BYOBottle Partners: Shook Twins, Plastic Free July, Steelys at Outside Lands,
BYOBottle Artists Ben Harper & Jack Johnson with Deva Mahal at Byron Bay Bluesfest, Fruition, Keb’ Mo’
Greetings BYOBottle Partners!
We, as a music industry, look forward to coming together again in person soon. While we wait for tours to get back on the road, it gives us a chance to consider our practices, so that the music scene can emerge more resilient, sustainable, and equitable than ever before. BYOBottle represents a diverse and dynamic community and we continue to promote respect for people and the planet. The music industry and BYOBottle partners have joined millions around the world to say #TheShowMustBePaused and to take an urgent step of action to promote systemic change and equality. We will continue to listen, learn, connect and take action in support of the black community and racial justice everywhere.
In April, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 1-year anniversary since the global launch of the BYOBottle campaign. We find ourselves in quite a different reality than one year ago – exploring a virtual music scene and connecting with each other digitally. We are grateful to Green Music Australia who created this campaign in Australia and to all of the incredible global music industry partners who have joined the momentum to turn the tide on plastic pollution. We are proud to have the support of 233 Artists, 75 Venues & Festivals and 79 Non-Profit & Business Partners worldwide!
➤ BYOBottle – Highlights & Actions:
- BYOBottle partners have joined millions to help turn the tide against systemic racism. Air Copeland, the Executive Director of BYOBottle Non-Profit Partner 5 Gyres is sharing powerful messages and encouraging allies to dive deeper and explore this Anti-Racism Toolkit. Plastic Pollution Coalition published a Solidarity Statement and resource list, highlighting the powerful connection between environmental justice and social justice. BYOBottle artists G. Love, Nahko and Lettuce are part of the upcoming Justice Comes Alive virtual music festival June 28th to harness the power of music, and support black and indigenous led organizations combating racism.
- Thanks to our BYOBottle partners getting creative in sharing music while live shows are shut down. BYOBottle founder Jack Johnson joined fellow BYOBottle musicians Ben Harper, G. Love, and Lukas Nelson to celebrate at the Kōkua Festival 2020 – Live From Home. The livestream was a benefit for BYOBottle Non-Profit Partner Kōkua Hawaii Foundation, as well as COVID-19 relief efforts promoting food security in Hawaii. Lukas Nelson is also recording Quarantunes sessions, Remember Jones hosts a virtual Cocktail Hour, and Dave Matthews Band offers a drive-in concert series with a charity spotlight. Lollapalooza is sharing out Lolla from the Vault performances benefitting Crew Nation. REVERB is posting Picks of the Week highlighting streaming artists, and Live Nation is promoting Live From Home.
- Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner oceans and communities. Learn more and take the Plastic Free July Challenge. On June 25th, BYOBottle Non-Profit Partner Plastic Pollution Coalition is hosting a webinar, “Getting Ready for Plastic Free July” to discuss alternatives to single-use plastic and share tips for engagement.
- BYOBottle Non-Profit Partners have been sharing important resources about the safety of reusables. UPSTREAM created Reusable Resources for the Moment including the recent announcement: 115 Health Experts Addressing Safety of Reusables during COVID-19. Check out the Surfrider Foundation blog: Plastic Pollution During the Pandemic: Reusables are Still Safe, as well as the Green Music Australia article: Reusables Are Still Safe to Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic.