Sustain Music and Nature

Sustain Music and Nature is a U.S. nonprofit that makes music a force for nature. Using the emotional hook of music and cultural sway of bands, Sustain generates new audiences for public lands. Sustain collaborates with land management agencies and produces music videos called Songscapes for national parks, wildlife refuges and forests, hosts Trail Session hikes and concerts, and produces a podcast exploring musician relationships to nature and creativity.

Sustain’s Songscapes are retreats that create partnerships between land agencies and musicians. Through the hospitality of host environmental organizations, artists are immersed in the beauty and history of our public land heritage. Musicians use this retreat time to create a song inspired by the land and their experiences, and then the song is shared with fans to inspire and encourage others to value public lands and build critical awareness and support for continued conservation and stewardship of wildlife and landscapes. 

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Scottish-born singer-songwriter and 5X Platinum and Grammy-nominated musician KT Tunstall released an original piece of music inspired by her residency at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Kodiak, Alaska. “Century Trail” creates a story of Tunstall’s experience and a tribute to place, drawing from...
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Tunstall, a Scottish-born singer-songwriter and 5X Platinum and Grammy-nominated musician, teamed up with nonprofit Sustain Music and Nature and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge to create an original piece of music inspired by her time as an artist in residence...

Partner Category

Those who experience the outdoors and wildlife first-hand become its greatest conservationists.  We partner with these groups to foster their love of wildlife and conservation.

Other Partners

Here are just a few of our National Partners. You can view the full list of FWS partners, along with the regions and areas of focus our work together entails.

Partnership Services

Through our partnerships we are able to expand our capabilities through the inclusion of services in areas such as:

  • Grant opportunities
  • Sponsorship of grants
  • Cooperative Agreements

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