Congratulations to the latest recipients for the New Music Pasifika funding, provided by NZ On Air. For the January round, 21 artists have been confirmed to receive this funding, which will support the recording process, video content and promotion.
The New Music Pasifika funding is provided for Pacific artists, who are NZ citizens or permanent residents; and have a great unreleased song. NZ On Air has confirmed this funding is for our Pacific artists, with up to $10,000 available for an unreleased song - which can now include a $1,000 (10%) Artist Creation Fee. This is a wonderful opportunity for our Pacific artists to receive financial support for their music.
The Pacific Music Awards Trust thanks and acknowledges the team at NZ On Air for their continued support for our Pacific artists. Thank you so much for New Music Pasifika! We understand how valuable the funding is and we know this will impact the wider Pacific music community as well. We look forward to celebrating each song and video as they are released. Congratulations everyone!
SoundCheck Aotearoa Statement in response to the article ‘Music Industry Professionals Demand Change’
24 January 2021
We are deeply saddened to hear these stories about harm experienced by people in the music industry. Everyone is entitled to a safe workplace where they are respected and free from harassment, sexual harm, and discrimination. These stories show that we need to do better as an industry, and we are committed to doing that.
Last year following the formation of SoundCheck Aotearoa a work program was launched aimed at preventing and addressing sexual harm across the music industry. We appointed an expert in the area of sexual harm prevention, launched a series of training workshops and partnered with HELP, a specialist sexual harm support service.
We are also working to create an industry-wide code of conduct and complaints process. As these stories highlight, this collective work is urgently needed to set agreed standards of behaviour and provide a safe and transparent process for those who have been harmed, particularly the many artists and others who work outside a traditional workplace and do not have access to HR support.
However, these measures will only be effective if they are developed and adopted collectively across the industry. That’s why we are calling on everyone in Aotearoa’s music community to step up and contribute to meaningful positive change.
While addressing sexual harm is our first priority, we also need to tackle wider discrimination and gender issues. This is evident from the Amplify Aotearoa research released by Massey University last year, which found that over 70% of women have experienced discrimination or bias in their music careers, and nearly half of women don’t feel safe in places where music is made or performed.
We encourage anyone affected or anyone who has experienced harm in the music community to make use of the range of support services listed on our website https://soundcheckaotearoa.co.nz/
One of the services listed is HELP. HELP is the sexual harm crisis agency we have partnered with, and it is available 24/7 nationwide on 0800 623 1700 (you can call anonymously if you wish), email@example.com, or directly via its website. HELP can provide information, support and practical assistance to anyone who has experienced sexual harm, anyone supporting a friend or family member who has experienced it, or anyone else who is affected.
SoundCheck Aotearoa is an action group formed to foster a safe and inclusive culture for the music community.
The Pacific Music Awards Trust are happy to share that the deadlines for NZ On Air’s New Music Pasifika funding has been confirmed for 2021, which are Thursday 28 January and Thursday 8 July.
NZ On Air has confirmed that funding of up to $10,000 is available for artists of Pacific background, for a single song- which can now include a $1,000 (10%) Artist Creation Fee.
NZ On Air will pay a maximum of $10,000 (plus GST if registered) for the eligible costs of recording a single, creating video content to promote the single and other promotion costs to increase NZ audience awareness and engagement with the audio and video content.
Applications need to be submitted online, by 4pm, for the 28 January deadline. All the information is available here: https://www.nzonair.govt.nz/funding/apply-music-funding/#new-music-pasifika
NZ On Air introduced New Music Pasifika in 2019, and the Pacific Music Awards Trust and Pacific Media Network have been involved with the funding initiative for the 2019 and 2020 rounds and proudly continue their support for 2021.
In June 2020, the New Music Pasifika round confirmed 24 songs for funding by the following artists:
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
The New Music Pasifika funding is provided for Pacific artists, who are NZ citizens or permanent residents; and have a great unreleased song. If you need a hand with the application or have any questions, please contact the NZ On Air team (firstname.lastname@example.org
and/or email@example.com) or contact the Pacific Music Awards Trust: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a wonderful opportunity for our Pacific artists to receive financial support for their music – so check this out and apply!
NEW RESEARCH ON GENDER INEQUITY IN THE NZ MUSIC INDUSTRY INSPIRES ACTION
Massey University researchers have today released a report detailing widespread gender discrimination in the Aotearoa music community, in the first report of its kind in New Zealand.
READ THE REPORT HERE
The Amplify Aotearoa: NZ Music Community Diversity Survey report was developed by Associate Professor Dr Oli Wilson and Senior Lecturer Dr Catherine Hoad from Te Rewa o Punga School of Music and Creative Media Production of the College of Creative Arts, in partnership with APRA AMCOS New Zealand.
The researchers conducted the Amplify Aotearoa survey in 2019, which was disseminated to the wider music community and received over 1200 responses.
This report specifically looks at the responses of over 600 New Zealand songwriter members of APRA AMCOS (the member organisation representing songwriters and composers in Australasia), which provides a robust census for statistical stratification.
The survey collected quantitative and qualitative data with two key aims – to find out more detailed demographic information about the music community and to find out more about the challenges they’re facing, in a confidential and anonymous manner.
Across the responses, gender emerged as a key factor impacting opportunities, barriers, and experiences of discrimination, highlighting the need for analysis on intersectional issues that impact gender diversity.
More than two-thirds of women in the music community (70.1 per cent) reported experiencing bias, disadvantage or discrimination based on their gender – seven times the rate of men (10 per cent). The qualitative responses included reports from women of being undervalued, overlooked, and patronised by their peers.
Almost half of women (45.2 per cent) reported that their safety in places where music is made and/or performed was a barrier to their success, over twice the rate of men (20.5 per cent). Among the confidential responses to the survey there were instances of sexual harassment and coercion, unwanted physical advances, and inappropriate comments pertaining to appearance.
A lack of gender diversity in live performance/festival and concert line-ups was regularly mentioned by respondents, and women reported instances of being turned down because an event had already fulfilled its ‘quota’.
The survey results also identified areas for future research in order to acquire a deeper understanding of what is happening, why, and where to act. These areas include challenges and discrimination based on other factors, such as ethnicity, age, disability, and sexuality.
Respondents were spread around New Zealand, and represented a variety of age groups, ethnicities, sexualities, genders, and time spent in the industry, as well as working across different areas of the industry (songwriters, performers, composers, producers, educators, label managers, audio engineers, retailers, students, mentors, administrators, and more).
Dr Catherine Hoad says her motivation to do this research stemmed from her role as a senior lecturer in the Bachelor of Commercial Music programme. “As music educators, we’re training students who will form the future workforce of the music industry in Aotearoa. We want to do our part to contribute to an industry environment that is safe and welcoming not only for our graduates, but everyone in the sector.”
Dr Oli Wilson says the College of Creative Arts has strong ties with the music industry and they are looking forward to working with industry members on how to address the issue. “The results from our research are concerning, yet we are heartened by the way industry has acknowledged these findings and are taking them seriously. Aotearoa music’s strength is in its diversity, and it’s important that we continue to support industry towards making our sector fairer for everyone.”
Head of NZ Operations at APRA AMCOS Anthony Healey says “The research shows that we have much to do when it comes to caring for and nurturing the people in our industry.
“Clearly there are genuine barriers to success, particularly for women and this must change. While some of these issues were already suspected, we now have robust evidence. The issues highlighted by the statistics are not acceptable. They demand action and thankfully this report gives us greater insight into the areas that need to be targeted as a priority.
“As a first step forward we are pleased to be part of SoundCheck Aotearoa, and keen to fast track this work, particularly pertaining to safety and conduct.”
SOUNDCHECK AOTEAROA WELCOMES THIS REPORT AS THE BASIS FOR MEANINGFUL ACTION TOWARDS A SAFE AND INCLUSIVE MUSIC COMMUNITY
SoundCheck Aotearoa is a collective action group of organisations, formed with the aim of developing and growing the music industry through a safe and inclusive culture in the music community.
Jo Oliver, a spokesperson for SoundCheck Aotearoa, said:
“We welcome this report as it provides the evidence base needed to prioritise our efforts and work towards meaningful change together. We want all our people to be safe at work whether in a tour van, recording studio, at a venue or in an office. This report reinforces our decision to prioritise work to help prevent and address sexual harm in our music community.”
SoundCheck Aotearoa has appointed a specialist in the area of sexual harm prevention for guidance and support, and its first priority is to support those who have experienced sexual harm. If you or someone you know needs help or support, please see below for a list of contacts and services available.
The group plans to continue its work on safety issues, including rolling out a training programme across the music sector, providing shared resources, and consulting across the music community to develop a code of conduct. This is the first initiative for the newly formed group which also plans to examine gender issues more widely, and has commissioned Massey to provide further research on ethnicity.
The collective work on safety is particularly important for the music industry where there is a prevalence of contractors or self-employed individuals working together sporadically; unusual working hours; and a general lack of traditional workplace structures and HR support.
“SoundCheck Aotearoa is committed to working with organisations, groups, businesses and individuals across the music community to make our workplaces safer. We have taken our first steps and we are inviting everyone in the music community to get involved and contribute to meaningful positive change.”
Visit www.soundcheckaotearoa.co.nz or contact email@example.com for more information or media requests.
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP OR INFORMATION ABOUT SEXUAL HARM:
MusicHelps Wellbeing Service: Call 0508 MUSICHELPS
HELP: Call 24/7 (Auckland) 0800 623 1700, (Wellington) 04 801 6655
Safe To Talk: Call 0800 044 334 | Text 4334 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rape Crisis: Call 0800 88 33 00
NZ Police: Call 105
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: email@example.com
Te Puna Oranga: Kaupapa Māori Sexual Violence Crisis Service – Call 0800 222 042 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Male Survivors Aotearoa: Support for the well-being of male survivors of sexual abuse
Shama: National Sexual Harm Support Service for ethnic communities – Call (07) 843 3810 | Text 022 135 9545
Human Rights Commission: Call 0800 496 877
Employment Relations Authority: Call 0800 209020
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