The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has formed a Climate Action Group to help reduce the sector’s carbon footprint.
Following the launch of Music Declares Emergency (MDE), which calls for a governmental response to the climate emergency, the AIM Climate Action Group will provide practical steps on how independent music businesses can tackle climate change.
The group will use the collective power of the AIM membership to lobby for governmental and legislative reform, negotiate preferential rates on environmentally friendly services and create cultural change through the public influence of members and their artists.
It was formed by a number of AIM board member companies and founding members of MDE including Ninja Tune, Brownswood, Full Time Hobby, Secretly Group, Rock Action, Warp, Beggars Group and Domino.
Having held its first meeting in June, the group will convene regularly to discuss ideas for AIM members to reduce their impact on the environment. It will work closely with experts like Julie’s Bicycle, a charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.
AIM will also work with its international counterparts to help mobilise and inform the global independent community on climate change.
Critical issues like touring, business travel and the manufacturing, packaging and shipping of physical product are all on the agenda.
Jude McArdle, AIM membership manager, said: ‘The climate emergency is a very real and immediate threat to our planet and way of life.
‘By taking practical steps in our own business practices, AIM and its members can create a positive impact and lead as an example in the massive challenge we have ahead of us.
‘Music has always held an incredible power to create culturally-driven sociological change. Now is the time to harness that power with the collective might of the independent sector.’
Peter Quicke, chair of the AIM Board and MD of Ninja Tune said: ‘We are the first generation to know beyond reasonable doubt that our actions will result in climate cataclysm if we do not take concerted and consistent action. The AIM Climate Action Group is our way of ensuring that is happening.’
AIM members can view this information in more detail by exploring the ‘sustainability’ category at www.aim.org.uk/#/resources