IMPALA has today (November 29) announced that it’s Outstanding Contribution Award has been given to Music Declares Emergency, the UK organisation formed by a collection of artists, music professionals, individuals and Julie’s Bicycle in 2019.
Music Declares Emergency works with the UK music industry to improve sustainable practices and calls for systemic changes from government to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
In July, MDE declared a Climate and Ecology Emergency, which attracted thousands of signatures from all sectors of the UK music industry, including artists such as The 1975, Foals, Radiohead, Robyn and Massive Attack.
Speaking about the award, IMPALA executive chair Helen Smith said: "This movement seizes the power of the music sector to take action and inspire change. 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."
Music Declares Emergency spokesperson added: "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. 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."
IMPALA executive chair Helen Smith concluded: "One of IMPALA’s aims with this award is to highlight initiatives that are exceptional for our sector. We invite all artists, organisations and citizens to sign the Declaration."
Earlier in the week, IMPALA announced it is to formally oppose the strategic partnership between Tencent Holdings and Universal Music Group.