Pacific Music Awards Trust - Media release: August 2020
2020 Pacific Music Awards
Celebrating Pacific Music
Our Pacific Music Awards Trust acknowledge the challenging and uncertain times we are in. Our hearts and thoughts are especially with our Pacific community and music industry as we navigate through this time together. After postponing the Pacific Music Awards earlier in the year, we have been revising our plans and considering a number of factors, with the health and safety of our Pacific music community, taking priority. The next key aspect, was financial, as we adjusted to the new economic environment, that we are all operating within. We wanted to continue to support our Pacific artists and keep our community connected and looked forward to sharing the celebration that is the Pacific Music Awards. The Trust is dedicated to celebrating Pacific music and honouring Pacific artists and this commitment was a core aspect of the decision to host the awards ceremony this year.
We are very happy to announce that the 2020 Pacific Music Awards will now be held as a live event on Wednesday 30 September at the BNZ Theatre, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau.
The 2020 Pacific Music Awards will celebrate music released by Pacific artists in 2019, acknowledging music in all genres and languages. The majority of the award categories are for our Aotearoa Pacific artists and our Best International Pacific Artist category allows us to connect with Pacific artists from around the world. This year we received the largest number of entries in the history of Pacific Music Awards, which confirmed we have a strong and active Pacific music community.
In April, the Pacific Music Awards Trust took on the challenge to host our Finalist Announcement as a live online event. We had a fantastic response to the online announcement, allowing us to connect with a national and international audience. During May, NZ Music Month, we held the voting for the SunPix People’s Choice Award – Best Pacific Artist. All our 2020 finalists were eligible for this award, with the winner determined by public vote. It was awesome to see the public support for our 2020 finalists and we received the highest number of votes to date for this award.
The Trust would like to acknowledge the 2020 finalists, for their patience and understanding, while we worked through our options for the awards this year. We also wish to sincerely thank our family of sponsors and funders, who have maintained their support for the awards. We have been affected financially, and also acknowledge that our sponsors, funders, and the individuals and organisations we work with, have also been financially impacted. It has been great to work together, to find the way forward that would allow us to deliver the awards event. Our new financial circumstances have meant we will reduce the scale of the awards and it will be an invitation only event. We are happy to remain at our home for the awards, the Vodafone Events Centre and look forward to returning to the theatre part of the venue, where we hosted the awards during 2006 – 2013.
The award categories to be presented at the 2020 Pacific Music Awards, will be as follows:
The 2020 awards ceremony will be filmed by SunPix, for broadcast as a television special on Tagata Pasifika on Saturday 10 October; and will also be streamed live on the night, so we can connect with our national and international audience.
The music industry has been significantly affected economically this year, which was affirmed by the Government implementing the New Zealand Music Recovery Fund. This signals to us the significance of the music industry to our Government and to our country, and also at the same time, confirmed the financial impact that the industry is facing now and into the future.
The 2020 Pacific Music Awards will be a collective positive community celebration of Pacific music, honouring and recognising the talents and amazing work of our Pacific artists. More than ever, the Pacific Music Awards Trust are looking forward to the awards ceremony – we hope you can join us on Wednesday 30 September for the 2020 Pacific Music Awards.
The NZ Music Commission Te Reo Reka O Aotearoa welcomes the investment towards the recovery of the music sector as announced earlier today by Prime Minister Ardern as part of the package to reinvigorate the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector across Aotearoa.
Music Commission Chief Executive Cath Andersen said “New Zealand musicians and the people who support them to make a living have been devastated by the international pandemic. Like tourism, Covid-19 has completely stopped the live music sector, which employees the majority of people who work in contemporary music, and hugely restricted the ability for artists to earning a sustainable living. This investment by the Government will support New Zealand artists and venues who are at heart of our sector.
“The NZ Music Recovery Fund is great news for live and recorded music, and I understand there will be more opportunities for the music sector when the details of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund, Cultural Innovation Fund and Cultural Capability Fund have been announced. Additionally, the Careers Support for Creative Jobseekers programme will support emerging artists and music professionals to develop sustainable careers and contribute to the New Zealand economy. Taken as a whole, the investment announced today will be truly transformational for the music sector in New Zealand”.
More details will be published in the coming weeks, but an overview of the work the Music Commission will be leading as part of the cultural recovery package is as follows:
NZ Music Month Make Good Fund: This fund will enable NZ artists and music businesses to apply for a contribution towards recouping lost income and costs incurred for original NZ music activity that was scheduled to occur in NZ Music Month 2020 which was cancelled as a result of Covid-19. More information on this fund will be available on our website in mid-June.
Outward Sound Make Good Fund: This fund will enable Outward Sound supported artists to apply for the reimbursement of costs incurred for approved offshore activity that was cancelled or disrupted due to Covid-19. More information on this fund will be available on our website in mid-June.
Music Venue Infrastructure Fund: This fund will enable music venues to apply for a contribution towards the costs associated with operating an environment safe for artists, audiences and staff. It is for music venues with a track record of original New Zealand music performances, both in the main centres and the regions. Grants of up to $50,000 per venue will be available for expenditure that could include contact tracing facilities and security, facility upgrades (for example for bathrooms, staging, backstage etc), hireage of equipment and ensuring the safety of technicians and venue staff. More details about this fund will be available on our website in mid-June.
Aotearoa Touring Support Programme: This programme is intended to reinvigorate the live music sector and grow the potential for touring across Aotearoa. The goal is to support NZ artists and music businesses, and enable more New Zealanders to experience live, local music. It will support production costs, and touring both nationally and regionally. More information on this fund will be available on our website in July.
The NZ Music Recovery Fund announced today also includes additional investment for NZ artists through NZ On Air, who will support 455 additional new song releases in the coming two years, including more targeted funding for Pasifika artists, songs in te reo and for children. NZ On Air will also create a new music development fund for newer artists and songwriters, and support the provision of more professional services around early-career artists who receive funding. More information on the NZ On Air investment is available here.
An outline of the work that will be undertaken across the arts and culture sector is available on the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website at www.mch.govt.nz.
Further information regarding the Music Commission’s programmes will be available on our website www.nzmusic.org.nz over the next few weeks.
Media Release 12 June 2020
24 Pasifika music artists have won funding to record new music, including tracks in Pacific languages, thanks to a record investment from NZ On Air.
NZ On Air has just had its second ever New Music Single focus round seeking new music from Pasifika artists. The first round in 2019 produced 14 tracks including three that have been selected as finalists for the forthcoming 2020 Pacific Music Awards.
In the latest round this week, NZ On Air doubled-down on the investment, with an expert panel choosing 24 tracks from 95 submitted. Each will receive $8,000 funding to record and promote their songs. For 19 of the artists it is their first time receiving NZ On Air funding.
The funded songs span multiple genre including Hip Hop, Gospel, RnB, Heavy Metal and Country music, with languages represented including Niuean, Tongan, Cook Island Māori and Samoan, as well as English.
NZ On Air’s Head of Music David Ridler says the panel were blown away by the breadth of talent represented in the applications.
“This second Pasifika music funding round shows there is not only an extraordinary amount of talent in the Pasifika community just waiting for the opportunity to be discovered, but also the success of the first round shows there is demand for their music,” said Mr Ridler.
Last year NZ On Air invested $112,000 in new Pacific music through the first focus round – this latest round has invested $192,000 and there’s more to come.
With additional funding announced by government to support NZ music get back on its feet post-Covid, Mr Ridler says NZ On Air intends to run at least a further two New Music Pasifika rounds in the next 18 months.
It will also be running further targeted rounds for songs in Te Reo Māori and more songs for tamariki.
NZ On Air thanks the Pacific Music Awards Trust and Pacific Media Network who helped to engage the Pacific music community in this funding round.
All receive an $8,000 grant
Alimit / Inanay – The Tribute featuring Jagarizzar x Tiddas
ANTHEM / Joy featuring Marley Sola & David Ware
Diggy Dupé / Hype
Foundation / Start Love Over
Hawkins / Can’t Leave It Alone
IYBZEE & IYBZAY / Does She Really Want Me?
JARNA / I’m Fine
Juwan / Home
LEO / MerryGoRound
Lomez Brown / Feel The Motion
MAL / Say/Ne Pehe Mai
Raggadat Cris / Foki Mai
Sam V X bKIDD / Cruisin’
Samson Squad / Taku Vaine
Sapphire Matāfai / Dilemma
SEMA / Real
Shepherds Reign / Aiga (Toe Fo’i)
Tazman Jack / Myself
THE MITIS / See You Again
TJ Taotua / You and I
TONE6 / Another Level of Emotion
Tree / Afio Ane Loa
Village90 / To the Wire
VILLETTE / Angle
For further information:
Tel: (04) 802 8380
Mobile: (021) 585 538
2020 OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC MONTH SUMMIT
The Official NZ Music Month Summit returns for 2020! Join in for an impressive line-up of industry professionals, who will deliver a wealth of knowledge across four separate panel sessions on the day. The Summit is on this Saturday, 23 May, 10am-4pm. This is online and it is all free! Here is the programme for the day's sessions:
10.00am – 10.05am
WELCOME TO THE 2020 NZ MUSIC SUMMIT
Cath Andersen, NZ Music Commission and Teresa Patterson, NZ Music Managers Forum
10.05am – 11.00am
L.A.B - FROM INDIE BAND TO NUMBER 1
The local success story of the summer! Find out how L.A.B went from the summer touring circuit to a Number 1 airplay track and NZ Top 40 chart success.
11.30am – 12.30pm
MUSIC PRODUCTION IN AOTEAROA
New Zealand producers are shining on the world stage and forging new career pathways. We hear how turning to music production has enhanced their career.
1.30pm – 2.30pm
BENEE – FINDING INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS
Last year Benee was the toast of the Tui’s – this year her songs are all over TikTok, helping propel her to international stardom.
3.00pm – 4.00pm
THE IMPORTANCE OF MERCHANDISE
Pre and post Covid-19, merchandise is a fantastic income stream for artists with more scope than ever to produce artist related items for your audience to love.
All Local, and all digital - see you there!
THE MAY BOOK
The NZ Music Commission has released the 20th edition of the annual NZ music industry handbook, the May Book online. The May Book is packed full of great information and details the work of all the industry organisations: APRA|AMCOS, Independent Music NZ, the NZ Music Commission, the Music Managers Forum, NZ On Air, Te Mangai Paho, and Recorded Music NZ. You can read it online or download it, check it out here:
The NZ Music Commission also has content from previous editions of the May Book on their website: www.nzmusic.org.nz/resources
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