8 July 2021
Record number of entries and finalists for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards
Announcing the finalists for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards
After a thriving 12 months, this evening we announced the finalists for the 2021 Pacific Music Awards at an event at The Alexander Café, Otara, Auckland.
This year, we have a record 27 finalists across the 13 award categories, with soul sensation Tree leading the nominations.
After the release of her self-produced debut album Mrs Tree, she has been nominated for Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist, SunPix Best Pacific Language, NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video for ‘Afio Ane Loa’, and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.
She recently headlined the main stage at the Return of the Auckland Pasifika Festival and is currently touring in Australia, with plans for Aotearoa, the United States and Hawai’i in the future.
Tāmaki Makaurau-based Lou’ana has been serving up soul funk to listeners with her seven piece band, releasing her debut album Moonlight Madness and undertaking a winter tour of Aotearoa.
No stranger to the Pacific Music Awards, this year she’s nominated for Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist, Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist, and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.
Hip hop heavyweight Kings is back at the Pacific Music Awards in 2021. After a string of successful releases in years past, the independent producer and rapper is back with his latest single ‘Help Me Out’, which recently went gold.
He’s nominated for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video and APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Help Me Out’.
Last year, singer/songwriter Lepani was nominated for Best Soul/R&B Artist at the Aotearoa Music Awards after the release of his debut EP In The Moment.
This year, he’s up for three awards at the Pacific Music Awards – Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist, Best Producer and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.
Back for the third year running, hip hop duo Church & AP have been busy during the last 12 months.
After winning four Pacific Music Awards (Best Group, Best Hip Hop Artist, Radio Airplay, and Best Producer) and Best Hip-Hop Artist at the Aotearoa Music Awards for their debut album Teeth last year, hip-hop duo Church & AP are back.
The two are nominated for Flava Best Pacific Group and Base FM & Island Base Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist at the 2021 Pacific Music Awards.
Other finalists include:
“With the largest number of submissions in the history of Pacific Music awards received this year, we acknowledge this bodes well for our Pacific music community and also the Aotearoa New Zealand Music industry. We are grateful that our artists can draw from a very rich Pacific history and continue to determine their own pathways forward.”
“We proudly announce the 2021 finalists and acknowledge the dynamic diversity of the artists and their music. We look forward to the 2021 Pacific Music Awards and to collectively celebrating our amazing Pacific music community.”
There will be six other awards announced for the 2021 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, Ministry for Pacific Peoples 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 Aotearoa Music Awards later in November 2021.
2021 Pacific Music Awards finalists:
Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist:
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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The Pacific Music Awards Trust are happy to share that the next round for NZ On Air’s New Music Pasifika funding is open now and the deadline for applications is: 4pm, Thursday 8 July.
Funding of up to $10,000 is available for Pacific artists, for a single song- to contribute to the eligible costs of recording a single, creating video content to promote the single and other promotion costs.
Information about this funding is available here: https://www.nzonair.govt.nz/funding/apply-music-funding/#new-music-pasifika
Applications need to be submitted online – and here is the link to access the a https://newmusicsingles.nzonair.govt.nz/
This is a wonderful opportunity for Pacific artists to receive support for their latest single. We encourage artists to check out the details and to contact NZ On Air if they have any questions about the funding or application process.
News release: April 2021
The Pacific Music Awards Trust is very happy to announce that the 2021 Pacific Music Awards, will be held on Wednesday 1 September at the Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.
During the challenging year of 2020, the Pacific Music Awards Trust were dedicated to celebrating Pacific music, supporting Pacific artists and keeping our community connected. We proudly produced the 2020 Pacific Music Awards as an online presentation on 3 October, honouring our amazing 2020 finalists, award recipients and Pacific music community. The late awards presentation in 2020, has impacted the 2021 timeline, but the Trust are excited about working on the 2021 ceremony, with plans to return to a live event. The Trust also hopes to return to their usual timing in 2022.
The 2021 Pacific Music Awards will celebrate music released in 2020, with the ceremony providing the opportunity to honour the achievements and success of our current Pacific artists and also pay tribute to our legacy and developing artists. Nominations for all the entered award categories are for local Pacific artists, i.e. New Zealand citizens/residents, except for the Best International Pacific Artist Award, which is open to Pacific artists from overseas. Pacific artists who have released singles, EPs or albums for sale, during 1 January – 31 December 2020, will be eligible to enter, with nominations due by Monday 3 May 2021. The entered categories for the 2021 Pacific awards are:
For the full information about entering the 2021 Pacific Music Awards, including the 2021 Terms & Conditions of Entry, please go to the Entries page on the awards website. If you have any questions about the Pacific Music Awards or the nomination process, please contact the Trust on: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Trust’s Tautua Programme, they started the year with the Music in Parks Mangere - Family event; and supporting the New Music Pasifka funding round by NZ On Air. Next will be the industry workshop series, providing a bridge between Pacific artists and the music industry organisations, with the first two workshops confirmed for 13 April with MMF, and 9 June with APRA.
The Pacific Music Awards Trust looks forward to the celebration of Pacific music and to sharing the 2021 Pacific Music Awards with you, so please save the date of Wednesday 1 September!
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Trust spokesperson: Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua, P: 021 141 8798 E: email@example.com
Trustee & Event Producer: Petrina Togi-Sa’ena, P: 0272451898; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pacific Music Awards Trust has been working on activities for their Tautua Programme and started the year with the Music in Parks Mangere - Family event, which featured performances by Church & AP, Tree, Lepani, LaCoco, Silika Isaia, and DJ AlGoodie. The Trust supported NZ On Air with the next funding round for New Music Pasifka. Congratulations to the 21 Pacific artists confirmed to receive support for their new singles! The next deadline for New Music Pasifika funding will be Thursday 8 July.
Next for the Tautua Programme is the industry workshop series, with the first two workshops confirmed for Tuesday 13 April with MMF and Wednesday 9 June with APRA.
Here are the details for the first workshop, that we are hosting with MMF, the Music Managers Forum. The main details for the workshop are:
Date: Tuesday 13 April
Venue: 312 Hub 1 Paynes Lane, Onehunga, Auckland 1061
The guest speakers for the workshop are as follows:
Teresa Patterson – MMF
Mike Hall – APRA
Dean Cameron – Recorded Music
Andy Low – DRM
Tana Tupa’i and Avina Kelekolio - Tomorrow People
Jo Oliver – Soundcheck Aotearoa
Each of the speakers will have time to provide information about their organisations and services, and we’ll ask Tana and Avina to share their experience as self managed artists in the music industry. A key element for the workshop is to provide a bridge between artists and the industry organisations, connecting you with information and in particular providing details about how to earn income from your music.
Please email: email@example.com to confirm you are able to attend, to help us prepare and also confirm the numbers for catering. If you would like to bring others with you or if you have any questions, please let me know. All are welcome!
We hope you can join us on Tuesday 13 April.
Fa’afetai tele lava,
Pacific Music Awards Trust
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