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The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is committed to a sustainable future.


Working in partnership with Green Music Australia, in 2018 we are working towards a single-use-plastics-free Festival. We are asking our venues, artists, partners, sponsors, funding partners, members, volunteers and audiences to join us in supporting this initiative.


Here’s what we are doing:


  • In our back-of-house areas we will be providing reusable drink bottles from GMA’s “Refill Not Landfill Library”, and sustainably sourced filtered water for artists and crew. This replaces the previous practice of buying slabs and slabs of bottled water. Venue crew will be encouraged to provide their own refillable bottles – and thanks to Yamaha Music Australia [link] we will be providing bottles for anyone backstage who leaves theirs at home!
  • In our front-of-house areas we are lobbying venues to sell glass-bottled water rather than plastic, and to replace drinking station disposable plastic cups with glassware or hygienic multiple-use plastic alternatives
  • In venues that sell food, we encourage them to use sustainably-sourced materials and avoid unnecessary plastic (such as cups, straws and cutlery)
  • Our wonderful volunteers are encouraged to supply their own refillable water bottles


More broadly, Melbourne International Jazz Festival has a long-standing Sustainability Code of Practice which looks to embed eco-initiatives into our ongoing programming and practices. This Code of Practice covers operations, transport and procurement across the whole organisation.


We have also pledged to support Take 2 – the Victorian Government’s climate change pledge. Find out more here or view our pledge here .


This is an ongoing process and we will continue to refine and develop our sustainability practice. If you have any suggestions as to how we can continue to improve please email info @