Resources and information

‘Turn Up the Volume’ – a survey of music fans’ attitudes towards climate change & music sustainability, by Daniel Shaw, Matt Brennan, David McKeever, and Mark Wong, May 2022. “[M]usic fans are more engaged with environmental issues than the general public. This includes being more likely to care about climate change and place a higher priority on tackling climate change in general and within the music industry… there is evidence that many music fans are prepared to change their consumption habits to support more sustainable products and practices”.

“How Can Music Help Us to Address the Climate Crisis?” – an article by Helen Prior published in “Music and Science”, February 2022. “The problem of climate change is becoming increasingly well-established in public discourse, and yet individuals frequently fail to act in an environmentally-friendly manner. Within the field of environmental psychology, several empirically-based theories have been developed to aid the understanding of why individuals behave in the ways that they do in relation to the environment. This article examines a selection of these theories, and makes an attempt to identify areas in which research in music psychology provides evidence to suggest that music could play a role in influencing environment-related beliefs and behaviours.”

Read about how Edinburgh’s Festivals are taking action on climate change, aiming to reach net zero emissions by 2030.

I’ve written an article for Making Music on Choirs For Climate – read it here. “Choirs are uniquely placed to speak truth to the powerful with the songs that we choose for them to hear, and I believe that someday, the right song in the right place will help to save our world.”

PRiSM (RNCM Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music) Scientist in Residence, Rose Pritchard, writes on “Music Responding to Environmental Crises” – read her blog and future plans here.

The Scottish Classical Music Green Guide: A free guide written collaboratively by over 30 orchestras, ensembles, festivals and individual musicians from across Scotland, this contains knowledge on how to reduce carbon emissions in all aspects of your work. The guide is intended to be relevant and useful to you whether you are an individual musician, part of a team, or in a position of leadership. For theatre makers, The Theatre Green Book is a similar resource, bringing together theatre-makers and sustainability experts to create a common standard for making theatre sustainably.

Resources from Creative Scotland:
Understanding digital emissions
Climate policy

Love Soul Choir – going paperless and more – a guest post by Dan Cooper of Love Soul Choir

On 24th June 2021 Music Declares Emergency presented Choirs Addressing Climate Change, a panel for choir leaders and participants discussing issues around the Climate Emergency & plans for COP26, with panellists Ben See, Chris Hutchings, Naveen Arles, Naala and Aubrey Meyer. Find out more and watch the recording here.

Can Music Ever Be Green? An Overview Of The Changing Musical Climate – a paper by Charles Mauleverer, originally published in Anthroposphere, the Oxford climate review.