We are delighted to have been awarded the WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2019 Professional Excellence Award for ‘exceptional achievements of an individual, group or an organisation in music’ to be presented at an Awards Ceremony later this October.
In the words of the organiser Piranha Arts the Award honours our ‘forward-thinking strategies to speed up the attainment of environmental sustainability in every facet of our industry and professional lives’, our ‘rallying of artists and arts professionals from all over the world to speak and act in one powerful group’ and our ‘status as a figurehead in the global arts movement in the face of climate change and ecological disaster’.
“”Climate change and our environment are global challenges which necessitate a global response. Many of the most extreme impacts are being felt by the most vulnerable communities, often in the global south: justice, fairness and equity are at the heart of environmental action. This award is not just for Julie’s Bicycle team, but for all those music pioneers who are raising awareness, bringing together our kindred communities, regenerating music practice and protecting all beings that share our earth. Thank you WOMEX.”” – JB Director Alison Tickell.
Find out more about our work to decarbonise the music sector and galvanise musical voices in the climate crisis: from our work on Music Declares Emergency, our work to help cement and celebrate the climate credentials of organisations such as Festival Republic and Shambala through the Creative Green Programme, our annual residencies at The Great Escape and ADE Green, and the regular creation of free resources such as the Green Music Guide and a recent webinar on green touring – music has always been a key focus of Julie’s Bicycle work. We are thrilled to receive this prestigious accolade as we push onwards into a future played in a more sustainable key.
Image copyright @ Yannis Psathas 2018