WE ARE AT A CRUCIAL MOMENT IN HISTORY.

One the requires us to change our behaviour rapidly and move billions of people from apathy to action.

 

WHAT IF WE UNLEASHED THE POWER OF MUSIC TO CONQUER HEARTS AND MINDS?

Inspiring millions to defend the fragile ecosystems that sustain all life on earth.

 

WHAT IF NEXT SUMMER’S ANTHEM WAS ONE THAT INSPIRED US TO DO BETTER?

One that empowered the people demanding climate justice so we preserve nature for our children.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL MUSIC PRIZE

$AU 20,000 IN PRIZE MONEY AND IN-KIND SUPPORT TO REWARD MUSIC VIDEOS THAT CONNECT US TO NATURE AND INSPIRE US TO PROTECT IT.

With your support we hope to:

Encourage more talented artists to write powerful songs with hopeful messages that move hearts and minds.

Crowdsource the creative genius of musicians and content creators to accelerate environmental action.

Highlight a diverse range of music so important messages reach new audiences.

Build a movement of artists committed to using their voice and platform. We will support and invite them to:
– join others who have signed Green Music Australia‘s Climate Declaration
– participate in campaigns that make the music industry more sustainable

Create and incubate strategic partnerships with key environmental and business actors to ensure reach, scale and impact.

Recognise emerging leaders so they receive increased public profile and exposure.

WE HOPE TO LAUNCH JUST BEFORE THE UN CLIMATE SUMMIT (COP26) IN NOVEMBER. PLEASE SIGNUP TO OUR NEWSLETTER TO RECEIVE UPDATES..

Image: Spinifex Gum

WHY IS  MUSIC POWERFUL?

Music builds identity, community and culture.

Every great social movement has used memorable songs to spread messages, share knowledge, unite people and galvanise support.

We need more voices reminding us that we live on an incredible planet that we need to protect.

WHY DO WE NEED A PRIZE?

Incentive prizes competitions encourage us to DREAM BIG.

In science and technology, they have challenged innovators to solve extremely complicated problems and have created  breakthroughs that have touched the lives of billions.

Now faced with an existential crisis, it’s time we used a prize to harness the creative genius of artists, musicians and content creators who have the power to influence large audiences and accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices and policies.

MUSIC AMBASSADOR  //  MONTAIGNE

Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter Montaigne represented Australia in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.

“Concerned about climate change and the way we’re destroying irreplaceable ecosystems, I’ve been on a massive personal journey: getting informed, changing my lifestyle, going to protests, speaking out and supporting great organisations and people along the way.

In 2019 I brought that into my music and wrote ‘READY’ as a call-to-arms. It features incredible school climate strikers who are literally fighting for their future.

I’m proud to be a Music Ambassador for The Environmental Music Prize as it’s the opportunity to reach out to my peers and for us to bring people together. We can use our voices in a powerful way that reminds others of the beauty of the world and that also helps the scientists and environmental organisations who deserve more attention.”

Image: Montaigne at the 2016 ARIAs
shot for Music Love Australia

Image: Anna Lunoe

MUSIC AMBASSADOR  //  ANNA LUNOE

World-renowned DJ, Producer, Vocalist and Apple Music Radio Host Anna Lunoe smashed through the glass ceiling of the Electronic Dance scene playing the world’s biggest festivals in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia, including Coachella, Ultra and Lollapalooza, has produced her own hits and collaborated with artists such as Flume.

“Music has the power to open minds and inspire change as it echoes through our bodies and over this amazing planet.

The Environmental Music Prize will encourage storytellers to delve into this topic more fully. Sometimes we need reminders to stretch into new spaces.

I truly believe that creativity that inspires change is the most essential art there is, and the most  important art to make. I hope my fellow creative community consider it a calling.”

IMPACT PARTNER  //  GREENPEACE

“We have all the science and the solutions we need, and a vast majority of the Australian people want action on the climate emergency.



What matters now is putting the pressure on the politicians and the business leaders to act and we cannot underestimate the power of great songs to do just that.

Since the very first concert for Greenpeace in 1970, music has been a huge part of who we are, so we are thrilled to see the launch of The Environmental Music Prize and delighted that more talented artists will be lending their voice and influence to shift Australia towards a better future.”

– David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia

Image: Joni Mitchell at the 1970 ‘Greenpeace Benefit Concert’ that raised the funds to launch the world’s largest environmental organisation

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MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO GROW THE PRIZE AND AMPLIFY ITS IMPACT

WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL MUSIC?

 

Music that connects us to nature, makes us reflect and ideally makes us want to protect our living ecosystems and their amazing biodiversity.
It can come in all styles and genres.

Here are some thought-provoking international examples – click to play the music videos.
There are some incredible Australian songs, but we’re not listing them here in case they want to compete for the Prize.