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Making Eco-Minded Music

A lot of aspects of living are becoming more environmentally focused.

One area, though, that may not be as publicized for doing so is the music industry.

An original study done in the UK found that around 540,000 tons of greenhouse gasses are released annually from the music trade.

When investigating the various sectors involved in bringing music to the masses the analysis found that 43% of this was from viewer travel, 26% was caused from recording and publishing and 23% occurred as the byproduct of live shows.

Along with these statistics, the Huffington Post offers 9 captions of example efforts to make music greener in recent years. From ecologically minded musicians to festivals and merchandise, greening up music is an inventive process. One big endeavor with a bigger payoff is scrutinizing the actual production of a music show.

To make festivals and events better places to enjoy music there are things in place like the non-profit organization Reverb and its associated project the Green Music Group.

Reverb is the matrimonially inspired creation and story of environmentalist meets musician. The goal is to green up the music touring business, but Reverb doesn’t just sell green ideas to clients. With a practical theorization that when everyone works together big things can happen, they provide a sustainable answer to music’s quest for greener ways.

The company works directly with bands to make every aspect of their tours more environmentally friendly, taking a hands-on approach and even providing outreach services to fans. Some offerings for the fan base include a carbon offsetting program, website with information describing all green aspects of particular music tours and online carpooling resources for shows.

Green Music Group is a collaborative of ecologically like-minded musicians, business executives and fans who seek better music ventures. Tours and locations are given a green makeover but the group goes further, reinventing label standards to meet environmental concerns, providing information and developing innovative resources for areas like mentoring and grants.

In addition to examining the actual touring and what it entails, music professionals are also looking closer at practices to ensure that only sustainable products, like wood, are used in making equipment. Several companies have been onboard with this common sense concept for a while, and only buy legitimately collected, certified music gear, products and regulated woods that are obtained with viable means in mind. Using only natural selections that are attained through ethical practices with others as well as respectful and lawful land observances are fundamental requirements. Some are even looking into recycled woods and products made from quality wood alternatives in order to meet changing demands.

Music has always held the influence to convey powerful messages, and the role it has played in furthering attention and action to environmental issues is no exception.

For an interesting read that discusses music’s historical relationship with Greenpeace, check out the article Music Plays a Vital Role in Greenpeace Activism. The topics pursued years ago still hold relevant today, and music continues to be rooted as a powerful voice for inspiration and environmental change.


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