Introducing Murmur, a Charity Uniting Art and Climate Science

Music and visual arts organisations are joining forces to tackle climate change through the launch of Murmur, a brand new UK-based charity. Founded by Caius Pawson from the Young record label and Matthew Slotover of art magazine Frieze, Murmur has already raised over £1 million in pledges from both visual art and music worlds to support climate crisis initiatives and advocate for sustainable solutions.

Murmur is an opportunity for the leading voices and businesses in the art and music industries to show that they take responsibility for their impact on the planet and are committed to addressing climate change,” says the charity. 


Founding partners include galleries Hauser & Wirth, Mendes Wood and Thomas Dane; LUMA Arles and LUMA Foundation; international art organisation Frieze; art advisory Alexandra Mollof Fine Art; record label Beggars. Murmur is also supported by  the European organisation of independent music companies IMPALA and the artist Wolfgang Tillmans. To become a partner, organisations must not only pledge annual financial contributions but also commit to measure and reduce their own carbon emissions in line with science-based targets.




“Art can influence society by changing opinions, instilling values and translating experiences,” it adds. “Artists and the arts industries have the potential to ignite a critical mass of action on the climate crisis and to be leaders on this vital issue”.


Murmur is establishing new standards for tangible climate action in the visual arts and music sectors. The fund’s main goals are to finance decarbonisation initiatives within the industries, empower artists’ voices to create major societal change, and provide funding for transformative climate actions.



Henri Robert