The ClimateMusicProject


ClimateMusic Projct

What do you want the future to sound like? Listen. Then Act. 

“We create and perform original music driven by climate data, in order to provide a unique way of communicating the impact human activities are having on our climate over time.  Our work is made possible by close collaboration between leading scientists and artists.

Our live performances include synchronized visuals and post-concert public forums during which our audiences can engage actively with our scientists, composers, and musicians.

Many people experience what they think of as “the climate” as weather.  We define what is normal by what we are familiar with.  But weather is by definition the conditions over a short period of time. Our everyday observations about the weather do not provide insight into what is happening to the climate over a decade or a lifetime.

Climate change impacts are long-term and global. Scientists rely on complex data to understand them. Non-scientists can find this data difficult to grasp.

The ClimateMusic Project was established in order to communicate the urgency of the issue in a way that can be generally understood. We wondered: Could music tell the story?

As an analogy for climate, music is familiar, accessible, and—for most people—much easier to relate to than data. We created The ClimateMusic Project to harness this universal language to tell the urgent story of climate change to broad and diverse audiences in a way that resonates and inspires. ”



Stephan Crawford, Founder and Co-Producer. Stephan Crawford is the San Francisco-based artist who conceived and launched The ClimateMusic Project.  He is a long-time member of a group of artists working out of a prominent studio in the central Market Street district of San Francisco. He is also a long-time student of flamenco guitar and holds graduate degrees in the sciences and the arts. He has had a distinguished parallel career in federal service, during which he has received multiple awards for innovation in public service.   Reflecting his ability to successfully complete what he starts, Stephan was once part of a two man team that won a long-distance open ocean-rowing trophy after a three-year campaign that included a leaky boat, capsizes in surf, narrow misses by ships, getting lost in fogs, and thousands of ocean miles rowed in training. To see some of his studio work, please visit

Fran Schulberg, Co-Producer. Fran Schulberg is an attorney and most recently was the  Executive Director of a non-profit organization that focuses on energy efficiency in China. Fran has also worked for more than two decades as a consultant in support of international organizations and government agencies addressing environmental and chemicals management issues.  Prior to becoming a consultant, Fran worked for the Organisation for  Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris in their Environment Directorate. Fran has a BS degree from SUNY Albany in Environmental Studies and Mathematics, and a JD from Harvard Law School


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