European Forum on Music Online Series

Climate Action: Music as a Driver for Change

A series of online events that will focus on the connection between music and ecological sustainability.

After having cancelled the European Forum on Music 2020 (EFM) – due to the Covid-19 crisis – the EMC has decided to put a series of events online to discuss with musical artists, policy makers and environmental experts how music activities can contribute to the protection of our environment. While the Covid-19 crisis puts enormous pressure on the music sector at large, it is clearer than before that any way out needs to put attention to environmental aspects.

The EFM Online Series will ask how the music sector can act more eco-friendly, how music can help raise awareness for the need of climate action in general, and how the music sector can support activists in their efforts to put environmental issues high on the political agendas.
These series are supported by EMC funders and by NAMM.

► Act now - Music & Climate Action

5 June 2020 - 11:30-12:30 CEST

The first event was in the frame of the Beethoven Pastoral Project. On 5 June, World Environment Day, the Pastoral Day celebrated Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and his dedication to nature. It was a reminder that environmental protection and global sustainability are key to the future of our societies.
The panel discussion brought together musical artists with an ecological mindset and political decision makers from the EU to debate framework conditions for artists and their audience in order to respect the environment, be artistically active and reach out to the audiences.
The panel discussion was organised in cooperation with BTHVN2020 and partner of the Beethoven Pastoral Project.

Check the panel discussion & the speakers here


► Online Workshop: Music & Sustainability

18 June 2020 - 14:00-17:00 CEST

The second part of our EFM Online Series will be a workshop organised in cooperation with GO Group and the Green Music Initiative. On 18 June 2020 from 14:00-17:00, we invite our members and all interested music stakeholders to discover and discuss on initiatives and ways of transforming the music sector towards a more environmentally sustainable one.

Check the programme and speakers  here


► Featured project on Music & Climate Action

The European Music Council had selected a set of projects putting music and climate action together, which were to be presented at the European Forum on Music in Bonn. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, they are now being presented online so get inspired and discover all these great initiatives enabling the music sector to become more environmentally sustainable and reducing its impact on the climate.

Check the projects here


► Online Conference reader

The EMC prepared a collection of articles and best practices for the 9th European Forum on Music on Climate Action: Music as a Driver for Change in its digital format. A selection of eight articles, extracts from publications and reports, were put together to give complementary information to our online series through the different layers of the theme at the heart of this year’s Forum. Divided in three main strands which represent key aspects of the music sector in regards of environment, the conference reader aims to provide additional views to what was proposed in the different events held.