Musicians United to Sustain the Environment
One Mission. We are MUSE - Musicians United to Sustain the Environment - a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to using the power of music to promote environmental awareness and protect our shared natural heritage of wild lands, wild water and wildlife.
A Diversity of Voices for the Diversity of Life: We are a band of volunteer radio broadcasters and professional touring musicians, over 40 strong. We draw our inspiration from the land, and this inspiration compells us to give back to protect it. Together, we produce environmental music compilations (three to date) and share environmental music worldwide through two web radio stations (Earthday.FM and WebofLife.FM).
One Work: MUSE is an all volunteer effort with four major activities:
- Web Radio for the Web of Life (the broadcasts of www.Earthday.FM and www.Weboflife.FM) with a playlist of 5,000 songs of environmental lyrics to make environmental music available to listeners worldwide
- Environmental Music Samplers to raise environmental awareness and funds to support the efforts of effective grassroots environmental organizations
- Kid for the Wild Scholarship Funds in to allow children to experience wilderness up close
Our Community. The MUSE community is rapidly expanding with supporters and donors from across the continent. Join us by volunteering your time, your talents and your resources. Board members include: Joyce Johnson Rouse (aka, Earth Mama); Mark Stoltz; and Traci Hickson.
MUSE Musicians: Katherine Archer, Kate Bennett, Peter and Lou Berryman, Betty and the Baby Boomers, Gordon Bok, Dakota Sid Clifford, Lydia Adams Davis, Alice Di Micele, Kat Eggleston, David Elias, Emma's Revolution, Karen Goldberg, Keith Hammer, Tish Hinojosa, Cindy Kallet, Larry Long, Jez Lowe, Dana Lyons, Magpie, John McCutcheon, Country Joe McDonald, Casey Neill, Bill Oliver, Tom Paxton, Joanne Rand, Libby Roderick, "Earth Mama" Joyce Rouse, Steve Schuch, Pete Seeger, Dean Stevens, Susan Grace Stoltz, Walkin Jim Stoltz, Paul Todd, Tom Vincent, Craig Wagner, Josh White, Jr., Paul Winter, Leah Wolfson, Bob Zentz.
Our History: MUSE was founded in 1997 by musicians and environmental advocates Walkin' Jim Stoltz and Craig Wagner. Walkin' Jim Stoltz found deep joy and connection to all life through solo hikes through the wilderness areas of North America. Here he found inspiration and music while backpacking with his guitar. He began performing this environmental music, accompanied by a spectacular slideshow, on tours across the country. For years, he devoted summers to long hikes and fall and spring months for concert touring with winters in Montana. His career spanned 29,000 miles of hiking and eight albums of music. Craig Wagner joined Walkin' Jim in the creation of MUSE. Craig, inspired by the wilderness of Alaska, the Yukon, and Northwest Territories, released an album of original compositions entitled "The Keeper's Gift" and donated 100% of the proceeds from the album to help support North American arctic conservation.
Since 1997, MUSE has produced three environmental compilations that have raised funds to support the efforts of more than 20 environmental grassroots organizations across North America.