JB launched three reports on the carbon impact of touring – Bands, Orchestras and Theatres under the titleÂ Moving Arts: Managing the Carbon Impacts of our Touring. It was nine months work and it really felt like it. JB analysed nearly 100 international tour samples ranging from small club artists, chamber orchestras and small touring companies to stadium tours, symphony orchestras and major west end productions.
JB launched the Bands report at some of the country’s most iconic venues:Â the music industry came to the Royal Albert Hall with keynote speaker the awesomeÂ John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility, Theatre was launched at the National Theatre with inspired guest speakersÂ Jonathon Porritt, andÂ Nick Starr, CEO of the National Theatre and Orchestras launchedÂ at the Royal Festival Hall which coincided with 350th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Society & the European premiere of Icarus: At the Edge of Time byÂ Brian Greene andÂ Philip Glass.
Huge thanks to Jonathon and all at Forum for the Future, and to Nick and all at the National, and toÂ Chris Cotton and his team at the Royal Albert Hall for their real support and leadership. Also toÂ Jude Kelly and toÂ Marshall Marcus at the Southbank Centre, Mark Pemberton and Keith Motson (ABO), Henry Little (Orchestras Live),Â and everyone else for their help – not least our fundersÂ Cathy Graham, Andrew Jonesand the British Council,Â Susanna Eastburn and the Arts Council,Â Rob Hallett and AEG andÂ Simon Moran and SJM. Also all our panel members who critiqued (occasionally uncomfortable) and committed to (always inspired)Â the work:Jazz Summers, Chris Yorke, Bryan Grant, Rachel Tackley, Kathryn Macdowell, Sally Cowling and – specially,Â Catherine Bottrill (twice the average brain),Â Christina Tsiarta (same again). And the 500 or so people who came to the events.