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
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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
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