As we are all adjusting to alert level 4 here in Aotearoa we wanted to reach out during this time of self-isolation, to let you know the whole Recorded Music NZ team is working remotely and is here to support you. Our thoughts are with you all wherever you may be hunkering down currently and that you are staying safe and healthy, looking after one another.

Alongside our earlier pan-industry announcements that we’ve made toegether with our industry colleagues, we want to update you with some specific Recorded Music NZ announcements below.

Now may be a good time to get on top of some of those administrative tasks, and If you have a question around any of our activities or would just like to understand more about Recorded Music NZ our full staff list and contact details can be found here. Also remember that you can contact us and get regular updates via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Lastly, a reminder to you also of the services that are available to our music community via our industry charity MusicHelps – specifically, the wellbeing service and the benevolent fund that may be of assistance to you as we all navigate these difficult times.


MusicHelpsLive was launched this week to specifically support people and organisations facing hardship due to COVID-19. MusicHelpsLive aims to raise $2 million dollars to see NZ music people through the coming winter. All funds raised will be distributed to those music workers whose livelihoods have been shattered as a result of the crisis. Go to to find out more.

NB: Urge your friends, family and fans to text “MUSIC” to 2448 to donate $3 directly to the emergency appeal.


You can now check out the weekly RadioScope Airplay charts online. The last couple of weeks of charts are available now at with more resources to be added soon. The charts are based on airplay data collected from 60 stations including all major commercial stations, student and iwi radio in NZ. Also, be sure to check out the Playlists link. We have put together a data-driven selection of recent NZ music. The seven genre lists are comprised predominantly of new & up-and-coming artists, showcasing songs which have begun to pick up radio and streaming success but could do with your support to continue their rise.

CALLING ALL DIRECT-TO-RECORDING ARTIST REGISTERED ARTISTS & LABELS  With the 2019 calendar year distribution being finalised it is important that you have registered all new recordings released in 2019 with us prior to the deadline of 30th April 2020. This is more important than ever with the current covid-19 pandemic as it will assist us to make an accurate & timely distribution. To register your recordings please do this by visiting the artist login page or contacting our member services team by email.


Still unsure on what the term Neighbouring Rights means? We have recently added a new page to our website titled Understanding Neighbouring Rights. Here you will find information on both how this relates to your recordings both here in Aotearoa and beyond.


While the great majority of you have invoiced and been paid for previous distributions, there are still a small number who have not provided an invoice and payment information. If you think this may be you, please access your artist account at the artist login page to complete these details or if you are not sure just contact our member services team by email.


With the seismic changes to the music industry landscape in the last few weeks, it is with sadness that we have had to see the postponement or cancellation of many great events, including those who support us to present our Tui outside of the main awards.  The Pacific Music AwardsTussock Country Festival (home to the NZ Country Music Awards), the Wellington Jazz Festival (home to the NZ Jazz Awards) and the Children’s Music Awards will now no longer take place on their usual May/June dates. Recorded Music NZ will now announce the finalists and winner of these awards in the upcoming weeks and months on-line, and we look forward to sharing this good news with you all in some new and socially distanced way.

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