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Environmental Action Program


In 2022, Music Victoria undertook the Green Action Program. Delivered by Green Music Australia in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, the 11-week program upskilled six Victorian based music businesses to help them understand, monitor and improve their environmental impact.

In addition to increasing Music Victoria’s knowledge of their environmental impact and sphere of influence, a primary outcome of the program was to develop an Environmental Action Plan to improve Music Victoria’s environmental impact.


Our Commitment to the Environment

As leaders in the Victorian music community, we are committed to demonstrating best practice in the sector and working towards the state’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

We consider the environmental impact in all things we do.

We strive to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and will endeavour to educate the Victorian music industry to do the same.

We listen to, and are led by, the First Peoples of these lands who have been custodians of Country for over 60,000 years. We recognise that they have deep knowledge of land and water management, ecosystems and preservation.

We are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These provide a roadmap to address the world’s most pressing challenges by 2030, including climate change, inequality and education. Through this alignment, Music Victoria’s Environmental Action Plan supports local and global efforts to care for our natural environment.

Environmental Working Group

A cornerstone to the delivery of the Environmental Action Plan is the establishment of an Environmental Working Group (EWG). This group will guide the delivery of the plan and ensure appropriate consultation is conducted. The group will consist of 3-4 staff members from different parts of the organisation and provide recommendations to the CEO and Board. Staff are invited to nominate for the EWG and are appointed by the CEO.

The Environmental Working Group will develop performance indicators that will enable Music Victoria to evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of the Environmental Action Plan with results on the effectiveness and outcomes reported annually. The CEO will approve a proposed schedule of activities prior to the commencement of each financial year.

2022-2025 Goals

  • Select interested staff members
  • establish regular progress meetings and agenda
  • ensure First Peoples voices are included either on the EWG or as guests

Dates: June 2022 – June 2025

  • Ensure environment is considered in all activities and write down procedures for ensuring this

  • Ensure current and new staff are briefed

  • Include flexible working arrangements and encourage staff to reduce personal carbon emissions through transport choices

  • Include annual internal workshop for staff led by First Peoples on Country

Dates: July 2022 – August 2022

  • Review current data

  • Ensure all items in the action plan are measured

Dates: July 2022 – August 2022

  • Support Collingwood Yards in starting an environmental working group

  • Contribute to and support action to switch to solar, use renewable energy and reduce waste at Collingwood Yards

Dates: July 2022 – June 2025

  • Meet with Green Music Australia CEO on a quarterly basis

  • Explore potential MOU or strategic partnership agreement

  • Collate and collaborate on best practice resources and share with mutual audiences

  • Deliver at least (1) environmental music workshop per year, in partnership with Green Music Australia, for Music Victoria members

Dates: August 2022 – June 2025

  • Create comms plan
  • Make EAP publicly available
  • Update email signatures to link to a page that encourages environmental action

Dates: October 2022 – November 2022

  • Audit of current plastic useage and toxicity of products currently in use

  • Include plastic policy in staff handbook

  • Switch to environmentally friendly alternatives

Dates: October 2022

  • Collaborate with others in the Green Action Program

  • Do an audit of current suppliers

  • Look into food/beverage options. Consider: Fair trade, recycled content, reduced packaging, uses less energy, low toxicity, transport (carbon miles), plastic, FN suppliers, local, vegetarian, only order what we need.

Dates: October 2022 – November 2022

Dates: November 2022 – December 2022

  • Brainstorm ways to reduce emissions/waste
  • Collect data from artists, patrons, staff
  • Collect data from suppliers/contractors
  • Collect emission data from venue
  • Develop benchmarks and recommendations for future events

Dates: June 2022 – December 2022

  • Investigate ways to improve digital sustainability and read through Green Music Australia’s resources

  • Produce desktop review research paper on digital sustainability and deliver digital sustainability workshop through VMDO

  • Provide recommendation to EWG.

  • Meet with IT support to develop plan to improve digital sustainability

Dates: January 2023 – March 2023

Dates: July 2022 – June 2023


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