The Pacific Music Awards Trust have announced that the 2020 Pacific Music Awards will be presented online and television this year, there will be no live event on Wednesday 30 September as planned. Given the current environment and our responsibility for our community, we believe this is the best decision for the awards.
The 2020 Pacific Music Awards ceremony will be shared as an online presentation at 7pm on Saturday 3 October, and the Tagata Pasifika special will be screened on TV1, 9.30-11am, on Saturday 17 October. We hope our audience around Aotearoa, the Pacific and the world, will be able to join us on both those dates.
Amidst the waves of change, we have kept moving forward and this option allows us to maintain the celebration of our 2020 finalists and award recipients, and the connection with our community at this time. The Trust would like to sincerely thank our family of sponsors and funders for their support. We also acknowledge the event, production, television and media teams who collaborated to find the best way to deliver the awards event this year. To create the online and television content, we will film and capture as much live content as we can, and we will absolutely ensure we adhere to the restrictions and guidelines for events; and provide a safe environment for everyone involved.
The Trust is also happy to share that we have extended our support programme for Pacific artists, anchored by support received from Creative New Zealand. This is aptly named the Tautua Programme, based on the Samoan proverb: O le ala i le pule, o le tautua, the pathway to authority is through service. Due to the impact on the music industry this year, the Tautua Programme will focus on providing mentoring and artist development support, and presenting the activities that were unable to take place earlier in the year, including music industry workshops with MMF and APRA, and mentoring for young artists working with smokefree Tangata Beats and others. We will share more information soon and please check our website for highlights of the programme to date.
To remind you of who we are celebrating at the 2020 Pacific Music Awards – below is a list of our finalists for each of the entered categories:
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 Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist:
Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist:
Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist:
531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist:
Niu FM Best International Pacific Artist:
Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album:
Red Bull Best Producer
The following awards will also be presented at the 2020 Pacific Music Awards:
We extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who will be part of the 2020 Pacific Music Awards – thank you for supporting Pacific music, our Pacific artists. We look forward to celebrating together and connecting through the gift of music.
Issued by the Pacific Music Awards Trust
Trust spokesperson: Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua, P: 021 141 8798 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trust contact and Event Producer: Petrina Togi-Sa’ena, P: 0272451898; E: email@example.com
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