Nature is officially a ‘Spotify artist’ to earn royalties for conservation

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

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On days when I feel stressed out and need a breather from life, I rely on good ol’ nature music to distract me from the hustle and bustle of reality. My favourites would be the sound of ocean waves, raindrops, and rainforests. 

But you might wonder, with the internet having various iterations of this genre of music, who owns the credit for them? 

Well, Mother Earth would finally get its due with the latest initiative by the Museum for the United Nations and Spotify. Dubbed Sounds Right, the initiative allows Nature to be recognised as an artist and earn royalties to be used for its conservation.

One of the playlists, called “Feat. Nature”, features tracks from various musicians remixed with animal howls and other nature sounds.

For example, renowned composer Brian Eno mixed David Bowie’s “Get Real” with animal howls, giving the song a unique twist. 

Eno said the project is about ensuring that Nature remains the original source of inspiration.

“Throughout my life, I’ve wondered – how can I return something to the places I’ve taken ideas from?” he said in a press statement.

“Music started out as the sounds of the natural world, and Sounds Right creates a system to give back to nature, helping preserve the planet to continue to inspire us for years to come.”

The second type of playlist is an ambient nature symphony playlist, such as “Tropical Rain Sounds” or “Seascape Symphony.” 

If you are a podcast lover, you’ll be happy to know that there are playlists available like “Food For Thought,” “Money Talks,” and “Cut Food Waste” that feature podcast episodes dedicated to climate solutions.

Here’s the best part: 60 per cent of royalties from ambient tracks on Nature’s Spotify profile and at least 50 per cent of revenues from Feat. Nature tracks will be donated to biodiversity conservation and restoration projects. You can also donate to the project via its GoFundMe page.

The proceeds will be collected by the US and UK-registered charity EarthPercent, while their distribution will be decided by representatives of Indigenous Peoples, scientists, conservation experts, and environmental activists who are part of the Sounds Right Expert Advisory Panel.

The panel has said it will prioritise projects with a strong focus on biodiversity and endemism.

Some key biodiversity areas it will be looking to support include Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands, the Atlantic Forest, and the Philippines.

Kaycee Enerva

Kaycee Enerva

A digital content manager based in the Philippines, Kaycee Enerva has written for multiple publications over several years. A graduate of Computer Science, she exchanged a career in IT to pursue her passion for writing. She's slowly practicing sustainability through period cups, and eating more plant-based food.


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