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
NZ On Air’s New Music Pasifika funding opened on Thursday 7 May, with all the details published on the NZ On Air website. This year, due to an extra allocation of government funding, NZ On Air is able to provide this funding round. This funding is looking for new songs by Pasifika artists, with support being provided for recording costs, video content and other promotion costs.
Applications are submitted online via NZ On Air’s application portal, with the final deadline being 4pm, Thursday 21 May. Here are the two main links for all applicants:
Music Funding page: https://www.nzonair.govt.nz/funding/apply-music-funding/
Guidelines PDF doc:
Also here are a few tips for our Pacific artists:
14 artists and tracks were funded from the first funding in 2019, which were:
Diggy Dupe (CI) Disciple Pati (The Boy Who Cried Woman) Emily Muli, (No More) La Coco (Back When) Lani Alo Music (Alo I ou Faiva) Mikey Mayz (Wild People) Queen Shirl'e (Queens Rise Up) RAZÉ + Poetik (Another Lover) Shepherds Reign (Legend) SNARE (Fika Gumz) Swiss (Island Kings) Tazman Jack (Eyes Closed) Tommy Nee (Criminal Minds) and Truce (Faded)
The Pacific Music Awards Trust is very grateful for NZ On Air, for providing this opportunity to our Pacific artists. We have been working with NZ On Air for this initiative and as part of the support offered to the successful applicants, mentoring will be provided by the Music Managers Forum and Pacific Music Awards Trust.
If you have any questions or need help with the application, please contact us or the NZ On Air team directly.
We are happy to encourage the creation of new Pacific music and look forward to seeing the great group of songs that will be supported through this funding for 2020!
Pacific Music Awards Trust
30 April 2020
Record number of entries showcase outstanding year for Pacific music
Announcing the finalists for the 2020 Pacific Music Awards
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s plenty to celebrate in New Zealand’s Pacific music scene. The finalists for the 2020 Pacific Music Awards were announced today after a record number of entries, resulting in 24 finalists across 13 categories.
Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua said that despite the challenging situation we find ourselves in, it’s more important than ever to celebrate the successes of our artists.
“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt, even by our humble 2020 Pacific Music Awards, requiring us to navigate through these times of uncertainty and great sadness. We acknowledge our traditional role and contribution to uplift the spirit and well-being of our people.
“We also take on the challenge of navigating the new economic reality and technology opportunities for our awards. Today we’re immensely proud to recognise this year’s finalists, who are exciting new and seasoned Pacific artists, that are making waves and taking Pacific music to new heights and realities. ”
Leading the finalists are hip hop duo Church & AP who are the fresh faces behind the next wave of New Zealand and Pacific hip hop. After being nominated for Best Hip Hop Album at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in 2019, they released their debut album Teeth the following day on 15 November.
Since then, they’ve been nominated for four Pacific Music Awards including Flava Best Pacific Group, Base FM NZ & Island Base Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist, Best Producer and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.
Alongside Church & AP, international Pacific star Olivia Foa’i is also in the running for four Pacific Music Awards. As the lead female singer and dancer for multi-award winning Polynesian band Te Vaka, she’s seen success for her contributions to Disney’s Moana soundtrack alongside her father Opetaia Foa’i, who received the Special Recognition Award for his contributions to the film at the 2017 Pacific Music Awards.
She released her debut solo album Candid in 2019 and has been nominated for Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist, SunPix Best Pacific Language, Best Producer (with her brother Matatia) and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.
Hip hop artist commonly referred to as ‘Poly Pac’ (in reference to West Cost hip hop legend Tupac Shakur), Poetik achieved huge success with his album HAMOFIED 2 EP last year and has been nominated for three awards at the 2020 Pacific Music Awards – NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, Base FM NZ & Island Base Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.
In a Pacific Music Awards first, Shepherds Reign are the first Polynesian heavy metal group to be nominated as finalists.
They’re up for Flava Best Pacific Group, SunPix Best Pacific Language and APRA Best Pacific Song for their single ‘Le Manu’ is inspired by the legend of an ancient Samoan warrior and is quite possibly the first heavy metal song sung in the Samoan language.
Recipients of the 2018 Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award Punialava’a are back this year, proving their staying power as icons of the Pacific music community. This year they’re nominated for both PMN Best Pacific Gospel Artist and SunPix Best Pacific Language for the album Sili’aga I Fa’atufugaga, Beyond Our Stories.
Having carved a place for herself within Auckland’s vibrant music community over the past six years as a proud, second generation Samoan New Zealander, Lou’ana’s voice carries the stature of an old soul. She released her debut solo material in 2019, is nominated for Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist, Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist and NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video, and has plans to release her first album this year.
Both Noah Slee and Lepani are nominated for Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist, as well as NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, while rapper Melodownz is nominated for Base FM NZ & Island Base Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist for his song ‘No Mercy’ featuring American rapper Denzel Curry.
Other finalists include Lani Alo (SunPix Best Pacific Language, PMN Best Pacific Gospel Artist, APRA Best Pacific Song), Tomorrow People (Flava Best Pacific Group, Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist), General Fiyah (Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist, APRA Best Pacific Song), Bella Kalolo (Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist), JXN (PMN Best Pacific Gospel Artist), Jordan Gavet (Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist), Lomez Brown (Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist), Raggadat Cris (Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist), Disciple Pati (NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video), SWIDT (NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video), KINGS (Best Producer), Mikey Mayz (Best Producer), HP Boyz (PMN Best International Pacific Artist), Josh Tatofi (PMN Best International Pacific Artist) and Kaiit (PMN Best International Pacific Artist).
There will be six other awards announced for the 2020 Pacific Music Awards: Phillip Fuemana Most Promising Pacific Artist, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award, NZ On Air Streaming Award, SunPix People’s Choice Award – Best Pacific Artist, Special Recognition Award and the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winner of the Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album category is presented with an official Tui and recognised at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards later this year.
Pacific Music Awards finalists:
Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist:
NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist:
Flava Best Pacific Group:
NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video:
APRA Best Pacific Song:
SunPix Best Pacific Language:
Base FM NZ & Island Base FM Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist:
Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist:
Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist:
PMN Best Pacific Gospel Artist:
PMN Best International Pacific Artist:
Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album:
All the artist finalists:
For more information: www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz
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About the Pacific Music Awards:
In 2004 the Pacific Music Awards Committee (PMAC) was formed to realise a vision and the inaugural Pacific Music Awards debuted at Pasifika Festival in March 2005. Encouraged by the success of the awards the PMAC set about developing an annual event as a significant highlight of the New Zealand music industry calendar. The awards committee formed a Charitable Trust to organise and host the awards, and are driven by a simple core objective: to create and manage an event that acknowledges the success of Pacific artists, celebrates and promotes excellence in Pacific music and encourages young Pacific musicians to aspire to a higher level of achievement.
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Sharing the next update, from the music industry organisations, with our Pacific music community to keep you informed and connected:
COVID-19: MUSIC SECTOR REQUEST TO GOVERNMENT
Recorded Music NZ has led the contemporary music sector in a request to government for assistance in light of the impact of covid-19. The request was sent to government on 17th April on behalf of Recorded Music NZ, APRA AMCOS, NZ Promoters Association, MMF and IMNZ. They have asked government for a number of measures for immediate assistance, and further measures to assist the industry with recovery and return to productivity in the coming months and years ahead. Our request to government is summarised below
For the full details and to download the document as a pdf – go here:
FINANCIAL AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES HELPLINE – FREE TO APRA MEMBERS
APRA have announced a new service provided by Entertainment Accounting, connecting APRA members, for free, to a senior accountant for a 20 minute phone call.
Lynda Parsons, Jeni Rowney, and Natallia Ramanchuk will be able to assist you with any questions you have about income and COVID-19 grants, particularly at this time, and how these may affect you in terms of taxation or other accountancy purposes. All phone calls will be treated as completely confidential.
If you would like to utilise this service and book in a time for a phone call, please contact Gabe Andrews (APRA Member Services), by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘Accounting Services Helpline’ in the subject line. Please include your full name and membership number, and if possible, a short summary of the questions you’d like to ask, or issues you need help with – this way the accountants can be prepared when they speak to you.
There will be up to nine slots available per week, beginning next week (from April 28). Thanks go to to Entertainment Accounting (https://www.entertainmentaccounting.co.nz/) for providing this service.
INDUSTRY HUI #2 & RADIO HUI
If you missed the 2nd industry music industry hui, you can catch up now on the MMF YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-jaF1cTbVvgOKpLabk-8OA) page. The next iteration of the collective music industry huis will specifically focus on radio, with Recorded Music's own Paul Kennedy (Radioscope) and NZ On Air's David Ridler talking to programmers from ZM, The Rock, More FM, Mai FM George FM and 95bFM.
11:00am, Thursday 30 April. Check our events page on Facebook for details.
TAITE MUSIC PRIZE
Mark the date! The Taite Music Prize will take place on Tuesday 5th May, and you can watch the live stream via Recorded Music NZ's Facebook page. As the Founding Partner, Recorded Music is once again pleased to be providing the winners' cheque of $12,500. Alongside the main Taite Music Prize, winners of the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut, Independent Music NZ Classic Record and the Independent Spirit Award will also be announced with award acceptances via the live stream.
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