[NB This article was updated 14 December 2022]
The 2022 $20,000 Environmental Music Prize launched in Australia during UN Climate Summit.
Entries opened 3 November 2021 and closed 11 February 2022.
Stay tuned for information about the 2023 Environmental Music Prize.
The Environmental Music Prize is a new $20,000 prize that celebrates artists and amplifies powerful music videos that inspire action for climate and conservation.
It is being launched by not-for-profit Environmental Music Limited who have partnered with an impressive list of Impact Partners to amplify reach and accelerate impact.
These include: APRA AMCOS, Green Music Australia, Universal Music Australia, Unified Music Group, Music Victoria, Greenpeace, Ocean Impact Organisation and The Wilderness Society.
There are numerous objectives behind the launch of an environmental music prize:
- Support artists with new opportunities that acknowledge and reward music that makes a difference.
- Encourage talented artists to write beautiful, powerful songs about nature.
- Crowdsource the creative genius of many to accelerate environmental action.
- Share hopeful messages that inspire change.
- Build a movement of artists who are committed to using their voice.
- Reach new audiences and build mainstream support.
Music Ambassadors Montaigne and Anna Lunoe were joined by other high-profile artists who encouraged their peers to create meaningful music that connects the listeners to nature.
Including APRA AMCOS, a diverse group of aligned organisations have jumped on board to encourage their networks to vote: Green Music Australia, Unified Music Group, Greenpeace Australia, Australian Progress and NEXUS Australia.
APRA AMCOS is proud to be an Impact Partner for this Prize run by Environmental Music, alongside other associations: Green Music Australia, Universal Music Australia, Unified Music Group, Music Victoria, Greenpeace, Ocean Impact Organisation, The Wilderness Society, Australian Parents for Climate Action and School Strike 4 Climate.
Entries opened 3 November 2021 and closed 11 February 2022. Australian artists who are residents or citizens were invited to submit original songs released in the last 4 years (2018-2021) in video format.
Entries were shortlisted by a committee of environmental leaders and music experts, before the public were invited to vote for a winner in February 2022. The winner was awarded the $20,000 prize.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's song 'If Not Now Then When' won the 2022 competition. Find out more about the song and the other 2022 finalists here.
Stay tuned to find out more about the 2023 Environmental Music Prize.