Kia ora e te whānau, we have some news to share.
Today organisations from across the Aotearoa music community are announcing the creation of a new action group SoundCheck Aotearoa with the aim of developing and growing our industry through a safe and inclusive culture in the music community.
We acknowledge that action is needed to address inequitable representation, challenge systemic discrimination, and advance impactful change across the music industry, and we are committed to working together to achieve this.
In recognition of Māori as tangata whenua of Aotearoa and as partners of Te Tiriti o Waitangi we are working with Māori industry leaders to address these issues together along with the unique challenges facing Māori within the industry.
SoundCheck Aotearoa has been formed by Recorded Music NZ, APRA AMCOS NZ, NZ Music Commission, Music Managers Forum NZ and Independent Music NZ in collaboration with Te Māngai Pāho, Māori Music Industry Coalition, NZ On Air, SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music and NZ Promoters Association. We have also reached out to organisations that share our aspiration: Pacific Music Awards Trust, Te Vākai Collective, Music Producers Guild of NZ and MusicHelps, and we are inviting others to join us as our work progresses.
Our aspiration | Tō Mātou Wawata
We want all people in the Aotearoa music community to benefit from:
We have created SoundCheck Aotearoa to work towards meaningful positive change both within our organisations and across the industry.
The group will consult openly with the artists and organisations that we represent and the wider music community including proactively and specifically seeking participation from and interaction with minority groups and voices. We want to hear from our music community - from artists and songwriters to sound engineers and crew, from educators and administrators to studio and venue workers, and everyone in between – about their experiences.
It is vital that the many cultures and diverse groups in our community have a voice in these conversations to help us identify priorities for action through the consultation, gathering data and undertaking research.
Change doesn’t happen overnight, and it will take some time to reach out across our community, listen to everyone’s views, develop a collective strategy, and find the resources and funding we need to implement it.
We are currently forming our Steering Committee and Leadership Group and will have more to say on that soon.
Safety in workplaces | Te Noho Haumaru I ngā Wāhi Mahi
All of our people must be safe at work, whether in a recording studio, at a venue or in an office. Our first project is an initiative to help prevent sexual harm in our music community, and to provide support for those who have experienced it.
We have appointed a specialist in the area of sexual harm prevention, Rachel Harrison, to guide and support us, and key staff from our organisations have undertaken initial training. We hope to roll out a training programme more widely, provide shared resources and consult across our community to develop a code of conduct. We will update you on this work soon. In the meantime, if you need to talk to someone please refer to the phone numbers listed below.
SoundCheck Aotearoa will make further announcements about how those in our community can participate in consultation and advisory processes in the new year.
In the meantime, for anyone interested in our work, or for media enquiries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.soundcheckaotearoa.co.nz
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP OR INFORMATION ABOUT SEXUAL HARM:
Music Helps Wellbeing Service: Call 0508 MUSICHELPS
Safe To Talk: Call 0800 044 334 | Text 4334 | Email email@example.com
HELP: Call 24/7 (Auckland) 0800 623 1700, (Wellington) 04 801 6655
Rape Crisis: Call 0800 88 33 00
Aviva: Canterbury Sexual Violence Crisis Service - Call (03) 377 5402 / 0800 284 82669
Tu Wahine: Kaupapa Māori Sexual Violence Crisis Service – Call 09 838 8700
Korowai Tumanako: Kaupapa Māori Survivor and Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Te Puna Oranga: Kaupapa Māori Sexual Violence Crisis Service – Call 0800 222 042 | Email: email@example.com
Male Survivors Aotearoa: Support for the well-being of male survivors of sexual abuse
Shama: National Sexual Harm Support Service for ethinic communities – Call (07) 843 3810 | Text 022 135 9545
Human Rights Commission: Call 0800 496 877
Employment Relations Authority: Call 0800 209020
NZ Police: Call 105
Media release re: 2020 TAUTUA PROGRAMME
The Pacific Music Awards Trust undertakes a number of services each year to support Pacific music artists, nurture the creation of Pacific music and contribute to sustaining the Pacific music industry. Following on from the 2020 Pacific Music Awards celebration, the Trust are now able to turn their attention to their support programme for Pacific artists.
The Trust has formalised its existing programme, anchored with support received from Creative New Zealand, which 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. The priorities for the Tautua Programme are: artist development, industry connections, live performances and digital content.
At this time, the Trust are planning to present activities that were unable to take place earlier in the year and due to the impact on the music industry this year, the Tautua Programme will focus on mentoring and artist development support. From the work with NZ On Air, mentoring was provided for the artists who received the New Music Pasifika funding, with MMF and the Pacific Music Awards Trust. The Trust also extended this support, to provide in depth one-on-one mentoring with some of the artists who received the funding, providing additional support to complete their releases. The Trust is also connecting PMA artists with the finalists from smokefree Tangata Beats providing mentoring for their recording sessions and also mentor support was confirmed for the docuseries by the Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa.
The Trust are also happy to announce workshops will be hosted in partnership with music industry organisations, such as APRA and MMF. The workshops will begin in person, and the Trust is also planning how to share content online and also host online workshops, to provide information and access nationally. The first workshop will be held with APRA on Wednesday 18 November, which will be the first in a series of workshops that the Trust and APRA will co-host, to discuss important issues for songwriters/composers in regards to their rights, royalty income and music licensing.
Details of recent activities from the programme are available on the Trust’s website: https://www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz/tautua.html
The Pacific Music Awards Trust looks forward to presenting the support activities for Pacific music artists and to sharing updates with you soon.
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