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IMPALA awards Music Declares Emergency

By | Published on Friday 29 November 2019

Music Declares Emergency

Pan-European indie label trade group IMPALA has announced that its annual Outstanding Contribution Award is this year going to the UK-based Music Declares Emergency climate change campaign.

The launch of MDE in July saw an assortment of companies and artists from all across the UK music community come together to join other campaign groups which had formally declared a climate and ecological emergency. The initiative has since been very vocal in calling for greater government action on climate change, while also pushing the wider music industry to become “ecologically sustainable and regenerative”.

Since then musicians from Radiohead to Billie Eilish have lent their support, with over 1250 artists, more than 600 companies and organisations, and over 500 individual music industry professionals and music fans now formally signed up.

“This movement seizes the power of the music sector to take action and inspire change”, says IMPALA Executive Chair Helen Smith. “It is important to join forces and to encourage collective action for climate. IMPALA’s award recognises the unique role this project plays in the call for emergency action to protect the future of our planet”.

A spokesperson for Music Declares Emergency adds: “The response of the UK music industry, and others outside of the UK to our declaration has been overwhelming and extremely encouraging. We believe that music can change cultures and be a positive force. It is urgent to understand the gravity of the climate crisis”.

“It is our responsibility to call on government and to act”, they continue. “Our ambition is to accelerate collaboration to have a real impact on these critical targets, now. We all need to play our part in combating the climate crisis and to receive European recognition from IMPALA is a moment of real importance for Music Declares Emergency”.

You can find out more about MDE and sign up to the declaration here.