AEG Presents Announces Newly Formed Climate Positive Touring Team
GROUP OF LEADING LIVE MUSIC EXECUTIVES BAND TOGETHER TO MOVE COMPANY AND INDUSTRY TOWARDS NET ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS TOURING BUSINESS
LOS ANGELES (May 6, 2021) – AEG Presents, a global leader in live events and entertainment, today announced the formation of Climate Positive Touring, a team of music industry professionals dedicated to moving the live business towards a greener future. Climate Positive Touring (CPT) is comprised of people who work across various business divisions at AEG Presents: Concerts West, Global Touring, International Touring, Marshall Arts, Messina Touring Group, and AEG Global Partnerships.
CPT is focused on reducing tour related carbon emissions to net zero or better, supporting locally led environmental and climate justice programs and creating impact on both the operations side of touring, as well as the experience itself. Artists, fans, crews, and employees are encouraged to actively participate in the dialogue about the many benefits of climate awareness, responsibility, and collective action.
“AEG Presents has the ability and structure to really make a global impact in moving our entire business – which has had a traditionally significant carbon footprint – toward a zero emissions future,” said Jay Marciano, Chairman and CEO, AEG Presents and COO, Office of the Chairman, AEG. “The company’s reach enables us to execute at every level of the live experience: from clubs and theatres to arenas, global tours, and festivals. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Climate Positive Touring group begins to implement their plans as the business starts to reopen this year.”
Added CPT’s co-head, Amy Morrison: “With light at the end of the tunnel, we feel it’s the right time to announce CPT and our short- and long-term strategies. We’ve been working on this since the earliest days of the shutdown. Now that live music is coming back, we can put our goals into action. As promoters, we will literally put our message on the road, modelling achievable sustainability, with the power of music in our sails.”
CPT has created and deployed two major initiatives. Their Venue Environmental Survey is a resource to gather reliable data that allow venues, artists and CPT to work together to identify sustainability priorities and solutions. The CPT Green Touring Guide is being developed to lead through example and innovation, and to provide guidance and insights promoters can utilize in the hopes of showing both venues and artists a path forward to net zero or better carbon emissions. The first installment of the Guide, named “The Starting Seven.” is a compendium of seven actions promoters can take to start to make a positive environmental impact.
The AEG Presents CPT team is a cross representation of the live events business that includes team members from production, marketing, and operations. Collectively, they possess a deep institutional knowledge of every aspect of the live events business, and bring with them a global perspective and reach that touch all parts of the touring ecosystem: from reusable cups and utensils at bars and concessions all the way up to large-scale stage production, transportation and arena infrastructure.
Co-headed by Amy Morrison and Nicole Neal, Climate Positive Touring is: Jon Baden, Amy Buck, Caroline Burruss, Kelly DiStefano, Kate Lewis, Mike Luba, Ben Martin, Alexandra McArthur, Kate McMahon, David Rappaport, and Connie Shao, and works in collaboration with AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s corporate sustainability program.
ABOUT AEG PRESENTS
Combining the power of the live event with a focus on true artist development, AEG Presents is a world leader in the music and entertainment industries. Operating across four continents, the company has an unparalleled commitment to artistry, creativity, and community. Its tentpole festivals and multi-day music events — which include the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, the legendary New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, British Summer Time at Hyde Park, Stagecoach, Hangout Festival, Electric Forest, and Firefly — continue to set the bar for the live music experience alongside such renowned clubs and theaters as Webster Hall, Eventim Apollo, Mission Ballroom, The Roxy and Forest Hills Stadium, to name a few. AEG Presents promotes global tours for such artists as Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Celine Dion, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift, in addition to creating and developing an unmatched infrastructure for artist development and audience reach through its network of clubs, theatres, arenas, stadiums, renowned wholly owned brands Concerts West and Goldenvoice, and partner brands Messina Touring Group, Frontier Touring, The Bowery Presents, PromoWest Productions, Marshall Arts, and Zero Mile Presents. More information can be found at www.aegpresents.com.
ABOUT AEG 1EARTH
Since 2007, AEG's industry-leading corporate sustainability program, AEG 1EARTH, has remained at the forefront of environmental stewardship. Committed to reducing its environmental impact through responsible operations and sustainable design and construction, the AEG 1EARTH program measures operational data from across the company's global venues, festivals and music tours and applies material and science-based goals that are reviewed and assessed annually. It also advocates for the adoption of sustainable practices through partnerships with fans, employees, sponsors, and communities.