June 9, 2021 /

TALENTED COMPOSERS CELEBRATED AT 2021 WELLINGTON JAZZ FESTIVAL

This evening we celebrate the winners of the Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist and the APRA Best Jazz Composition, announced at the opening powhiri of the 2021 Wellington Jazz Festival.

Wellington-jazz octet The Jac received the Tūī for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist for their album ‘A Gathering’, while diverse composer and saxophonist Lucien Johnson was recognised as the APRA Best Jazz Composition for his song ‘Blue Rain’.

After a decade performing together, A Gathering showcases The Jac’s tight, intricate compositions and strong improvision skills, while ‘Blue Rain’ showcases Lucien’s mastery of jazz composition as a standout track from the album Wax//Wane.

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen congratulates the group for a well-deserved win.

“How lucky are we to live in a country that has a thriving jazz scene is made up of ringapuoro tautito | jazz musicians like The Jac who craft soulful compositions and albums of such a high calibre.”

APRA AMCOS Head of New Zealand Operations Ant Healey says: “There’s a lot of experimentation and barrier-pushing in the compositions we’re seeing created by musicians like Lucien and the other finalists. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of Kiwi jazz.”

Other finalists for the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist were Lucien Johnson and Unwind, while the finalists for the APRA Best Jazz Composition award were Anita Schwabe for ‘August Augmentation’, Callum Allardice for ‘Dark Love’.

Finalists for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Music Artist

  • WINNER: The Jac – A Gathering
  • Lucien Johnson – Wax//Wane
  • Unwind – Saffron

Finalists for APRA Best Jazz Composition

  • WINNER: Lucien Johnson – ‘Blue Rain’
  • Anita Schwabe – ‘August Augmentation’
  • Callum Allardice – ‘Dark Love’
June 4, 2021 /

DOUBLE AWARD WIN FOR KIWI COUNTRY MUSIC SENSATION TAMI NEILSON

Country music superstar Tami Neilson was presented with both the Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa Tūī | Best Country Music Artist and APRA Best Country Song at the 2021 Country Music Awards last night.

A celebrated musician in both the local and international country music scene, Tami has been recognised for her sensational 2020 album CHICKABOOM! with the Tūī for Best Country Artist.

She also received the award for APRA Best Country Song for her infectious single ‘Queenie, Queenie’.

These two awards will be joining her previous accolades, which include an APRA Silver Scroll and multiple Tūī from previous Music Awards including Best Country Album in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2015.

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen says Tami is a powerhouse in Aotearoa’s music scene, one that has achieved great success both domestically and internationally.

“E mihi ana ki a koe Tami for your continued accomplishments as a wonderful kaiwaiata and for being one of Aotearoa’s most decorated country musicians,” says Owen.

APRA AMCOS Head of New Zealand Operations Ant Healey says: “It’s a delight to present Tami with the 2021 APRA Best Country Song award. As one of the greats in the genre, she continues to define the landscape of New Zealand country music.”

Other finalists for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa | Best Country Music Artist were Jody Direen for her album Smokin’ Ashes, and Ryan Fisherman for his album Vibe.

‘Sleep’ by Delaney Davidson, and ‘Between Hello and Goodbye’ by Kendall Elise Todd were the other finalists for the APRA Best Country Music Song.

Finalists for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa | Best Country Music Artist

  • WINNER: Tami Neilson – CHICKABOOM!
  • Jody Direen – Smokin’ Ashes
  • Ryan Fisherman – Vibe

Finalists for APRA Best Country Music Song

  • WINNER: Tami Neilson – ‘Queenie, Queenie’
  • Delaney Davidson – ‘Sleep’
  • Kendall Elise Todd – ‘Between Hello and Goodbye’
May 23, 2021 /

TOP JAZZ MUSICIANS CELEBRATED WITH FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENT

Aotearoa’s premiere jazz musicians have been celebrated following the announcement of this year’s finalists for the Recorded Music New Zealand Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist and APRA Best Jazz Composition awards.

The NZ jazz scene continues to innovate and thrive, exemplified by this year’s finalists for Best Jazz Artist – including The Jac, Lucien Johnson and Unwind nominated for the 2021 Tūī.

Alongside these nods, the three finalists for APRA’s Best Jazz Composition are Anita Schwabe for ‘August Augmentation’, Callum Allardice for ‘Dark Love’ and Lucien Johnson for ‘Blue Rain’.

Recorded Music New Zealand Best Jazz Artist

Local jazz octet The Jac have been performing original music since 2011, including tours in New Zealand, Australia and South Korea and have featured in the Wellington Jazz Festival, National Jazz and Blues Festival, and Jarasum International Jazz Festival.

Their debut album Nerve was nominated for Best Jazz Album in 2014. And now A Gathering mark a decade of making music together – showcasing their intricate and immersive compositions, tight ensemble playing and assertive, individual improvising voices.

Nominated for both Best Jazz Artist and Best Jazz Composition in 2021, Lucien Johnson is a well-known name in the Aotearoa jazz scene.

Described as “a saxophonist and composer of rare excellence and mettle”, Lucien has played or collaborated with a hugely diverse number of artists including Mulatu Astatke, Alan Silva, the NZSO, New Zealand Dance Company and Borderline Arts Ensemble.

He’s nominated for Best Jazz Artist for his album Wax//Wane and Best Jazz Composition for his piece ‘Blue Rain’.

Made up of renowned jazz musicians Hayden Chisholm (saxophone, sruti box, throat singing), Norman Meehan (piano), Paul Dyne (bass) and Julien Dyne (drums), jazz quartet Unwind are the third finalist for the Best Jazz Artist Tūī for their album Saffron.

All four members of the group are respected musicians with long and fruitful careers, as well as composers, educators, musicologists, broadcasters, and passionate advocates for New Zealand jazz.

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen said the ever-evolving jazz scene in Aotearoa was one of experimentation, with each year bringing new and exciting compositions to experience.

“It’s great to see the local jazz scene thriving and we’re proud to acknowledge the efforts of the talented ringapuoro that compose and create such compelling music.”

APRA Best Jazz Composition

Alongside Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist, we recognise and celebrate the finalists for the APRA Best Jazz Composition.

As a professional musician, composer and teacher, Anita Schwabe is no stranger to Aotearoa’s jazz circles.

She is currently a member of the Rodger Fox Big Band, which has recorded at Capitol, United and Bunker studios with performances at Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Educators Conference New Orleans.

In 2018 she won the APRA Best Jazz Composition for ‘Springtide’ and is back this year with her new composition ‘August Augmentation’.

Two-time APRA Composition winner Callum Allardice is back with his new composition ‘Dark Love’ after previously winning in 2017 for his composition piece ‘Deep Thought’ written for Antipodes and in 2019 for ‘Chungin’’.

He is also in the running for Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist as part of the group The Jac.

The third finalist is Lucien Johnson for his composition ‘Blue Rain’, as well as being a finalist for Best Jazz Artist for his album Wax/Wane.

APRA Head of NZ Operations Anthony Healey says: “It takes a lot of imagination and skill to compose captivating compositions. The three finalists we have this year are truly masters of their craft.”

The winners of each award will be announced as part of the Wellington Jazz Festival opening event on 8th June.

Hot on the heels of its rescheduled 2020 Festival in November, Wellington Jazz Festival returns this winter with its 2021 edition, bringing some of New Zealand’s most legendary jazz artists alongside emerging talents.

Spanning five days (9th to 13th June), this much anticipated festival will showcase the best jazz talent in venues across the city.

Finalists for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Music Artist

  • The Jac – A Gathering
  • Lucien Johnson – Wax//Wane
  • Unwind – Saffron

 

Finalists for APRA Best Jazz Composition

  • Anita Schwabe – ‘August Augmentation’
  • Callum Allardice – ‘Dark Love’
  • Lucien Johnson – ‘Blue Rain’
February 24, 2021 /

LOCAL MUSIC ON RADIO HITS HIGHEST PEAK SINCE RECORDS BEGAN

Local music broke several records for radio airplay and chart placings in 2020 – in spite of the many challenges the industry faced due to the pandemic, according to NZ On Air, the Radio Broadcasters Association and Recorded Music NZ.

For the first time since 2005, commercial radio networks and stations playing contemporary New Zealand music collectively played more than 20% local music content in the calendar year. The final figure for New Zealand music airplay on commercial radio in 2020 of 20.95% surpasses the previous highest figure achieved in 2005 of 20.77%.

Led by a large increase in local music airplay across the Pop, Dance, Adult Contemporary and Beats R&B format stations, cracking 20% has been the culmination of a steady trend of increasing local airplay since a low ebb in 2016/17.

According to NZ On Air’s Head of Music David Ridler the strength and breadth of the great local music repertoire in 2020 has been a key factor in the success.

“There have been big local and global successes like BENEE, Jawsh685, Six60 and Drax Project, astonishing success locally for artists like L.A.B., and a wide range of other local acts who have achieved radio airplay and chart placings. Despite 2020 being a hugely challenging year it was very encouraging to see local audiences loving local hits,” said Mr Ridler.

Damian Vaughan, Chief Executive of Recorded Music NZ noted, “It is extremely satisfying to see the number of NZ artists increasing their presence across commercial radio. Its testament to our talented artists and the breadth of songs being written and produced locally, as well as the strong relationships between the music and radio sectors, all with a shared goal to champion music from Aotearoa.”

Jana Rangooni, Chief Executive of the Radio Broadcasters’ Association (RBA) added, “Commercial radio in New Zealand has always maintained that achieving the code is about a range of artists and songs that are loved by listeners and become the hits they want to hear. It’s so great to see the depth of talent in New Zealand today producing such good music and it’s not surprising Kiwis want to hear more and more of it.”

According to Paul Kennedy from Radioscope/Recorded Music NZ (which manages all airplay data) the 20.95% achievement is the highest quantity of New Zealand music on air in a calendar year since monitoring began. He says, “That’s up from 18.26% in 2019 and 16.61% in 2018, and a long way from the 5% range when these stats first began to be kept in the late ‘90s.”

The data relates exclusively to airplay on commercial radio and does not include music played on public, student and iwi radio – all of which are tracked separately, and also had exceptionally strong local content results in 2020.

Other records broken in 2020 by local music include:

  • More than 2 billion impacts by local songs. An impact is defined as the total number of listeners who were tuned to a particular station at the time a Kiwi song was played, as measured by GfK. It means that on 2 billion occasions a New Zealander heard a New Zealand song being played on the radio.
  • For the first time near the end of 2020, weekly impacts exceeded 50 million in a 7-day period.
  • In 2020, the #1 spot on the weekly RadioScope100 Airplay was held by a local song on 41 occasions.
  • For 34-weeks in a row an NZ song held the #1 position – eight different songs consecutively held the spot – songs by DRAX Project, Six60 (four tracks), L.A.B., Jawsh 685 and Stan Walker.

Going into 2021, NZ On Air says new government investment in music will help to take NZ music’s profile with local audiencesto ever greater heights in years to come.

NZ On Air was allocated two years of additional Music funding in the Arts Recovery package in May 2020. The extra funding is boosting NZ On Air’s investments in multi-single Projects, individual Singles, and rounds focusing on Development, Pasifika artists, Te Reo Māori waiata (with Te Māngai Pāho) and Children’s Music.

NZ On Air funds and promotes a variety of contemporary popular NZ music songs and projects to ensure audiences in Aotearoa can discover and enjoy a wide range of homegrown music. NZ On Air’s music funding and promotional support helps to provide wider content choices for both mainstream and targeted New Zealand audiences.

Editor’s note:
New Zealand has a Voluntary Music Code that was introduced by the commercial radio industry in 2002 when commercial radio stations played less than 10% New Zealand music. It sets a target for New Zealand commercial radio stations to play 20% New Zealand Music.

January 31, 2021 /

TALENTED KIWI FOLK DUO TATTLETALE SAINTS WIN SECOND TUI AT AUCKLAND FOLK FESTIVAL

Tennessee-based New Zealand duo Tattletale Saints won the 2021 Tūī for Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Folk Artist at the Auckland Folk Festival this evening.

The group won for their third studio album, Dancing Under The Dogwoods. This is the second time the duo has won Best Folk Artist, winning in 2014 for their album How Red Is The Blood.

Made up of Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan, Tattletale Saints crafted an album which showcases the band’s perfectly intertwined harmony vocals and Winstanley’s clever yet emotional song writing.

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen says the duo are well deserving of the 2021 Tūī, with their dynamic folk sound earning them recognition for the second time.

“Ngā mihi nui to Cy and Vanessa for crafting another incredibly well-rounded folk album. The talented pair are an exciting group to watch and I can’t wait to see what they create next.”

The other finalists for the 2021 Best Folk Artist Tūī were politically engaged folk-blues artist Darren Watson and newcomers You, Me, Everybody for their debut self-titled EP.

The 2021 Tūī was presented at the Auckland Folk Festival, an annual festival of music, song and dance held at Kumeu Showground, northwest of Auckland.

December 17, 2020 /

OUTSTANDING FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2021 BEST FOLK ARTIST

Darren Watson and You, Me, Everybody have claimed their first Tūī finalist nominations for Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Folk Artist alongside past Tūī winner and finalist Tattletale Saints.

 

Darren Watson

Watson has had quite the 35-year journey from fresh faced front-person of popular 80s rhythm and blues showband Chicago Smoke Shop to politically engaged folk-blues artist.

The Pōneke-based musician’s latest album Getting Sober For The End Of The World was a labour of love recorded mostly in his lounge, then mixed with care in a nearby bedroom.

Despite its humble origins it has been universally praised by fellow artists and critics alike since its release in September 2020, earning a nod for 2021 Best Folk Artist.

 

Tattletale Saints

Tennessee-based New Zealand duo made up of Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan took home the Best Folk Artist Tūī in 2014 for their album How Red Is The Blood. Now, Tattletale Saints’ third release Dancing Under The Dogwoods has the duo coming into their own with a triumphant album celebrating endurance and fortitude.

With thoughtful production, the album showcases the band’s perfectly intertwined harmony vocals and Winstanley’s clever yet emotional song writing.

During their six years in Nashville the Kiwi pair have found their footing largely as in-demand session musicians, playing with artists such as Brandy Clark, Sugarland, Peter Bradley Adams and Aubrie Sellers, utilising schedule breaks to pursue Tattletale Saints.

It’s clear Winstanley and McGowan have spent years working towards to creation of music that is organic, honest and effervescent with Dancing Under The Dogwoods, well deserving of Folk Artist finalist.

 

You, Me, Everybody

Recently formed You, Me, Everybody pushes the boundaries of what New Zealand knows of a genre that was formed on tradition and rules to create progressive bluegrass. Known as New Zealand’s first bluegrass supergroup, their backgrounds are as diverse as their ages and musical style.

While upbeat bangers are part of their repertoire, this is no pub band – but a collection of New Zealand’s best acoustic instrumentalists.

In February they released their self-titled EP You, Me, Everybody which reached number 13 in the New Zealand album charts.

Recorded Music NZ’s Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen says it’s great to see the transformation of New Zealand folk music to incorporate true folk sound mixed with Aotearoa’s roots.

“Once again the Best Folk Artist category is brimming with talented homegrown folk musicians who know how to perfectly combine classic folk and blues sound with a local twist.

“The diversity of the folk genre is always impressive, and all three finalists are extremely well deserving of the Tūī this year – it will be a hard one to judge. Ngā mihi nui ki te hunga whiringa toa!”

 

The Auckland Folk Festival is held over Anniversary Weekend in January 2021, with the Best Folk Artist Tūī presented on the Sunday evening. Tickets are available from https://aucklandfolkfestival.co.nz/buy-tickets/

 

 

December 3, 2020 /

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, sexual coercion and assault, 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.”

 

 

December 1, 2020 /

KIWI MUSIC DOMINATES THE 2020 OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC CHARTS

For the first time since 2004, when Brooke Fraser and Ben Lummis took out top album and top single respectively, Kiwi music has taken out both the top spots on the End of Year Official NZ Music Charts.

Summer circuit favourites L.A.B.’s topped the Singles Chart with their smash hit ‘In The Air’, followed by pop juggernaut The Weeknd for his song ‘Blinding Lights’ and ‘Roses’ by SAINt jHN.

It’s been a big year for L.A.B., who won two Tui at the Aotearoa Music Awards this year for Best Roots Artist and People’s Choice, with their first stadium headline performance planned for summer this year.

In another local win, Six60 took out the 2020 top Album Chart with Six60 (3), followed by Harry StylesFine Line. No strangers to the charts, Six60 are the next Kiwi artist to feature on the album chart, coming in at number six with the Six60 EP.

Six60 dethrone Billie Eilish who held the top album spot in 2019 with When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

The last time a Kiwi album took the annual top spot was Sol3 Mio by Sol3 Mio in 2013. The last single by a Kiwi artist to top the charts was ‘You Got Me’ by J. Williams featuring Scribe in 2010.

The local charts

The New Zealand top album list is also dominated by Six60 and L.A.B.

Six60 claims four spots in the top five while L.A.B. have three albums in the top 10.

L.A.B.’s chart topping single is followed by Jawsh 685 with ‘Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)’, BENEE with ‘Glitter’, Drax Project ft Six60’s ‘Catching Feelings’ and ‘Long Gone’ by Six60.

Recorded Music NZ Chart Compiler Paul Kennedy said it’s encouraging to see Kiwi music dominating the charts.

“These results show an outstanding year for Kiwi music. In a time where international acts can’t reach our shores New Zealand has come out in full support of the local music industry,” says Kennedy.

“This year has been one of the toughest ever for Kiwi music, but the chart results show how music unites us all. L.A.B and Six60 are two bands that embrace Aotearoa’s unique culture, with Six60 recording and performing in te reo, and L.A.B claiming four Waiata Māori Music Awards in October.”

Recorded Music CEO, Damian Vaughan, said it’s no surprise that Kiwi music comes out on top this year.

“The recent Aotearoa Music Awards were a celebration of our musicians and their mahi from the last year, and it’s great to see this translating into chart topping results,” says Vaughan.

“Despite the challenges of COVID facing the world, there’s always space for great Kiwi music to comfort us and remind us of our place in the world.”

 

November 26, 2020 /

ANNOUNCING SOUNDCHECK AOTEAROA

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:

  • fair representation:  equitable opportunities, treatment and representation for all people regardless of their attributes including gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability (including illness), regional status, paternity/maternity and marital status
  • an inclusive culture, with practices and behaviours to ensure that individuals feel respected, included and heard
  • an environment where they are safe from discrimination, bullying, harassment, sexual harassment and violence
  • access to advocacy on behalf of their specific needs and challenges

Our commitment | Tō Mātou Takohanga
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: info@soundcheckaotearoa.co.nz | 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 support@safetotalk.nz
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: korowai@korowaitumanako.org
Te Puna Oranga: Kaupapa Māori Sexual Violence Crisis Service – Call 0800 222 042 | Email: info@tepunaoranga.co.nz
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

November 16, 2020 /

AOTEAROA MUSIC AWARDS | NGA TOHU PUORO O AOTEAROA WINNERS 2020

1. Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year
Winner:
The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers L.A.B – L.A.B III
Nadia Reid – Out Of My Province
Reb Fountain – Reb Fountain
Six60 – Six60
Tami Neilson – Chickaboom

2. Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year
Winner:
BENEE – ‘Supalonely’
Drax Project ft Six60 – ‘Catching Feelings’
Jawsh685 – ‘Savage Love’
L.A.B – ‘In The Air’
Six60 – ‘Please Don’t Go’
Troy Kingi – ‘All Your Ships Have Sailed

3. Te Roopu Toa | Best Group
Winner: The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers L.A.B. – L.A.B. III
Miss June – Bad Luck Party
Six60 – Six60

4. Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist
Winner:
BENEE – Stella & Steve
JessB – New Views
Nadia Reid – Out Of My Province
Reb Fountain – Reb Fountain

5. Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Winner: Jawsh685
CHAII
MELODOWNZ
Paige

6. Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist
Winner:
Maimoa
Ria Hall
Stan Walker

7. Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist
Winner:
BENEE
Paige
Six60

8. Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist
Winner: The Beths
Mermaidens
Reb Fountain

9. Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist
Winner:
Haz & Miloux
Lepani
Stan Walker

10. Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist
Winner: Church & AP
choicevaughan
Raiza Biza

11. Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist
Winner:
L.A.B
Lomez Brown
Ria Hall

12. Te Māngai Pāho Mana Reo Award
Winner: Mōhau
Maimoa
Six60

13. Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist
Winner:
Lee Mvtthews
State of Mind
Truth

14. Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist
Winner:
City of Souls
Devilskin
Villainy

15. Te Kaipuoro Kairangi Toa | Best Worship Artist
Winner:
Mōhau
Kane Adams
Te Rautini

16. Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist
Winner:
Andrew Beer & Sarah Watkins
Klara Kollektiv
Matthew Marshall

17. Te Kōwhiri o te Nuinga | People’s Choice Award
L.A.B

18. Tohu Whakareretanga | Recorded Music NZ Legacy Award
Johnny Cooper
Max Merritt
Peter Posa
Dinah Lee
The Chicks
Larry’s Rebels

19. Te Toa Hoko Teitei | Highest Selling Artist
Six60

20. Te Rikoata Marakerake o te Tau | NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year
Drax Project – ‘Catching Feelings (feat. Six60)’

21. Tohu Tutuki o te Ao | Recorded Music NZ International Achievement
BENEE
Jawsh685

2020 Artisan Awards

22. Te Kaiwhakaputa Toa | Massey University Best Producer
Winner:
 Josh Fountain
Brad Kora – L.A.B III (L.A.B)
CHAII & Frank Keys – Lightswitch (CHAII)

23. Te Kaipukaha Toa | Best Engineer
Winner:  Simon Gooding – Reb Fountain (Reb Fountain)
Lee Prebble – Manawa Wera (Ria Hall) Lee Prebble & Ara Adams-Tamatea – L.A.B III (L.A.B)

24. Te Puoro Ataata Toa | NZ On Air Best Music Video
Winner:
Anahera Parata – ‘Bunga’ (SWIDT)
Callum Devlin & Annabel Kean – ‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ (The Beths)
Connor Pritchard – ‘All Your Ships Have Sailed’ (Troy Kingi)

25. Te Toi Ataata Pukaemi Toa | Best Album Artwork
Winner:
Lily Paris West – Look Me In The Eye (Mermaidens)
Karin Canzek – Reb Fountain (Reb Fountain)
Mike Braid – The Brightest Flame (Jeremy Redmore)

26. Kaiwhakahaere Puoro o te Tau | Recorded Music NZ Manager of the Year
Winner:
Paul McKessar (CRS Management)
Dan Woolston (Richmond Music)
Nicole Thomas & Paula Yeoman (NicNak Media Ltd)