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- Panel To Debate Music Industry’s Effect On Environment.
- Can Industry Afford To Go Green In A Time Of Recession?

Whilst the music industry is generally concerned with creating heat for their artists it is unavoidably also a major contributor towards climate change. On March 30th, MusicTank, Julie’s Bicycle and Knowledge Connect will host a debate looking at whether the music industry can actually afford to make real sacrifices in the name of the environment or whether it is better placed sticking to benefit concerts and easy slogans.

The truth is that musicians may publicly and loudly beat the drum for environmental causes but from album packaging and manufacture to continent crossing tours and festivals, all too often the machine that powers their careers is belching out a fog of pollutants. This needn’t be the case though and many music organisations have made great strides in cleaning up their acts but, as we lumber through this recession, how many green initiatives will be sidelined by cost cutting measures? Many will argue that we can’t afford to go green, not just yet at any rate. This evening’s debate will sort fact from fiction and examine what sustainability measures are sustainable by the music business at this point in time.

Confirmed speakers include: Tony Wadsworth, Chairman of the BPI, who has spearheaded a campaign on CD packaging with record labels, Jon Webster, CEO of the Music Manager’s Forum, Catherine Bottrill, scientist, and Andrew Haworth, Environmental Manager at Live Nation, together they will discuss the opportunities, dilemmas and costs of tackling climate change with the music industry. The Chair is Keith Harris.

Tickets incl. drinks.
Ticket prices are subsidised by Knowledge Connect.

All places MUST be booked and paid for in advance via

Should you have aany further queries regarding this event please do not hesitate to contact me at: [email protected] or visit us at:

Julie’s Bicycle was formed in April 2007 by a group of people concerned about climate change who wanted to find ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the UK music industry. A business initiative of the University of Westminster, MusicTank programmes and produces seminars and debates each year, focused on developing innovation and best practice within the music industry

Added by tylerj on March 19, 2009

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