- The rider includes requests such as the use of clean, reusable items at shows and more sustainable modes of transportation.
United Independent Music Agencies (UIMA) has announced the Green Rider initiative.
Founded at the start of the pandemic, UIMA is a coalition of European booking agencies fighting to reduce the music industry's heavy carbon footprint. The rider is organized into three categories—hospitality, travel and ground transport—and contains requests such as the use of clean, reusable items, reduction of food waste, minimal use of air travel and the supply of local organic food.
"We all have a responsibility for the preservation of the earth," reads the Green Rider. "Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to be completely eco-friendly in this industry, but through communication and requests below, we hope that we can develop a greener way of touring."
The UIMA Green Rider is part of a Green Charter that the coalition currently has in the works, which will mention initiatives such as cloud services on green server parks and an EU artist pass modelled after the Interrail Global Pass.
UIMA includes agencies such as Octopus Agents, AD, Meanwhile and We Are E. Together, these agencies represent more than 500 artists, including Circle Of Live, Steve Rachmad, DJ Nobu, Job Jobse and Nastia.
Read the Green Rider in full.
Last month, climate action collective Clean Scene released a report into dance music's carbon footprint. Yesterday, Brian Eno launched his own environmental sustainability initiative for the music industry called EarthPercent.
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