Scottish Classical Music Green Guide Released

  • 05 Aug 2021
  • Written by Nick Cullen
  • Blog

The Scottish Classical Music Green Guide is out now! A free guide written collaboratively by over 30 orchestras, ensembles, festivals and individual musicians from across Scotland, it 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.

The guide has been produced by the Scottish Classical Sustainability group. Founded in 2020, the group – for the first time – brought together all of Scotland’s major orchestras, as well as many of the other ensembles, festivals and individual musicians that comprise the nation’s thriving classical ecosystem, to discuss their responses to the climate crisis on a regular basis.

Although the guide is written with classical music in mind, it is relevant and applicable to all types of music, art and society. In the guide, you’ll find guidance and advice on making more sustainable travel choices, reducing emissions from your building, exploring sustainable programming, developing audience and musicians engagement, thinking about climate justice and many other topics.

Here are some suggestions from the Scottish Classical Sustainability Group for how to make the most of the guide:

  • Share it widely within your network: with friends and colleagues, different teams across your organisation – including musicians, and with senior management staff, and board/committee members.
  • Discuss it: online or in person. A discussion of the guide will provide a good opportunity to create momentum, engage in meaningful conversations and agree on actions.
  • Make it visible: the more people who read the guide, the more effective it will be! You can share it on social media and add news stories or blog posts to your website linking to the guide.
  • Arrange an event: if you would like to arrange an event for staff or audiences to talk about the ideas in the guide, and would like members of the Scottish Classical Sustainability Group to talk at this, drop them an email at: [email protected]
  • Nick Cullen

    Nick is a past coordinator for the Climate Fringe platform and Climate Fringe Festival, working on strategy, website development and communications. He spent two years at SCCS in the lead up to COP26 and led on developing the Homestay Network, volunteering programme, COVID-19 safety, and many other aspects of logistics and operations in collaboration with the COP26 Coalition.