EJN presents a comprehensive Green Rider for organising sustainable tours and events



Today at inJazz, the Dutch professional meeting & festival, we are presenting our new web platform that collects tools, tips and concrete examples to reduce the environmental impact of tours and events: the EJN Green Rider, specifically addressed to organisers, artists, managers and audience.

This rider is the result of many years of collecting information and testing new models within the EJN membership, and of organising the results with the help of specialised organisations.

Since 2014, EJN has been discussing, researching, implementing and advocating for the adoption of environmental policies and more sustainable technical riders in our music sector. Our flagship project - Take the Green Train - has been a source of inspiration for our members, and a testing ground for innovation. Having previously shared recommendations for a ‘green rider’ for venues and festivals, we are now publishing this new section on our website, which includes broader guidelines for environmental sustainability in the creative music sector.

The EJN Green Rider has evolved from the technical rider that Julie’s Bicycle first developed in 2017. This was adopted in the same year for a solo “green pilot tour” of saxophone legend Evan Parker by train in Europe. Since then, this initial version of the rider (built for a solo, acoustic tour) has been discussed and developed through different working groups of EJN members. It has functioned as a working document – one that has constantly evolved – and has been used by many members for their events, and has been shared at many conferences and seminars by EJN and partners.

The EJN Green Rider has now taken its final shape with the help of Fondazione Ecosistemi, who provided technical knowledge and concrete examples of the benefits that using these guidelines will bring, presented in order of relevance and impact.

We want to inspire different actors of the music sector to take concrete and positive steps forward, each one in its own capacity and role: organisers, audience members and artists/managers, therefore the web rider is divided in these three categories, with ad hoc recommendations for each of them.

Click here to access the EJN Green Rider.