About

Mission, Vision, Values

Clean Green Music Machine’s mission is to inform and connect a global network of young people, focusing on elementary school age kids, building a generation of global citizens united and inspired to co-create a sustainable environment for life on our planet. Clean Green Music Machine prepares the next generation for the world we are handing them; a world filled with unprecedented environmental challenges.

Clean Green Music Machine aims to work towards the following:

  • Inspire a generation of young justice leaders into meaningful, committed action towards a just, sustainable planet
  • End our dependence on coal, oil and natural gas, pushing toward a clean energy economy
  • Build and strengthen local communities and economies, breaking our dependence on large corporations and supporting independent, just communities formed around common values
  • Nourish the spiritual health of our society through music, art and dialogue, moving from fear to hope, apathy to action, helplessness to empowerment, and isolation to solidarity

Background

The Clean Green Music Machine (CGMM) was originally brought to life in 2007 in a series of elementary school assembly presentations across New England by CGMM Founder, Mark Files Schwaller’s Boston based rock band. In 2009 they no longer wanted to power their music with fossil fuels and teamed with an engineer to rig up a bicycle powered sound system. This allowed the kids attending the shows to literally power the music. An experienced educator with a music degree, Mark is a respected leader in the climate justice movement. CGMM combines Mark’s passions for music, education and environmental justice. Mark believes that investing in the education and environmental activism of the next generation is the most important work he can do to help humanity.

The Team

Clean Green Music Machine’s team includes top entertainment industry artists and executives who are passionate about Clean Green Music Machine’s core mission: Educating and empowering children to play an important role in protecting the health of our planet for future generations.

Mark Files Schwaller

Founder/Executive Producer

Mark is the founder, lead developer and producer of the content that is now Clean Green Music Machine. He is a highly engaged activist for climate and social justice, collaborating with many national organizations, such as 350.org and Rainforest Action Network, on media campaigns. Mark graduated from the esteemed Berklee College of Music and is an accomplished writer, musician and humanitarian.

Bonnie Milner

Executive Director/Co-Founder

Bonnie is a co-founder and developer of Clean Green Music Machine. She is a political and environmental activist and General Manager of Long View Farm Studios. Long View has contributed to nearly two hundred platinum selling records and has hosted multiple Grammy nominees and winners. Bonnie’s award-winning program, Cool Kids Choir, has been using the power of music to evoke change for 20 years.

Paris Qualles

Writer/Director

Paris is an Emmy-nominated television writer and producer and the writer of HBO’s The Tuskegee Airmen. He is a two-time winner of the Humanitas Prize, an award celebrating film and television writing that promotes human dignity, meaning, and freedom.

Keith Garde

Chief Business Development Officer

C-Level executive and entrepreneur, Keith brings over 25 years experience in the music entertainment industry. From producing the first “Video 45” for Sony Corp to co-managing Aerosmith, he has developed relationships with entertainment companies around the world.

Supporting change through arts and culture, Keith serves on the Board of Advisors for New York University’s MusEDLab.

Taj Johnston Montesanno

Director of International Business Development

Taj has committed much of his career to being a catalyst of humanistic development. This line of thinking and being is evident in his previous engagements in helping launch the Hallmark Channel (family friendly programming), the Employment Channel (helping people find gainful employment), co-developing an assisted living hotel project (Wellness without Borders) as a fund raiser for the San Francisco Opera and Symphony disadvantaged youth outreach programs and the first Rock the Vote voter registration campaigns.

Jeff Bova

Music Producer

Grammy Award winning producer Jeff Bova has appeared on over 300 albums, many of them platinum sellers. Artists who have enlisted Jeff’s help are Katy Perry, Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Luther Vandross, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper etc. His passion, experience and talent make him one of the industry’s most sought-after and respected arrangers, programmers and composers.

Jodi Wilinsky Hill

Director of Sponsorship and Partner Opportunities

Jodi’s work spans education, fund raising, non-profit to start-up and management — all based in deeply held beliefs about human dignity, equity and access. Developing and managing cross sector partnerships are a passion; collaboration is powerful. Jodi holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in Biology from Wesleyan University.

NYU MusEDLab

Experience Design Team

The Music Experience Design Lab at NYU’s Steinhardt School researches and designs experiences that enhance learning and encourage creative expression through musical interactions. Led by Professor Alex Ruthmann, a team of researchers, educators, creative coders, and designers combine principles of user-centered design with culturally relevant pedagogies to create experiences that look great, sound great, and play great.

Contact

Bonnie Milner
Executive Director
(508) 867-7662
Bonnie@cleangreenmusicmachine.com

Keith Garde
Chief Business Development Officer
(617) 872-0120
Keith@cleangreenmusicmachine.com

Taj Johnston-Montesano
Director of International Business Development
+43 (699) 1356 5070
Taj@cleangreenmusicmachine.org

Jodi Wilinsky
Director of Sponsorship and Partner Opportunities
(617) 543-6035
Jodi@cleangreenmusicmachine.com