling venues and festivals where they perform that they don’t want disposable bottles, asking for jugs or water stations to refill their own bottles instead, and spreading the word.
“We’re thrilled to see so many people support this vision of a clean, green music scene. Plastic pollution is harming our planet at an extraordinary scale, threatening sea-life, washing up on remote islands, and entering our food chain and drinking water. Simple actions, like bringing your own bottle to gigs, not only stops waste at its source, but has the potential to create deep and lasting cultural change.”Berish Bilander
Green Music Australia
Past ambassadors include Paul Kelly, Montaigne, Bernard Fanning, Regurgitator, Adalita, Missy Higgins, Vika and Linda Bull, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Ash Grunwald, Ball Park Music and Tin Pan Orange.
Green Music Australia attribute the involvement of the artists to the success of converting over 24 festivals and music venues from disposable water bottle lovers to “Refill not Landfill” legends. Festivals including BIGSOUND, WOMADelaide, Party in the Paddock and Melbourne International Jazz Festival have all stopped the sale of single use water bottles and have saved thousands of tonnes of plastic going to landfill as a result.
Click below to find out how to be a part of the campaign.
Sahara Beck has been named as the recipient of the $15,000 Carol Lloyd Award for 2019, the announcement taking place at the launch of this year's Queensland Music Festival.
Queensland Music Festival has launched its massive 2019 program. The state-wide program for the festival's 20th anniversary will run 5 July through to 28 July and bring "the gift of music to all corners of the state". Find out what's on and how you can get involved!
Last fortnight Paris Irwin, winner of the Industry Connect ‘Chill with Paces’ mentoring session spent an afternoon at Alchemix Recording Studios with Paces to gain some priceless industry insight, feedback on her songs and whip up a groovy new tune with the Gold Coast based producer.
Tucked away in the mountains of the Sunshine Coast is the picturesque Heliport Studios where for the second year, eight Industry Connect participants will spend four days co-writing and collaborating on new music with the guidance of industry experts.
APRA AMCOS have announced the return of the biennial APRA Professional Development Awards offering nine individual winners $15,000 each. The Smugglers of Light initiative will also return in 2019, providing a promising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music or media practitioner with a grant of $12,000.