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MUSIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS

STRATEGIC ADVISORS oN OUR SHORTLISTING COMMITTEE

Edwina Floch

In this time of exponential change, Edwina is interested in identifying catalysts that will rapidly shift the attitudes and behaviour that affect the world's biggest issues. She co-founded of Le Rosé Bleu, a French social-impact wine that raises awareness of ocean plastics and funds education and prevention initiatives in partnership with Plastic Oceans Foundation. She is on the Australian Committee of NEXUS and a member of Groundswell Giving. For the last three years headed Strategic Relationships at Documentary Australia Foundation, a not-for-profit that enables important social and environmental stories to access philanthropic funding and build strategic impact campaigns that empower audiences to take action.

MONTAIGNE

"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.”

Heidi Lenffer

Heidi is a songwriter/performer from the band Cloud Control and the founder of FEAT. Live – an artist-led climate action movement for the live entertainment industry to accelerate Australia's roadmap to 100% renewable energy. Since 2019, FEAT. has raised $7 million from a community of high-profile artists including Vance Joy, Regurgitator and Julia Stone and overseen the complete construction of Brigalow Solar Farm in rural Queensland. FEAT. has won industry recognition with Heidi being the recipient of both the 2019 Triple J 'You Done Good’ award and the 2019 SMAC of the YEAR. Heidi's focus for 2022 is rolling out a 1.5% sustainability surcharge ~ the 'Solar Slice' ~ across ticketed events of Australia's largest festivals and tours, to implement a range of carbon reduction measures and minimise the industry footprint.

Anna Lunoe

"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."

Berish Bilander

Composer, pianist and leader of a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping the music scene reduce its environmental impact and use its influence to accelerate climate action. He has toured extensively with his own ensembles and as a freelance musician for bands like Vika and Linda Bull, and dedicated his activist life to climate and social justice – fighting back toll-roads, supporting renewable energy programs and campaigning alongside people seeking asylum.

CLAIRE MOONEY

I work at triple j and in the triple j music team as our Group Music programmer and producer - programming the music you hear across triple j, triple j Unearthed and Double J. I also present our new music releases program TOPS every Friday night from 5:30 PM on Unearthed radio.

I am also on the board of The Push and volunteer with Wildlife Victoria.

David Ritter

The decisions of our politicians and business leaders today will decide the scale of damage we face from the climate crisis and our prospects for future flourishing. No country around the globe is yet reducing emissions at the speed required to limit warming to 1.5C.

The good news is - we have the solutions we need to combat this planetary emergency. The report identifies that multiple low-carbon technologies have rapidly progressed since the previous IPCC assessment and confirmed what we already knew - renewables, backed by batteries, are now cheaper and more reliable than coal or gas and are ready to power our country.

TIM SHIEL

I champion creativity.
I make radio and other types of content for triple j and Double J.
I support and nurture a community of independent artists called Spirit Level.
I am extremely curious about tech, and sometimes I write music for indie games.
I start and facilitate conversations about music, tech and the future.

David Ritter

Tim Silverwood is an award-winning environmentalist committed to reducing human impacts on the natural world. A keen surfer, Tim became alarmed at the risks plastic pollution posed to our oceans and wildlife, co-founding the not-for-profit organisation ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ in 2009.

After ten years building Take 3 into a social movement and successful charity, Tim launched Ocean Impact Organisation (OIO) in 2020 with his colleague Nick Chiarelli. OIO is Australia’s first ocean impact ecosystem and startup accelerator helping people to start, grow and invest in businesses that positively impact the ocean.

Tim’s focus and purpose with OIO is to transform ocean health through inspiration, innovation and good business. OIO's mission is to support and accelerate ocean impact businesses.

Tim’s achievements include being awarded the 2014 NSW Green Globe ‘Sustainability Champion’; featuring in the popular ABC series ‘War on Waste’ and starring as an ‘Ocean Guardian’ in the 2017 feature documentary ‘Blue’.

In 2011, Tim sailed 5000km across the North Pacific Ocean to study the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch, sharing his experiences through a popular TEDx talk on his return.

Tim is a passionate presenter, commentator and facilitator who has delivered over 300 talks and workshops to businesses, government agencies, schools, communities and conferences including South by Southwest Eco in Austin, Texas and the Our Ocean conference in Washington D.C.

A regular fixture in news and media, Tim delivers a firm, reasoned and insightful case for ‘business as unusual’ to create an abundant and sustainable future for Planet Ocean and its inhabitants.

Milly Petriella

Milly has been supporting songwriters at all stages of their careers during her 26 years at APRA AMCOS. In addition to her role as Creative Producer of APRA's Music Awards, and championing the SongHubs program, Milly also administers the APRA AMCOS Ambassador program, the Professional Development Awards, the Women In Music Mentorship program, the Vanda and Young Global Songwriting Competition and travels regularly to LA, London and Nashville. Milly serves on a number of key music industry committees including the Country Music Advisory Group Australia and the board of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.

Doha Khan

Dr Romola Stewart

marine scientist and conservation planning expert with experience across academic, government, private and non-government sectors. Her interests are in applying the decision sciences to better support conservation outcomes. She has published widely in the field of marine conservation planning, with her particular research interests focusing on the development of decision-support tools with a reach to real-world conservation problems.

Cat Nadel

I'm so proud to be part of Tomorrow Movement - an unstoppable movement working to end the influence fossil fuel billionaires on our politics so that we can win a tomorrow with good jobs, great public services and a safe climate for all. It's going to take all of us! Join in at tomorrowmovement.com

I am a campaigner and community organiser with experience working across the economic and climate justice movements. I am skilled in campaigning and organising strategy and in the nuts and bolts of setting up purpose driven organisations and supporting grassroots movements. I am particularly passionate about activist training and leadership development. I hold a bachelor of Arts and Law from Monash University and am currently completing Practical Legal Training at the College of Law.

Alex Fuller

Clare Ainsworth Herschell

Clare is a connector and community builder who aims to educate, inspire and activate. With over 12 years experience in not-for-profit development and philanthropy, her work promotes the idea that ‘giving’ comes in many currencies, and helps people to harness their own unique power and purpose. She is now focussing her energies on the climate crisis. 

She is a member of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network and the global Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Clare was Next Generation Development Manager for the Art Gallery of NSW. She is a Director of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation, and on the Advisory Council for the Sydney Women’s Fund. She was a founding member of New Gen at Philanthropy Australia, and a delegate of the Nexus Global Youth Summit.

Fergus Clarkson

Jojo Ferris

The Olympic Refuge Foundation was created by The International Olympic Committee to support the protection, development and empowerment of children and youth in vulnerable situations through sport.
Working in cooperation with the United Nations, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), international organisations, non-governmental organisations and other foundations, the Olympic Refuge Foundation supports projects across the world to:
- create safe, basic and accessible sports facilities in areas where there are refugees, a displaced migrant population or internally displaced people, where all children and young people can play sport and take advantage of sport’s multiple benefits; and
- develop sporting activities that can be successfully implemented within these safe environments.

Matthew Lymbury

Heidi Fin

Clare is a connector and community builder who aims to educate, inspire and activate. With over 12 years experience in not-for-profit development and philanthropy, her work promotes the idea that ‘giving’ comes in many currencies, and helps people to harness their own unique power and purpose. She is now focussing her energies on the climate crisis. 

She is a member of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network and the global Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Clare was Next Generation Development Manager for the Art Gallery of NSW. She is a Director of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation, and on the Advisory Council for the Sydney Women’s Fund. She was a founding member of New Gen at Philanthropy Australia, and a delegate of the Nexus Global Youth Summit.

STRATEGIC ADVISORS

Chloe Melick

Chloe is one the most experienced cross-platform publicists in the UK, she has a wealth of experience working across the entertainment industry on a diverse range of ground-breaking artists, events and brands. After working as a publicist for Sony and Polydor Records, she co-founded Inside Out in 2021. It has grown into the UK’s leading independent music publicity agency, with award-winning artist and event campaigns. Artists: Lady Gaga, Lorde, Lily Allen, Christine and Christine and the Queens, George Ezra, Neneh Cherry, Wolf Alice and Alt-J. Client Projects for: Fender, Playstation, Green Man Festival, the NME Awards, Latitude Festival, the AIM Awards and Somerset House, Robyn’s Bjorn Borg clothing range; Lily Allen’s #1 selling book. Now launching an agency in her native Sydney she is keen to use her skills to make caring cool and to inspire deeper engagement on important issues.

Leanne De Souza

Leanne is a Co-Owner and Executive Director of the innovative music-technology company Nightlife Music, a trustee of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust (QPAC) and Chair of the Electronic Music Conference Advisory Board. Previously, Leanne held the role of Executive Director of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) after decades working in artist management. She has programmed music for the Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 and in 2019 curated the history of Brisbane music 1989-2019 for the Museum of Brisbane’s ‘High Rotation’ exhibition. Leanne is a life-member of Q Music, was awarded the 2019 National Live Music Award for “Excellence in Support of the Live Music Industry” and is a long-term local advocate for contemporary music, artist managers and gender equity in the Australian music industry. She was voted the 14th most influential person in the music industry in 2019. Importantly, Nightlife is an environmental leader in the music space. It has a strong sustainability framework, runs its whole operation and platform on solar and is upgrading its building to a 6 Star Green Rating.

George Ash

George's passion for music began through performing as a musician when he was a teenager. After holding positions at various companies including BMG NZ and PolyGram, Ash set up Universal Music NZ in 1995 before relocating to Australia in 2001 to become managing director of Universal Music Australia. Ash was then appointed president of Universal Music Australasia in 2010 before he became president of Universal Music Asia Pacific in 2013. He is also chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd (PPCA) and a member of the ARIA Board of Directors. He is proud of the way Australian artists and labels compete on the global stage, delivering unprecedented success for Australian music.

Luke Logemann

Luke listens to music all day, every day. Since he was 14 he wanted to run a record label and UNIFIED started 10 years ago as a merger between Luke’s Boomtown Records and Staple MGMT. He’s held many roles, including Chief Creative Officer, Manager (In Hearts Wake, Deez Nuts, Northlane) and Promoter (Unify Gathering / Unify Presents), while always running the label division. UNIFIED was nominated for 'Independent Label of the Year' in the 2021 AIR Awards and his team are committed to supporting the grassroots music scene that is the foundation of how artists develop their sounds and their art. To mark their 10th anniversary UNIFIED launched an eco-friendly vinyl series - 10 records using completely recycled materials and 100% carbon offset.

Jenny Ringland

A former News Corp journalist with over 15 years of media and communications experience, she founded niche publishing platform Green + Simple to empower everyday Australians to believe in the power of small change. She is also Marie Claire Australia’s sustainability expert. GREEN + SIMPLE is a media partner and will be doing: - Ambassador interviews - A feature of the 10 shortlisted music videos - An interview of winner

Paige X. Cho

Music is Paige’s first love and passion, and she connects music with audiences using data and insights. Using her psychology, education and marketing skills, Paige has helped clients sell millions of tickets, land #1 ARIA albums and release singles that have clocked over a billion Spotify streams. She is currently the Digital Marketing Team Lead and Senior Entertainment Strategist at Bolster, Australia’s premier entertainment & culture marketing agency. Clients include: Splendour In The Grass, Elton John, Adele, Sia, Queens of the Stone Age, Flume, Tame Impala, Falls Festival, Laneway Festival, Beyond The Valley and The xx. She's also on the Board for The Push (youth music NPO) and is an industry representative for Music Victoria’s COVID Advisory Panel.

Simon Jankelson

Simon believes that music has the power change the world. He is a designer, musician and songwriter who is passionate about designing and facilitating engaging workshops, creating platforms and writing music that empowers people to innovate for people and planet. He founded The Human Sound Project designing and facilitating workshops that harness the universal language of music to build collaboration, communication and creativity. Highlights included building bridges between Israeli and Palestinian leaders and empowering teamwork in Fortune 500 teams. It featured on Channel 10, TEDxSydney and VIVID ideas. Through A Sound Life he trained and co-ordinated hundreds of community musicians to deliver thousands of free music as therapy sessions impacting children and adults in hospitals, the aged, people living with a disability and with mental health conditions.

Jane Aslanidis

Jane is a global changemaker, bringing fresh perspectives to help others think and act differently so we can all make lasting change. She spent the last two years at Boston Consulting Group in London working for the Centre for Public Impact with a global remit consulting across Sustainability, Innovation and Intergovernmental initiatives. She worked in partnership to design the 5-stage prize process to select winners for 'The Earthshot Prize', spearheaded by Prince William. This global environmental Prize will award 50 million pounds, over the next decade, to discover and scale the solutions to the biggest challenges facing our planet. Prior, she worked for the UN World Food Programme in Rome (Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize 2020) and consulted for PwC in Sydney. At UNSW, she was President of the Student Council and advocated for 60,000 students.

Zoe Dent

Zoe is dedicated to enabling others make lifestyle choices that are better for them and the planet. She is the Co-Founder of Wondering Sol, a conscious range of sustainable products to help you adventure lightly. Their hero product is The Wanderer - a sustainable shopping trolley created to make plastic-free shopping possible. She is also an experienced Nutritionist and Wellbeing Consultant who share healthy living advice through Find Your Glow Nutrition. Prior, she Co-Founded a boutique registry called The Wedding Nest and managed Communications, Public Relations and Events for L’Occitane and Christian Dior Perfumes.

DIRECTORS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MUSIC LIMITED - THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT RUNNING THE PRIZE

Edwina Floch

In this time of exponential change, Edwina is interested in identifying catalysts that will rapidly shift the attitudes and behaviour that affect the world's biggest issues. She co-founded of Le Rosé Bleu, a French social-impact wine that raises awareness of ocean plastics and funds education and prevention initiatives in partnership with Plastic Oceans Foundation. She is on the Australian Committee of NEXUS and a member of Groundswell Giving. For the last three years headed Strategic Relationships at Documentary Australia Foundation, a not-for-profit that enables important social and environmental stories to access philanthropic funding and build strategic impact campaigns that empower audiences to take action.

Christina Chun

Christina is an honouree of the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list (social entrepreneur), a winner in Marie Claire’s Glass Ceiling Awards (celebrating trailblazing women who are inspiring social change) and is an avid problem solver in the social impact space. She is committed to building solutions that remove systemic barriers, and in providing equitable access to education and opportunities for young people. Over 10 years working in Education (startup, government), her impact projects have secured substantial investment and received recognition in Westpac’s Top 200 Businesses of Tomorrow. Now, with climate change being one of the most pressing concerns facing us and our planet, she is committed to mobilising young people far and wide to tap into their skills with the aim of inspiring climate action. Christina currently spends her days investing in youth-led projects, co-chairing the Social Enterprise Council of NSW and ACT and driving grassroots opportunities through schools.

Matthew Dent

Over a decade ago, Matt watched a talk by Simon Sinek explaining his Golden Circle model and how people and organisations can find their WHY. From then, it shaped his thinking and career decisions. Matt is the Co-Founder and Director of Impact 20/80, an investment and funds management business that pursues innovative co-created solutions that contribute to the growth of the Impact Investment sector. He is also the Director of Bright Energy, a fund that targets investments across renewable energy systems, and True Oak, who provide licensing services to financial service businesses with a shared vision of transitioning capital towards authentic social and environmental impact. Prior he held senior leadership positions at Bendigo & Adelaide Bank and Macquarie.