January 28, 2022 /

Music industry bodies call on Government to urgently reinstate financial support

Yesterday music industry bodies wrote a combined letter to the Prime Minister and Ministers Grant Robertson, Carmel Sepuloni, and Kiritapu Allan, on behalf of Aotearoa’s contemporary music industry: artists, songwriters, and composers who write, perform and record; and the many workers and organisations who support them and our world class music sector.

The letter asked the government to urgently reinstate the Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Support Payments in order to support music sector businesses and sole traders while Aotearoa remains in the Red setting of the COVID Protection Framework.

The change to the red setting means all imminent significant size shows, festivals and events have been cancelled or postponed, with no certainty as to whether any event will be able to safely proceed in coming months, which is already having a significant impact on the lives and livelihoods of artists and the entire music sector.

While the music sector is very grateful for the targeted assistance from the government to date, and supports the government’s health response to protect all New Zealanders, the current move to Red sees the music sector in the most precarious position it has faced during the pandemic. The summer festival and touring period accounts for the majority of annual live music income and provides a financial buffer for the rest of the calendar year. The 2022 ‘earning season’ has been drastically reduced, and many have already depleted their reserves surviving the uncertain times so far.

The MCH Event Support Scheme and the MBIE Events Transition Support Payment scheme (ETSP) are useful tools which provide assistance to the live sector, but only within certain parameters and criteria, and the cancellation or postponement of live music and events has a flow on effect across almost all music businesses and workers, regardless of whether they are involved in live music themselves. A cancelled gig means the loss of economic opportunity in many forms – not just the tickets sales or fee, but the opportunity to connect with fans, increase streaming and record sales, sell merch, create new content, and secure interest in future live performances. The lost revenue also stops the economic flow to studio bookings, local media spends, investment in publicity and marketing, manufacturing and production, music retail, management and agent companies, etc.

A reinstatement of the Resurgence Support Payment and Wage Subsidy would assist almost all music sector businesses and sole traders, including the artists, to survive through this next phase of the government’s health response for COVID-19. It would support artists and performers, music venues, live music workers and technical crew people, along with assisting the rest of the music sector who will be affected by the ensuing impact.

The Resurgence Support Payment and Wage Subsidy schemes are very effective tools which can be quickly and efficiently implemented for the music sector. The eligibility criteria centred on decreases in revenue and income ensures the support is being targeted at the most affected people, and artists themselves can access both schemes.

The music industry bodies are united in their support of this request, and ready to provide further information to the government should they need it.

December 3, 2021 /

FIVE WĀHINE TOA TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE NZ MUSIC HALL OF FAME

The New Zealand Music Hall of Fame | Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa is proud to announce the induction of five incredible women. The latest inductees’ hard-fought journeys have left a lasting legacy and forged a path for others on-stage as well as behind the scenes.

Annie CrummerDebbie HarwoodDianne SwannMargaret Urlich and Kim Willoughby will be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame in December. They will be recognised for their individual contributions to Aotearoa’s music scene, the inspiration they provided to local artists and audiences, and their importance in shaping New Zealand’s popular culture.

All five women got their start in the early 80’s. Annie and Kim, each having already released music under either solo or group names, found themselves atop the charts as guest vocalists on Netherworld Dancing Toys ‘For Today’. Dianne’s band Everything That Flies was on the rise and earning plaudits everywhere. Debbie’s talent was picked up early with a signing to CBS Records and award nominations following soon after. And Margaret was unmissable as the frontwoman of Peking Man.

“When I was a young person, women were outnumbered in the business by perhaps 100:1,” says Harwood*.

“All of us had toured for years in original bands. As the touring circuit dissolved and radio shut its doors to local music, surviving as an original band became almost impossible. At this time, as video became the new radio, local artists were competing with the huge video budgets of overseas bands. Our videos looked tragic in comparison, and it perpetuated the self-effacing Kiwi attitude that New Zealand music was crap. It was a tough time. The only way to get to the people at this time was to tour the length and breadth of New Zealand, relentlessly building up a live fan base.”

Debbie, Dianne, Annie and Margaret had a chance meeting at the 1985 Aotearoa Music Awards where all of them were finalists. Not long after that, the idea was floated of getting together with the addition of Kim as When The Cat’s Away.

“The idea formed to get together, have some fun and sing a bunch of songs that we like, learn some harmonies. I don’t think anybody pictured it as being as popular as it became,” said Dianne in 2004.

“The Cats toured for two and a half years before ‘Melting Pot’ was released,” said Debbie.

“As the single shot to No.1 in 1988, the industry was incredulous. Considering the lack of support at the time, our success was like a flower cracking through concrete! The sharemarket crash had just happened, and the public loved the band because we were optimistic and energetic. Sometimes I felt like Vera Lynn cheering up the troops. The preference would have been that our original bands had been supported by radio and the public, so we reluctantly accepted the huge success of the band, never fully standing in the glare of it. There was a little bit of bitterness at the necessity of forming such a band: a band that was born out of exhaustion from trying to get airplay and support for our original music, a band that was supposed to be merely a short break from the slog.”

However, from this unexpected success came a multitude of positives and an enduring public and peer adoration and respect for these five supremely talented musicians:

Annie Crummer

Annie Crummer MNZM has one of New Zealand’s best-loved and most travelled voices. That voice has taken her from Avondale to Paisley Park, from local talent quests to duets with Sting, and back to her Rarotongan heritage. She first came to public notice with her inescapable performance on the Netherworld Dancing Toys’ ‘For Today’ (which also featured Kim Willoughby), before going on to a successful solo career as a featured performer, powerhouse vocalist for hire and an enviable CV in musical theatre, notably starring roles in The Lion King and Queen: We Will Rock You (“The voice of one in a million” – Brian May). Annie most recently contributed original work to Waiata Anthems last year and is currently working on a new solo album.

Debbie Harwood

Debbie Harwood is a renaissance woman of the New Zealand music industry. As well as being a platinum-selling and award-winning artist, she has also been a radio host, publicist, tour manager, producer and a music mentor. She has always championed the work of female singer/songwriters. A successful stint touring Australia (most notably working with Jimmy Barnes) was followed by a return to Aotearoa where amongst gigging, Debbie released an all-female album of love songs and masterminded the Give It A Girl concerts, also finding time to lecture on music at the University of Auckland. Debbie’s most recent EP, The Sun, came out in 2019.

Dianne Swann

Playing live to 85,000 people. Signing to two international labels. Recording with Radiohead. Having her song ‘Birthday’ chosen as NME single of the week. These are just some of the highlights of Dianne Swann’s career as a vocalist, songwriter, and performer. After spending much of the 90s in the UK with her bands The Julie Dolphin and Boom Boom Mancini, Dianne returned home and formed the critically-acclaimed duo The Bads, releasing four albums since 2005, as well as touring and recording with the likes of Dave McArtney, Tim Finn and OpShop amongst many others. Having spent a career mostly in bands, Dianne released the album The War On Peace Of Mind under her own name this year to critical acclaim.

Margaret Urlich

Already a New Zealand superstar by the mid-80s thanks to her lead role in Peking Man, Margaret achieved what very few Kiwi artists in the 80’s and 90’s could do by cracking Australia. Her debut solo album Safety In Numbers sold over 250,000 copies across the ditch and established Margaret as one of the premiere artists of the 90’s with multiple platinum albums in both Aotearoa and Australia. Margaret relocated and made a home in rural New South Wales but returned often to New Zealand to tour, most recently in 2019.

Kim Willoughby

From post-punks The Gurlz through to Netherworld Dancing Toys, the platinum-selling and chart-topping When The Cat’s Away as well as being a go-to vocalist for seemingly everyone; Kim’s career is that of the consummate professional. A naturally gifted singer, blessed with a word-for-word perfect recall for song lyrics. Kim continues to tour as Kim Willoughby & the Bandoleros with fellow Hall of Famers Paul Woolwright and Rick Ball (Hello Sailor).

New Zealand Music Hall of Fame | Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa

Presented by NZ Music Hall of Fame Trust, the inductions are undertaken in a private ceremony whereupon inductees are gifted a tapu taonga, in accordance with tikanga Māori. All five women inducted will be publicly acknowledged at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards in December on TVNZ 2. The entire broadcast will be streamed on TVNZ On Demand.

Thanks to our friends at Spotify please check out our Hall of Fame 2021 playlist here

November 11, 2021 /

AOTEAROA MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCE 2021 FINALISTS

Today the Aotearoa Music Awards | Nga Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa announce an outstanding list of 2021 finalists as well as key details for this year’s event.

The 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards will be a live television event screened on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ OnDemand from the Aotea Centre.

The event will take place in December and will be rescheduled to a date in early 2022 if Covid-19 restrictions prevent the ceremony from going ahead.

Recorded Music New Zealand CEO Damian Vaughan is incredibly pleased that we are able to deliver the 56th annual Aotearoa Music Awards.

“Our artists and our industry have endured massive disruption over the last 18 months. The uncertainty around live music performance has affected livelihoods and has impacted every part of our music industry which is predicated on bringing people together,” says Vaughan.

“One beacon of positivity however has been music fans utterly embracing our artists and their waiata throughout this period.

“It is heartening to see we are consuming homegrown music in record numbers across all forms from streaming to vinyl to radio. Let’s keep that positive support going!”

TVNZ Director of Content Cate Slater says, The Aotearoa Music Awards are the biggest night in the NZ music calendar and we’re thrilled that they have a new home on TVNZ. Supporting the music industry and these incredible local artists is important to TVNZ, and we’re excited to help celebrate the very best of New Zealand music with a special live television event.”

Announcing the finalists for the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards

No stranger to the music awards, Troy Kingi emerges as the frontrunner for the 2021 awards with six nominations.

With four Tūi already to his name, Troy Kingi celebrates being a finalist across Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year for his fourth album The Ghost of Freddie Cesar and Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year for ‘Sleep (Slumber)’.

He’s also a finalist for for Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist, Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist, Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist, in addition to a nomination for Te Māngai Pāho Mana Reo award with blues and roots trio The Nudge.

Following the release of his debut album in March, singer songwriter TEEKS has had a hugely successful year – including a sold out nationwide tour.

He’s a finalist for five awards this year including Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year for Something to Feel, Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year for ‘Remember Me’, Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist, Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist and Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist.

Fast becoming an iconic Kiwi band, L.A.B are back and finalists for four Tūi. This year they have stepped it up with a multitude of sold out shows, from Mt Smart Stadium in March to selling out their two arena shows in Hamilton and Wellington within one day.

They are finalists for Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year for L.A.B. IV, Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year for ‘Why Oh Why’, Te Roopu Toa | Best Group and Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist.

Pop juggernaut BENEE took home all four Tūi from her 2020 Aotearoa Music Award nominations. This year she is a finalist once again for Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist and The Edge Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist, along with Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year for her debut studio album Hey u x.

Lorde’s triumphant return is also celebrated this year, with her single ‘Solar Power’ nominated for Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year.

With one of the most famous surnames in Kiwi music, Harper Finn is forging his own path with his inventive, piano pop, and is this year nominated for Spotify Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year for ‘Dance Away These Days’.

Pop duo Foley celebrate their first Tūi nominations across two categories, Spotify Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year and The Edge Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist.

The finalists for the 2021 Te Māngai Pāho Mana Reo award are Rei, The Nudge & Troy Kingi, and Te Nūtube – the dynamic duo of Atareta Milne (11) and Te Haakura Ihimaera-Manley (9) who are nominated for ‘Peke’  – their waiata from Season 3 of their popular Māori Television children’s show.

Dead Favours, fronted by vocalist Jared Wrennall who previously was the drummer for Grammy Award-nominated punk band Steriogram, sees their first nomination for Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist, alongside homegrown rockers Ekko Park and Mako Road.

In the Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist category, we see Anthonie TonnonNa Noise and Wax Chattels up for the Tūi, while Diggy Dupè, SWIDT and Team Dynamite celebrate their nomination for Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist.

Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist finalists include Paige Julia, Shapeshifter and Sola Rosa, and the finalists for Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist are Claire CowanJustin DeHart and Tony Yan Tong Chen.

Longstanding Kiwi favourites Six60 are finalists for Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year for ‘All She Wrote’while Niko Walters is nominated for Spotify Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year through his laid back, catchy storytelling single ‘Not My Neighbour’.

The other finalists for the prestigious Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year are Kiwi music royalty Crowded House for Dreamers are Waiting and The Phoenix Foundation for Friend Ship, who are also both up for Te Roopu Toa | Best Group.

Other 2021 Aotearoa Music Award finalists includes Mara TK (Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist and Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist), Shapeshifter (Te Roopu Toa | Best Group), Anna Coddington (Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist), Muroki (Spotify Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year), LA WOMEN (The Edge Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist), Grove Roots and Tomorrow People (Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist).

Recorded Music New Zealand Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen is excited to be able to finally share the finalists for this year’s awards.

“Our ringapuoro and their waiata are always there for us as the soundtrack of our shared experiences – they tell our stories and make us feel,” says Owen.

“Even as we continue to navigate through the pandemic and the disturbance it brings, our music community deserve to be acknowledged. It’s an honour and a privilege to present the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards Tūī to celebrate our artists achievements. Ngā mihi nui ki te hunga whiringa toa!”

The recipients of the Te Toa Hoko Teitei, | Highest Selling Artist, NZ On Air Te Rikoata Marakerake o te Tau | Radio Airplay Record of the Year and Te Kōwhiri o te Nuinga | People’s Choice will be announced on the night at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards.

The event will take place at the Aotea Centre’s Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre and will be broadcast live on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ OnDemand, made with the support of NZ On Air.

Thanks to the official Aotearoa Music Awards audio streaming partner Spotify please check out all the finalists via these
links: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2qALFVU1inW45NlUgS3W2q?si=9ebdfb5b02f74cd2

AOTEAROA MUSIC AWARDS | NGA TOHU PUORO O AOTEAROA FINALISTS 2021

  1. Recorded Music NZ Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year
    BENEE – Hey u x
    Crowded House – Dreamers are Waiting
    A.B. – L.A.B. IV
    The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship
    TEEKS – Something to Feel
    Troy Kingi – The Ghost of Freddie Cesar
  2. Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year
    Harper Finn – ‘Dance Away These Days’
    A.B. – ‘Why Oh Why’
    Lorde – ‘Solar Power’
    Six60 – ‘All She Wrote’
    TEEKS – ‘Remember Me’
    Troy Kingi – ‘Sleep (Slumber)’
  3. Te Roopu Toa | Best Group
    Crowded House – Dreamers are Waiting
    A.B. – L.A.B. IV
    The Phoenix Foundation – Friend Ship
    Shapeshifter – Rituals
  4. Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist
    Anna Coddington – Beams
    BENEE – Hey u x
    TEEKS – Something to Feel
    Troy Kingi – The Ghost of Freddie Cesar
  5. Spotify Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year
    Foley
    Harper Finn
    Muroki
    Niko Walters
  6. Te Māngai Pāho Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist
    Mara TK
    Teeks
    Troy Kingi
  7. The Edge Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist
    BENEE
    Foley
    LA WOMEN
  8. Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist
    Anthonie Tonnon
    Na Noise
    Wax Chattels
  9. Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist
    Mara TK
    Teeks
    Troy Kingi
  10. Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist
    Diggy Dupè
    SWIDT
    Team Dynamite
  11. Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist
    Grove Roots
    A.B
    Tomorrow People
  12. Te Māngai Pāho Mana Reo Award
    Rei
    Te Nūtube
    The Nudge & Troy Kingi
  13. Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist
    Paige Julia
    Shapeshifter
    Sola Rosa
  14. Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist
    Dead Favours
    Ekko Park
    Mako Road
  15. Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist
    Claire Cowan
    Justin DeHart
    Tony Yan Tong Chen
November 10, 2021 /

Covid-19 Financial support and information

HAVE YOU LOST SIGNIFICANT INCOME DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS?

If so, you can apply for financial assistance from the government via both the Wage Subsidy AND Resurgence Support Payment.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re self-employed / a sole-trader, a small business, or have employees, you are entitled to apply for this support if you have lost income.

We know many of our members have been severely impacted by the lockdown, and we want to make sure you’re getting all the financial support that’s available, so in collaboration with the other music organisations and some helpful accountants (thanks Entertainment Accounting!), we’ve put together some detailed advice and FAQs which should help you to access the $$.

We’ve got info about what you’re entitled to, what you need to apply, how to get an NZBN if you need one, deadlines, tax ramifications, helpful contact phone numbers, and even a video to show you how straight forward it can be.

The PDF below provides guidance and information about the Wage Subsidy, Resurgence Support Payment, and other available financial support (hot tip, read this one first):

COVID19 Financial Assistance Information

And the following two files provide more detailed FAQs

COVID19 RESURGENCE SUPPORT FAQ

COVID19 WAGE SUBSIDY FAQ

This is a handy video which gives you the lowdown on applying for the Resurgence Support Payment, with thanks to Bruce Earle at Accountants Wellington.

October 30, 2021 /

ANNOUNCING THE FINALISTS FOR 2021 ARTISAN AWARDS

RECOGNISING THE SUCCESS OF AOTEAROA’S BEHIND-THE-SCENES MUSIC TALENT

For the sixth year running, Recorded Music NZ and Massey University will celebrate the unsung heroes of Aotearoa’s music industry at the AMA Artisan Awards.

The 2021 Artisan Award finalists and winners will be celebrated in a pre-recorded showcase made at Massey University and released on TVNZ OnDemand.

The show will feature performances from Jaedyn Randell and Dream Chambers, The Nudge V Troy Kingi, and Ka Hao.

The five Tūi presented are:

  • Massey University Te Kaiwhakaputa Toa | Best Producer
  • NZ On Air Te Kiko Puoro Ataata Toa | Best Music Video Content
  • Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Album Artwork
  • Te Kaipukaha Toa | Best Engineer
  • Kaiārahi Puoro o te Tau | Music Teacher of the Year

Alongside these five the Music Managers Forum Aotearoa will also be presenting the Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere Puoro o te Tau | Manager of the Year

Recorded Music New Zealand Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen says it’s been another challenging year for the creative industries, with COVID-19 impacting all aspects of Aotearoa’s hapori puoro.

“While this year has certainly had its challenges, it’s also been filled with success stories from Aotearoa’s music community. Everything comes together behind the scenes and we’re lucky to have some of the world’s best producers, engineers, designers, directors, teachers, managers and artists,” says Owen.

The Best Album Artwork finalists for 2021 are Amanda Cheng for her work on Wax Chattel’s ClotJaime RobertsonMatthias Heidrich and Andrew Spraggon for their work on Sola Rosa’s Chasing the Sun, and Frances Carter for TEEKS’ Something to Feel. All three album covers can be found here.

The finalists for Massey University Best Producer are Delaney Davidson and Jol Mulholland for Troy Kingi’s fifth studio album Black Sea Golden LadderHarry Huavi for his work on Team Dynamite’s Respect The Process.

Joel Little is the third finalist for Best Producer for his work on Noah Kahan’s ‘Part of Me’, Jarryd James’ ‘Miracles’, Tate McRae and Khalid’s ‘Working’, Imagine Dragons’ ‘Follow You’ and Vance Joy’s ‘Missing Piece’.

Jol Mulholland sees his second 2021 Artisan nod for Troy Kingi’s Black Sea Golden Ladder in the Best Engineer category, alongside Lee Prebble and Ara Adams-Tamatea on L.A.B.’s fourth album L.A.B. IV and Simon Gooding on TEEKS’ Something to Feel.

The finalists for this year’s NZ On Air Best Music Video Content are Alexander Gander for Georgia Lines’ ‘No One Knows’, Anahera Parata for Louis Baker’s powerful tribute to his late grandfather ‘Brighter Day’ and Connor Pritchard for MELODOWNZ’s ‘Money’.

Andre Ktori, Head of School, School of Music and Creative Media Production at Massey University says: “As always Massey University is proud to be hosting the Artisan Awards. Like so many in our sector, we have been challenged again with producing a live event this year but are pleased that our students, staff and industry whānau have all come together to create a show that acknowledges and celebrates the awesome talent here in Aotearoa”

This year, we will again be recognising the enormous impact music teachers have on the beginning of our homegrown talents’ musical careers and the foundation of their understanding.

The nominees for Music Teacher of the Year are Papakura High School’s Andrea Rabin, Hobsonville Point Secondary School’s Jeni Little, while Gisborne Girls High School’s Jane Egan receives her third nomination for the award.

Finally, the three nominees for Recorded Music NZ Manager of the Year celebrates the strong wāhine paving the way for their artists, with Cushla AstonLorraine Barry and NicNak Media’s Nicole Thomas and Paula Yeoman.

MMF Aotearoa chair Teresa Patterson says: “We’re so honoured to be presenting the 2021 Music Manager of the Year award with the Artisan Awards again. Our industry has taken such a massive hit this year, and music managers have been critical in helping our nation’s artists continue to create and their business to survive. This award allows us to recognise and appreciate all that hard work.”

The 2021 Artisan Awards are being pre-recorded at Massey University’s flagship recording studios in Wellington and will be available on TVNZ OnDemand at a later date.


2021 Artisan Award Finalists

Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Album Artwork

  • Amanda Cheng – Clot (Wax Chattels)
  • Jaime Robertson/Matthias Heidrich/Andrew Spraggon – Chasing The Sun (Sola Rosa)
  • Frances Carter – Something To Feel (TEEKS)

Massey University Te Kaiwhakaputa Toa | Best Producer

  • Delaney Davidson & Jol Mulholland – Black Sea, Golden Ladder (Troy Kingi)
  • Harry Huavi – Respect The Process (Team Dynamite)
  • Joel Little – ‘Part of Me’ (Noah Kahan), ‘Miracles’ (Jarryd James), ‘Working’ (Tate McRae & Khalid), ‘Follow You’ (Imagine Dragons), ‘Missing Piece’ (Vance Joy)

 Te Kaipukaha Toa | Best Engineer

  • Jol Mulholland – Black Sea, Golden Ladder (Troy Kingi)
  • Lee Prebble & Ara Adams-Tamatea – A.B IV (L.A.B)
  • Simon Gooding – Something To Feel (TEEKS)

 NZ On Air Te Kiko Puoro Ataata Toa | Best Music Video Content

  • Alexander Gander – ‘No One Knows’ (Georgia Lines)
  • Anahera Parata – ‘Brighter Day’ (Louis Baker)
  • Connor Pritchard – ‘Money’ (MELODOWNZ)

 Kaiārahi Puoro o te Tau | Music Teacher of the Year

  • Andrea Rabin (Papakura High School)
  • Jane Egan (Gisborne Girls High School)
  • Jeni Little (Hobsonville Point Secondary School)

 Recorded Music NZ  Kaiwhakahaere Puoro o te Tau | Manager of the Year (presented by the Music Managers Forum Aotearoa)

  • Cushla Aston (Aston Road)
    • Louis Baker
  • Lorraine Barry (Lorraine Barry Management)
    • Sir Dave Dobbyn, Tom Scott, Team Dynamite, Aaradhna and VGB
  • Nicole Thomas & Paula Yeoman (NicNak Media Ltd)
    • Theia, Chores, Paige, Abby Wolfe, & Nganeko

 

October 21, 2021 /

IFPI releases Engaging with Music 2021


Fans around world are listening to more music – 18.4 hours (368 three-minute tracks) weekly

Fans enjoy music in more ways, as labels’ innovation drives excitement and diversity of music

Use of unlicensed music remains issue harming creators, continues to evolve

Download the full report here

Infographic available for download here

21st October 2021 – IFPI, representing the recording industry worldwide, has today released Engaging with Music 2021, measuring how 43,000 people across 21 countries – the largest study of its kind – engage with music.

Report highlights include:

  • Around the world, music fans are enjoying a rich and diverse mix of genres. In addition to well-known popular genres, well over 300 different genres were named by at least one person in the 43,000-person study as music they typically listen to, including gqom, axé, and hokkien song. This reflects the rich, diverse, and highly competitive music landscape fans now enjoy around the world.
  • Engagement is fuelled by music fans’ increasingly rich experiences, with music driving innovations such as short form video, livestreaming, and in-game experiences. 68% of the time spent on short form video apps involved music-dependent videos such as lip syncing and dance challenges. Furthermore, one in three (29%) said they had watched a music livestream such as a concert in the last 12 months.
  • Time spent listening to music is up globally. Fans are enjoying more music today than ever before, on average spending 4 hours a week listening to music (up from 18 hours in 2019) – the equivalent of listening to 368 three-minute tracks.
  • Driven, in part, by record labels’ investment, engagement with streaming – particularly subscription audio streaming – continues to grow, demonstrating increasing value to fans. Time spent listening to music through subscription audio streaming grew 51%, as music fans continue to embrace streaming for the access and autonomy it provides to choose the artists and the music that they love.
  • Music makes a powerful contribution to wellbeing, providing comfort and healing to many – especially younger people – in challenging times. 87% said that music provided enjoyment and happiness during the pandemic. 68% of 16-19s said new releases from their favourite artists helped them during the pandemic.
  • Music is central to what people enjoy about listening to the radio. 74% listen to the radio mainly for the music and 73% tune in to their favourite radio station because of the music it plays.
  • The availability of unlicensed music remains an issue for the music ecosystem and the threat continues to evolve. Almost one in three (29%) of people had used illegal or unlicensed methods to listen to or download music, and 4% had used unlicensed social media platforms for music purposes.

Frances Moore, IFPI Chief Executive, said: Engaging with Music 2021 tells the story of how fans around the globe are connecting with the artists and music they love in ways never before imagined, with the rapid emergence of short form video, livestreaming, and in-game experiences, all enhanced by people’s love of music.

“Record companies have enabled artists to develop their vision, licensed an abundance of music tracks to a multitude of platforms, and harnessed new technologies to pave the way for music fans around the world to connect with artists in these growing, and exciting ways.

“The freedom of record labels to license music to these new and immersive experiences is crucial to the future growth of the entire music ecosystem.  We are campaigning worldwide to ensure governments maintain or implement a fair environment in which such commercial deals can be made.”

Download Engaging with Music 2021 here

Download the accompanying infographic here

About IFPI
IFPI is the voice of the recording industry worldwide, representing over 8,000 record company members across the globe. We work to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music around the world.

Methodology
Data is based on fieldwork conducted in June and July 2021 across 21 countries and gathered the views of 43,000 respondents aged between 16-64. Panels were nationally representative in each country.

 

September 7, 2021 /

AOTEAROA MUSIC INDUSTRY CALLS ON GOVERNMENT FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE

The music industry is seeking immediate assistance from government in the face of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

Since the start of the August lockdown, hundreds of live music events have been postponed or cancelled across the country, impacting artists, crew, workers and businesses in the live music sector.

While some businesses can open at Alert Level 2, larger music events are impossible, and smaller gigs are not economically viable, especially with the new Delta Alert Level 2 restrictions.

The music industry supports the government’s Covid response which enabled kiwis to enjoy a summer of live music in 2020/2021.

However, targeted financial assistance is urgently needed now to support artists and the infrastructure that enables live music, including crew, support staff, workers, production suppliers, venues and promoters.

Music organisations have written to government requesting urgent targeted assistance including:

• extension of the wage subsidy to cover the live music sector at alert level 2 as well as higher alert levels,
or an equivalent income support payment from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Arts and Culture
Covid Recovery Fund

• a contribution to charity MusicHelps to fund emergency relief grants to individual artists and support
payments for music businesses and

• funding an extension of the NZ Music Venue Infrastructure Fund.

The organisations have also sought targeted support for the sector over the coming six months, by way of setting aside a fund for future needs, providing cancellation insurance for live events, review and reallocation of remaining funds in the MCH Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, further funding to continue the Aotearoa Touring Fund and music making via NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho, and expediting the commitment to support for creative careers similar to the previous PACE scheme.

For further information or media enquiries please contact:

Lydia Jenkin at APRA AMCOS on ljenkin@apra.co.nz or

Jo Oliver at Recorded Music NZ on jo@recordedmusic.co.nz

Download the PDF of this letter HERE

Header image © Mark Roach

July 22, 2021 /

Membership Update July 2021

Tēnā koutou, I am writing to share an update on the mahi Recorded Music has been doing to foster a positive culture within our workplace and the initiatives and events that we support.

We have been actively working on these issues for some time and we recognise that this is long term work.  It requires a real commitment to lead from the front and stand up for our core values, but also to listen to the experiences of people in our recorded music community, and to change where that’s needed.

When it comes to creating a positive culture, we need to acknowledge the problems and challenges in our music community.  Media and social media stories this year, along with published research, have shown us that there is a serious problem with sexual harm in our music community and many people are not safe in their workplaces.

We want to acknowledge the harm suffered by those people and the bravery of those who have come forward, while accepting that it is the culture of the music industry that has allowed these problems to happen.

In that respect we welcome the independent report Creating culture change around sexual harm in the music community in Aotearoa published recently by SoundCheck Aotearoa.  The report summarises feedback from across the music community and highlights the problems and challenges, as well as recommendations for everyone in the music community to play their part in driving change.  We will be taking up a number of the independent expert recommendations from that report and integrating them into our workplan.

The initiatives and plans outlined below are ongoing but only a starting point.  Recorded Music is mindful that we are at the beginning of a journey.  There is work ahead to embed the shared values of respect, safety and inclusion into all of our activities, in a way that best reflects the changing needs of you as members.

First and foremost we acknowledge that as a national representative music body we want to create true and meaningful partnership with tangata whenua, in addition to our activities that are supporting the revitalisation and growth of waiata reo Māori.  We will be working with advisors and the Māori Music Industry Coalition to take this mahi forward.

While we play a role in the wider music community, Recorded Music exists to serve its members.  We would love to hear from you on these issues.  If you have questions, comments or feedback, please get in touch.  You can email me directly on damian@recordedmusic.co.nz or use info@recordedmusic.co.nz.  We plan to give our members a structured opportunity to tell us what you think, and we will share more about that soon.

Recorded Music Code of Conduct

Recorded Music’s Code of Conduct outlines the expectations that we have of those that work for us and those we work with, both inside and outside the organisation.  The Code of Conduct includes principles around respecting others, acting lawfully and with integrity and acting safely and responsibly.

We are in the process of embedding the Code of Conduct across our activities, and you can expect to see more about it when you engage with us or attend our events.  For example, we expect recipients of music grants to comply with the Code of Conduct and to promote its values across the activities that we fund and support.

Safety – sexual harassment, harassment, and bullying

In the area of safety in the workplace, we have been informed by the work of SoundCheck Aotearoa.

An update on a few things we have done recently:

  • Prevention of and response to sexual harassment policy: We have adopted a policy on the prevention of and response to sexual harm. The policy addresses legal requirements and sets out our commitment to prevention, as well as a clear process for reporting incidents of sexual harassment, and a process for how we will deal with reports and complaints that we receive.  We have also set up a confidential channel for those who don’t want to formally report.
  • Prevention of and response to bullying and harassment policy:  We also adopted a policy on prevention of and response to non-sexual bullying and harassment.
  • Professional Respect training: All of our staff have attended SoundCheck Aotearoa Professional Respect training days to gain an understanding of prevention of and response to sexual harm.  Our Board and Committee members will also attend the training so we can bring prevention to life in our activities.
  • Recorded Music Grants scheme:  While we expect our music grants recipients to comply with our Code of Conduct and laws generally, from September 2021 we will explicitly require recipients to be aware of and comply with their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.  These include obligations to manage the risks of sexual harassment, harassment and bullying as per WorkSafe guidance

Aotearoa Music Awards

We are proud to be the host and kaitiaki of the Aotearoa Music Awards, and as such we want everyone involved to celebrate and enjoy themselves, but also to feel safe, included and respected within the environment that we create.  That’s why in 2021 we have introduced a Statement of Expectations for the music awards, which applies to everyone involved with the awards, both in the lead up and at the event itself.

We are in the process of embedding the Statement of Expectations across all our contracting partners for the awards, and we are also working hard to implement best practice for safety at the event itself.  In doing so we will be drawing from the recommendations from the independent report Creating culture change around sexual harm in the music community in Aotearoa.

Representation and Inclusion

Recorded Music NZ has a small staff of 15 people but we recognise we have a wider impact as a leadership organisation in the music community and we need to do more to drive better representation and inclusion both internally and externally.

Some of the initiatives we have started:

  • We have adopted a policy statement on Representation and Inclusion and we are working to implement it across our organisation and activities.  Applicants to our grants scheme are required to consider representation and inclusion within their funded activities, and we are actively promoting it within the Aotearoa Music Awards.
  • We have recently joined Diversity Works NZ and we are auditing all of our internal policies and procedures for staff and hiring to see where we can improve our practices.
  • We are looking at how we can embed our partnership with tangata whenua, and better representation and inclusion, into our Board and structure as a whole.  We acknowledge that this mahi will take some time to work through and implement but I will be updating you before our next AGM in April 2022.

Ngā mihi maioha
Damian Vaughan
Kaiwhakahaere Matua | Chief Executive Officer
Puoro Rekoata ki Aotearoa | Recorded Music NZ

July 9, 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:

  • Diggy Dupé (Base FM & Island Base Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist)
  • DJ Noiz (Niu FM Best International Pacifc Artist)
  • Emily Muli (Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist)
  • Erakah (531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist)
  • Hawkins (NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist)
  • J Boog (Niu FM Best International Pacifc Artist)
  • Jawsh 685 (Best Producer, APRA Best Pacific Song)
  • Jordan Gavet (Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist)
  • Lomez Brown (Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist)
  • Loopy Tunes Preschool Music (SunPix Best Pacific Language)
  • Marley Sola (531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist)
  • Melodownz (NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, Base FM & Island Base Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist)
  • Mr Cowboy (Niu FM Best International Pacifc Artist)
  • Raggadat Cris (Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist)
  • Samson Squad (SunPix Best Pacific Language)
  • Shepherds Reign (Flava Best Pacific Group, SunPix Best Pacific Language)
  • STNDRD (Flava Best Pacific Group)
  • Team Dynamite (Flava Best Pacific Group, APRA Best Pacific Song)
  • Tenelle (Niu FM Best International Pacifc Artist)
  • TY (531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist)
  • Vallé (NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video)
  • Victor J Sefo (Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist)

Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua said: “This year we celebrate the music created and released in 2020.  With the Covid-19 environment, this was one of our most unique and challenging times that we have all experienced. We are heartened by the immense talent, determination and resilience shown by our Pacific artists.”

“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:

  • Jordan Gavet – ‘Do Better’
  • Lou’ana – Moonlight Madness
  • TreeMrs Tree

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist:

  • Hawkins – ‘Can’t Leave It Alone’/’Streetlights’/’Fireflies’/’I Couldn’t Tell It All’
  • Kings – ‘Help Me Out’
  • Melodownz – ‘Fine’

Flava Best Pacific Group:

  • Church & AP At Thy Feet
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Aiga’
  • STNDRD – Keep it STNDRD
  • Team Dynamite – ‘Dragon Fruit ft. Louis Baker’

NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video:

  • Kings – ‘Help Me Out’
    • Directed by Kings
  • Tree – ‘Afio Ane Loa’
    • Directed by Tree Manu & Quincy Filiga
  • Vallé – ‘Trip Advisor’
    • Directed by Jadon Calvert

APRA Best Pacific Song:

  • Jawsh 685 – ‘Savage Love (Laxed -Siren Beat)’
    • Written by Joshua Nanai, Phil Greiss, Jason Derulo, Jacob Kasher Hindlin
  • Kings – ‘Help Me Out’
    • Writen by Kingdon Chapple-Wilson, Matt Sadgrove, Sam Eriwata, Joel Latimer
  • Team Dynamite – ‘Dragon Fruit ft Louis Baker’
    • Written by Tony Sihamau, Lance Fepuleai, Harry Huavi, Louis Baker

SunPix Best Pacific Language:

  • Loopy Tunes Preschool Music – ‘Umukisia’
  • Samson Squad – ‘Taviri/Manea/Te Kuki Airani’
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Aiga’
  • Tree – Mrs Tree

Base FM NZ & Island Base FM Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist:

  • Church & AP – At Thy Feet
  • Diggy Dupé – That’s Me, That’s Team
  • Melodownz- ‘Fine’

Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist:

  • Emily Muli – ‘Self Care’
  • Lepani – In the Moment EP
  • Lou’ana – Moonlight Madness

Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist:

  • Lomez Brown – The Feels & Groove EP
  • Raggadat Cris – ‘Nay Sayers’
  • Victor J Sefo – ‘My Everything’/’Is It Bad’/’Want To’/’Like’

531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist:

  • Erakah – ‘How You Love Me’
  • Marley Sola – ‘Lift Your Head High’
  • TY – ‘Never Too Far’/’Drive’

Niu FM Best International Pacific Artist:

  • DJ Noiz – ‘Amelia ft Kennyon Brown, Donell Lewis, Victor J Sefo’
  • J Boog – ‘Siva Mai feat Siaosi’
  • Mr Cowboy – ‘Daddy Toe Sau’
  • Tenelle – This Is X

Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album:

  • Lepani – In the Moment EP
  • Lou’ana – Moonlight Madness
  • Tree – Mrs Tree

Best Producer

  • Jawsh 685 – ‘Savage Love (Laxed -Siren Beat)’
    • Producer: Jawsh 685
  • Lepani – In the Moment EP
    • Producers: Lepani, Rory Noble, Ambian & Sleo, Devin Abrams
  • Lou’ana Moonlight Madness
    • Producer: Nathan Judd

All the artist finalists:

 

  • Church & AP At Thy Feet
  • Diggy Dupé – That’s Me, That’s Team
  • DJ Noiz – ‘Amelia ft Kennyon Brown, Donell Lewis, Victor J Sefo’
  • Emily Muli – ‘Self Care’
  • Erakah – ‘How You Love Me’
  • Hawkins – ‘Can’t Leave It Alone’/’Streetlights’/’Fireflies’/’I Couldn’t Tell It All’
  • J Boog – ‘Siva Mai feat Siaosi’
  • Jawsh 685 – ‘Savage Love (Laxed -Siren Beat)’
  • Jordan Gavet – ‘Do Better’
  • Kings – ‘Help Me Out’
  • Lepani – In the Moment EP
  • Lomez Brown – The Feels & Groove EP
  • Loopy Tunes Preschool Music – ‘Umukisia’
  • Lou’ana – Moonlight Madness
  • Marley Sola – ‘Lift Your Head High’
  • Melodownz– ‘Fine’
  • Mr Cowboy – ‘Daddy Toe Sau’
  • Raggadat Cris – ‘Nay Sayers’
  • Samson Squad – ‘Taviri/Manea/Te Kuki Airani’
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Aiga’
  • STNDRD – Keep it STNDRD
  • Team Dynamite – ‘Dragon Fruit ft. Louis Baker’
  • Tenelle – This Is X
  • TreeMrs Tree
  • TY – ‘Never Too Far’/’Drive’
  • Vallé – ‘Trip Advisor’
  • Victor J Sefo – ‘My Everything’/ ’Is It Bad’/ ’Want To’/ ’Like’
June 21, 2021 /

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2021 AOTEAROA MUSIC AWARDS OPEN TODAY

Nominations are now open for 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards to celebrate the mana and achievements of our homegrown musicians across the country over the last year.

From today musicians, producers, engineers and visual artists who have made an impact to the local music industry can be put forward.

Nomination details can be found on the Aotearoa Music Awards website. Unless otherwise specified, awards are open to New Zealand artists who have had recordings commercially released between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021 (12 months). Nominations stay open until 5pm on Friday 30 July.

In November, Tūi trophies will be presented at both the Aotearoa Music Awards and the Artisan Awards.

The Tūi presented at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards are:

  • Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year
  • Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year
  • Te Roopu Toa | Best Group
  • Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist
  • Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year
  • Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist
  • Mana Reo Award
  • Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Kairangi Toa | Best Worship Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist

The finalists will be announced in September.

No finalists are announced for the Te Pukaemi Hoko Teitei/Highest Selling Album, Te Tōtahi Hoko Teitei/Highest Selling Single, Te Rikoata Marakerake o te Tau/Radio Airplay Record of the Year, or Tohu Tutuki o te Ao/International Achievement, with the winners being announced at the main awards event. The ever-popular Te Kōwhiri o te Nuinga/People’s Choice Award will also be announced on the night.

Other ngā Tūi presented during the year include:

  • Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa/Best Country Music Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa/Best Folk Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa/Best Jazz Artist
  • Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa/Best Pacific Music Album
  • Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa/Best Children’s Music Artist.

These winners will also be acknowledged at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards ceremony.

Celebrating Kiwi music’s unsung heroes

The annual Artisan Awards will also be held this year in November at Massey University’s School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington, recognising the work done by Aotearoa’s producers, engineers, visual creatives, music teachers and music managers.

This includes Te Kaiwhakaputa Toa/Best Producer, Te Kaipukaha Toa /Best Engineer, Te Toi Ataata Pukaemi Toa /Best Album Artwork, and Kaiārahi Puoro o te Tau/Music Teacher of the Year and Kaiwhakahaere Puoro o te Tau/Manager of the Year award

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen said there will be one difference introduced to the Artisan Awards in 2021. Te Puoro Ataata Toa/Best Music Video category will be changed to Te Kiko Puoro Ataata Toa | Best Music Video Content.

“This change is reflective of the growth we’ve seen in how video content is used by musicians to communicate with and entertain their audiences,” says Owen.

“From this year, all video content around a single release will be eligible for the Tūi – including official music videos, trailers, teasers, visualizers, lyric videos or other video content that supports that single release.”

Commitment to a safe and inclusive Aotearoa Music Awards

Recorded Music New Zealand has published a Statement of Expectations for the Aotearoa Music Awards and expects and requires everyone involved with AMA to respect others, act lawfully and with integrity and act safely and responsibly.

Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan notes “As host and kaitiaki of the Aotearoa Music Awards, Recorded Music New Zealand is committed to fostering a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for everyone involved.”

“It is an honour and a privilege to present the Aotearoa Music Awards each year and by exemplifying responsibility and respect, we can all celebrate our artists successes, their musical achievements and those that support them in their creative mahi.”