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Environmental Music Prize opens for 2023 entries

Story Published Tuesday 24 January 2023

The Environmental Music Prize 2023 is now open for entries. The $20,000 prize recognises and rewards artists who inspire action for climate and conservation.

Entries close 12 March at 11:59pm AEDT

The Environmental Music Prize is run by a new not-for-profit that aims to catalyse a cultural response to the climate emergency by amplifying the voices of artists who are both releasing meaningful music and activating fans.

Talented Australian musicians across all genres are invited to submit music video releases that celebrate nature or touch on environmental themes.

Their song needs to have been released between 2020-2023 and the artist needs to express a desire to use their art and voice to raise awareness.


Last year, the inaugural prize saw an incredible outpouring of support from artists, media, environmental groups, music industry and audiences, resulting in over 50,000 views and 7,500 votes from 58 countries.

The winning song - 'If Not Now, Then When?' by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - is a powerful rhetorical statement that questions our inaction at this crucial time.

King Gizzard amplified their impact further by generously donating their $20,000 prize to The Wilderness Society to further conservation and support environmental education for artists.

ENVIRONMENTAL MUSIC PRIZE // Discover 2022 Finalists

This year’s finalist music videos will be selected by a committee of influential environmental and music leaders. They will shortlist diverse works that connect us to nature and reflect the hopes, fears and ambitions of the environmental movement.

Finalists will be announced around Earth Day and shared by an impressive list of Impact and Industry Partners that includes: Green Music Australia, Greenpeace, Ocean Impact Organisation, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and APRA AMCOS. The public will be invited to watch, vote and share - driving broad engagement and ensuring fans are committed to protecting our planet. The work that has resonated most with audiences will receive the publicly-voted prize.