Launched Today – Scottish Classical Music Green Guide!

OUT NOW! We’re delighted to announce the launch of the Scottish Classical Music Green Guide.

Read and download the guide by visiting the Creative Carbon Scotland website here.

In July 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we joined forces with Scottish Ensemble to found the Scottish Classical Sustainability Group. The group brings together, for the first time, all of Scotland’s major orchestras, many smaller ensembles, festivals and musicians, as well as representatives from Creative Scotland, Creative Carbon Scotland, Musicians’ Union and the Association of British Orchestras to discuss the climate crises on a regular basis, share best practice and act as a unified sector. In 2021 the Scottish Classical Sustainability Group won the Environmental Sustainability Award at the Scottish Awards for New Music.

One year on, we are delighted to be able to share this free guide. Written collaboratively with learning and contributions from our 30+ members, it contains knowledge and guidance on reducing carbon emissions in all aspects of our work. Examples of good practice and sustainable thinking from across the sector include contributions from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Drake Music Scotland, Red Note Ensemble and many more!

In the guide, you’ll find guidance and advice on making more sustainable travel choices, exploring sustainable programming, developing audience and musician engagement, thinking about climate justice and many other topics. Whether you are a musician, a team member or in a position of leadership, a small ensemble, a festival or a symphony orchestra, the guide aims to be useful and applicable throughout your work and we encourage you to share it widely.

We are thrilled to be launching this document and hope that it goes a long way in helping create a more sustainable classical music sector in Scotland and the cultural sector as a whole. As the world faces the very real and serious threat of the climate emergency, music and the arts have such an important role to play in changing cultural norms and helping make seismic and urgent shifts in the way we live our lives. At Nevis Ensemble, we are proud to be part of such a positive movement in Scotland and hope that the commitment, innovation and ambition shown here will inspire many.