January 15, 2019 /

Nominations Open For Best Country Music, Best Children’s Music, And Best Jazz Artist Awards

Recorded Music NZ are pleased to announce that nominations for Best Children’s Music Artist, Best Country Music Artist, and Best Jazz Artist are open.

If you have released a Children’s Music, Country Music, or Jazz album (or 5 single releases) during the period 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018 you could be eligible to enter one of our genre NZ Music Awards.

Entries for the APRA Best Country SongAPRA Best Jazz Composition, and APRA Best Children’s Song, as well as the NZ On Air Best Children’s Music Video are also open.

2019 NZ Country Music Awards

The NZ Country Music Awards celebrate the best in local country music, and are comprised of the Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist and APRA Best Country Music Song, as well as the MLT Songwriting Awards.

Held in Gore each year, The NZ Country Awards are presented by the The New Zealand Songwriters Trust, and have been running since 2011. ‘An exceptional evening celebrating the craft of New Zealand Country Music’

2019 NZ Jazz Awards

The NZ Jazz Awards recognise excellence and creativity in the broad world of jazz, and will be held on closing night of this year’s Wellington Jazz Festival, celebrating the achievements of the NZ Jazz community. The awards are comprised of the Recorded Music NZ Best Jazz Artist tui, and the APRA Best Jazz Composition Award.

2019 NZ Children’s Music Awards

The Children’s Music Awards champion the music especially created for our youngest music fans.

Presented at a special ceremony in May, we recognise the achievements of our children’s music creators with the Recorded Music NZ Best Children’s Music Artist tui, the APRA Best Children’s Music Song award, and the NZ On Air Best Children’s Music Video award.

Terms and Conditions can be found HERE

To enter your nomination for the Recorded Music NZ Best Country Music Artist, Best Jazz Artist, or Best Children’s Music Artist please CLICK HERE

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Owen at sarah@recordedmusic.co.nz.

December 21, 2018 /

2017 Economic Contribution of the Music Industry

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Recorded Music NZ has released the 2017 Economic Contribution of the Music Industry report. The report was commissioned by Recorded Music NZ with the support of industry organisations APRA AMCOS and The NZ Music Commission and conducted by PWC.

The report reveals that the New Zealand music industry contributed $639 million to New Zealand’s GDP and 5,500 full time equivalent jobs (FTEs) in 2017, via indirect effects. This contribution grew markedly in 2017 and was primarily driven by strong growth in streaming revenues and live music.

The two largest contributors were music radio broadcasting and live music performance (concerts, festivals, or music venues). Music radio broadcasting contributed $279 million and live music performance contributed $168 million, which collectively amounts to 70 per cent of the music industry’s 2017 total GDP contribution.

The next largest subsector: Music retailing – the physical and digital sales of music, including traditional and store-based retailing, online stores and payments for online music streaming services – generated a total economic impact of $112 million and the equivalent of 509 full-time jobs.

Public Performance of music contributed $39 million to the economy and produced the equivalent of 350 full-time jobs. This sub-sector includes broadcast royalties received by Recorded Music NZ and APRA AMCOS via their direct licensing activities, and also includes royalties from music played in public such as at retailers, hospitality outlets, education facilities and gyms as licensed by OneMusic.

The smallest sub-sector – Synchronisation, referring to the royalties earned from licensing music for use in advertisements, games, films and television programmes, contributed $5 million and the equivalent of 51 full-time jobs to the economy.
Also included is an estimation of overseas earnings by New Zealand musicians based on survey data. This is revenue earned outside New Zealand for live performances overseas, and recordings and publishing overseas. As no survey was conducted for this report a three-year average of the 2014-16 period was derived for this year’s estimate of $36 million.

Download the full report here

November 27, 2018 /

NZ screen and music organisations welcome progress on Copyright Act review

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New Zealand screen and music organisations have welcomed the release of the Issues Paper on the review of the Copyright Act as an important step in the review process.

The organisations represent the interests of local and international creators in the music, film and television production and distribution sectors.  These sectors make a major cultural and economic contribution to New Zealand and provide jobs for thousands of New Zealanders.

The organisations are keen to ensure that the voice of the sector is heard in the review, and that the Government understands the importance of a robust copyright framework to a strong music and screen industry in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s copyright laws have not been updated in over a decade and the organisations believe that the review is a positive opportunity to update them to ensure that they continue to support and underpin New Zealand’s creative talent into the future.

Jo Oliver General Counsel for Recorded Music NZ, said:

“Music is a defining element of our culture and from Lorde to Six60, New Zealand musicians are enjoying success both here and overseas.

“Music fans are the winners in all of this and can now access music in more ways than ever before.  But this success doesn’t just happen – its essential New Zealand has the right copyright framework that enables full and fair value to be returned to those who create and invest in music.

“We look forward to working with government as it considers these issues as part of the review.”

Cate Slater, TVNZ Director of Content said:

“Local content is a taonga and it’s important that we protect it, as well as the talented people who make it.

“The current law was designed for a pre-internet age, but the growth of online has seen the way we consume content change dramatically.

“We welcome the opportunity to discuss how copyright can better support the local production community in New Zealand today. To us, the conversation is necessary to ensure a wealth of homegrown content for future generations.”

Sophie Moloney, General Counsel for Sky Television, said:

“There is more television content on offer than ever before, but every show you watch is the result of the hard work of the actors, the sportspeople, the directors, the production crew, to name a few.

“Broadcasters like SKY are focused on delivering those shows in ways that work for our customers, and having sound copyright protection in place is important for every contributor in that process.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with Government and colleagues across the creative sector to ensure that the copyright regime supports creators and distributors of great television content – so that we can all keep making it and enjoying it.”

Paul Muller, CEO for Australia New Zealand Screen Association, said:

“Copyright holders in New Zealand have embraced the digital environment and today great movies and TV shows are available in a multitude of digital formats and models.

“This Issues paper offers an opportunity for all New Zealand content creators to be heard and recognised, and to enable them to keep creating and for New Zealanders to enjoy the great stories they tell.”

November 23, 2018 /

Music Doesn’t Just Happen: Recorded Music NZ welcomes progress on Copyright Act review

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Recorded Music New Zealand has welcomed the release by the Government of the Issues Paper on the review of the Copyright Act.

“It’s an exciting time to be a music fan in New Zealand, and the music industry has been a leader in the digital environment, but for this to continue it is essential that we have fit for purpose copyright laws”, said Recorded Music NZ CEO, Damian Vaughan.

“The New Zealand music industry employs over 2000 Kiwis directly and contributes over $550 million to our GDP per year, and with artists like Lorde and Opetaia Foa’I we are making our mark globally.

“This success doesn’t just happen though.  Copyright is the lifeblood of our industry, enabling recording artists and all the other Kiwis who work in the industry to be paid for their work, and supporting ongoing investment by record companies in finding and nurturing creative talent.

“For this to continue, it is essential that New Zealand has the right copyright framework.

“While the Copyright Act provides a sound framework, some key adjustments are needed to bring it into line with the reality of today’s market.

“The review provides an opportunity to do this and to make the law more robust and effective and the release of the Issues Paper is an important step in the process.

“We thank MBIE and the Minister for their work on the review to date and we look forward to working through the Issues Paper in detail and making a full submission on it.”

Recorded Music NZ last month launched a position paper setting out the New Zealand music industry’s priorities for the review.

The paper, Music Doesn’t Just Happen, outlines the vital role that a robust copyright system plays in supporting New Zealand music, the need for fair and full value to be returned to those who create and invest in music, and the key issues that need to be addressed in the review.

Music Doesn’t Just Happen sets out a roadmap for the Government to address certain key issues, to help ensure a sustainable future for Kiwi recording artists and all those employed in our local music industry, and continued investment in developing great talent and delivering it to music fans in New Zealand and around the world”, says Vaughan.

“We have singled out four key issues that we believe need to be addressed in the review.

“We are asking the Government to ensure fair market conditions for negotiations with digital platforms, provide for effective enforcement of copyright online, harmonise New Zealand’s copyright term with that of other OECD countries and give recording artists and record companies a fair go on copyright exceptions.

“We will now be focused on engaging with the Government and other stakeholders over the review process to ensure that these priority areas are addressed and that our music industry can continue to thrive”, concluded Vaughan.

The full Recorded Music NZ paper, Music Doesn’t Just Happen can be found here.

 

November 16, 2018 /

Celebrating the past, present and future at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards Top New Zealand musicians celebrated at the 2018 ceremony

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Six60 has cemented their place as a powerhouse in Aotearoa’s music scene, claiming five Tui at the 53rd Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at Spark Arena in Auckland tonight.

After selling out Western Springs for their only gig this summer, the group received THREE Best Group, Highest Selling Album, Vodafone Highest Selling Single and NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year Award, presented by the man behind the 2018 Tui redesign Dick Frizzell.

They also claimed the coveted Vodafone People’s Choice. For the first time, this award was open to all finalists, further highlighting the band’s popularity with the public.

After winning a Tui for Best Music Video for his track ‘Vampire Again’ at the 2018 Artisan Awards at Massey University, Wellington last week, Marlon Williams was celebrated once again on the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards stage – taking out Best Solo Artist and the Hallensteins Album of the Year for his 2018 album Make Way for Love.

This brings Marlon’s total Tui number up to five, after winning Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2015 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Newcomers Drax Project were also big winners tonight. They’ve been recognised with the Jaguar Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Vodafone Single of the Year for ‘Woke Up Late’, which resonated with kiwi music fans throughout 2018.

Funkadelic soul superstar Troy Kingi has been recognised with both Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist and Best Soul/R&B Artist after releasing the genre-bending Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way to Zygertron

Aotearoa hip hop pioneers Upper Hutt Posse were inducted into the Te Whare Taonga Puoro/New Zealand Music Hall of Fame and received the 2018 Tohu Whakareretanga/Legacy Award. A powerful tribute performance of “E Tu” by Che Fu and The Kratez, featuring 14 year old DMC DJ World Champ K-Swizz closed out the evening ceremony.

The 2018 International Achievement recipient was Brooke Ligertwood who is one of the top selling and most popular New Zealand recording artists of all time.

More widely known in Aotearoa under Brooke Fraser, where her albums have been certified 15x Platinum, her recent work with worship group Hillsong earned her a Grammy earlier this year for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song under her married name.

After kicking the ceremony off with a high energy performance of “Kai Tangata”, Alien Weaponry hasbeen recognised with the Tui for Best Rock Artist for 2018.

Their debut album in June reached #5 on the New Zealand album charts, and since releasing it the band have had a whirlwind year of international tour and success.

Psychedelic rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra won Best Alternative Artist and Kiwi songstress Kimbra received The Edge Best Pop Artist, while Best Hip Hop Artist and Best Electronic were awarded to SWIDT and Chores, respectively.

Sons of Zion were awarded Best Roots Artist, Equippers Revolution received Best Worship Artist, and Eve de Castro Robinson won Best Classical Artist for 2018.

Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan said the calibre of musicians in Aotearoa continues to impress year on year, and 2018 is no exception.

“The quality of music being created and recorded in Aotearoa is world-class. Each and every Tui awarded tonight was incredibly well deserved and I personally look forward to seeing what the future holds for both these musicians – finalists and winners alike – and the musicians of tomorrow.”

The 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards were hosted by Stan Walker and Kanoa Lloyd and featured a more intimate set up than previous years, utilising multiple stages to refocus the awards on Aotearoa’s abundance of musical talent.

Tonight there were performances from Six60, Alien Weaponry, Robinson, Drax Project, JessB, Sons of Zion, a special In Memoriam performance by Stan Walker and an amazing tribute performance by Che Fu and The Kratez for the 2018 Legacy Award recipient Upper Hutt Posse.

Tui recipients who received their awards during the year are:

  • Best Jazz Artist: Umar ZakariaFearless Music
  • Best Folk Artist: Albi & The WolvesOne Eye Open
  • Best Pacific Album: Ladi 6Royal Blue 3000 EP
  • Best Children’s Artist: Levity BeetMy Best Friend Jake Is A Cyborg
  • Best Country Artist: Reb FountainHopeful and Hopeless
  • Best Album Cover: Jaime Robertson & Matthias HeiderichIn Spaces EP (Sola Rosa)
  • Best Music Video: Marlon Williams - ‘Vampire Again’ (Marlon Williams)
  • Best Engineer: Jordan Stone & Simon GoodingOut Of Silence (Neil Finn)
  • Best Producer: Simon Gooding, Tom Larkin, Hammerhead- (Alien Weaponry)
  • Music Teacher of the Year: Elizabeth Sneyd – Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust, Porirua
November 7, 2018 /

The NZ Music Foundation has changed name to MusicHelps, and we’re honoured to welcome our new Patron: Lorde!

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Since the charity began in 2012, we have invested in 66 projects, with 42 partners, from Whangarei to Invercargill, all using the power of music to change the lives of over 60,000 New Zealanders in need.

Now we’re rebranding to MusicHelps, a name that is more direct, more impactful and speaks to the heart of our core purpose.

We’re also announcing that multi award-winning artist Lorde will become our latest patron, joining founding patron Neil Finn. The ‘Greenlight’ singer has experienced first-hand the power and impact of music in her life.

“It’s an honour to be joining Neil Finn as a Patron of MusicHelps. Since the start of my journey, our local music industry has consistently shown me so much support and compassion, and it’s a privilege to be able to help give back,” says Lorde.

“Community care is a huge part of what makes our industry the family that it is and utilising the power of music to help as many people as possible is a mission that speaks to me on many levels. I can’t wait to get started.”

We’re going to continue the important work we started five years ago, developing and supporting projects that use music to change the lives of those who are at-risk, vulnerable or experiencing serious health challenges. We’re also going to continue provide world-leading emergency assistance to kiwi music people experiencing illness, distress and hardship.

Thank you for your support.


Take a look at our new video and look out for more updates from us in the coming weeks!

October 25, 2018 /

Music Doesn’t Just Happen: Music Industry stakes out position on Copyright Act review

Recorded Music New Zealand has today launched a position paper setting out the New Zealand music industry’s priorities for the upcoming review of the Copyright Act.

The paper, Music Doesn’t Just Happen, outlines the vital role that a robust copyright system plays in supporting music in New Zealand, the need for fair value to return to those who create and invest in music, and the key issues that the Copyright Act review needs to address.

“It’s an exciting time to be a music fan in New Zealand, with more options than ever before for fans to experience music how and when they want. The music industry has been a leader in the digital environment, investing in new business models and driving innovation.

But music doesn’t just happen – there is a huge investment of time, money and human resources behind the scenes. For this investment to continue it is essential that New Zealand has the right copyright framework”, says Recorded Music NZ CEO, Damian Vaughan.

“While the Copyright Act provides a sound framework, some key adjustments are needed to bring it into line with the reality of today’s market.

Music Doesn’t Just Happen sets out a roadmap for the Government to do this, to help ensure a sustainable future for Kiwi recording artists and all those employed in our local music industry, and continued investment in developing great talent and delivering it to music fans in New Zealand and around the world.

“In particular we have singled out four key issues that we believe need to be addressed in the review.

“We are asking the Government to ensure fair market conditions for negotiations with digital platforms, provide for effective enforcement of copyright online, harmonise New Zealand’s copyright term with that of other OECD countries and give recording artists and record companies a fair go on copyright exceptions.

“The New Zealand music industry employs over 2000 people directly, contributing over $550 million to GDP per year and with artists like Lorde and songwriters like Opetai Foa’i, it is clear that we are making our mark globally.

To secure the right environment for local and export success now and in the future it’s vital to address the issues we have highlighted. We look forward to working with the Government on this as they progress their work programme”, concluded Mr Vaughan.

The Government is expected to release an issues paper on the Copyright Act review by year end.

The full Recorded Music NZ paper Music Doesn’t Just Happen can be found here.

October 18, 2018 /

AOTEAROA HIP HOP PIONEERS UPPER HUTT POSSE TO RECEIVE 2018 LEGACY AWARD

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Hip hop legends to enter Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa (NZ Music Hall of Fame) on 15 November

For the last 30 years Upper Hutt Posse has been creating powerful and inspirational music to challenge the status quo and fight for social justice in Aotearoa.

On 15 November the group will be welcomed into the Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa/ New Zealand Music Hall of Fame as the Tohu Whakareretanga/Legacy Award recipients.

Founding member Dean Hapeta (Te Kupu/D Word) says, “After three decades I welcome this esteemed accolade because it accords with the appreciation and respect shown us all along by grass roots hip hop heads and lovers of conscious music—whom I acknowledge first and foremost.

“Furthermore, in today’s increasingly interconnected world where environmental degradation, war profiteering, misogyny, police brutality and white privilege can no longer be denied I see our being recognised as according also with progressive activism over the last decade – from Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring to Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and protests against that miserable good-for-nothing skirt-chaser in the white house.”

Upper Hutt Posse made waves with their debut single ‘E Tū’ – the first original Hiphop track recorded and released in Aotearoa, a commanding statement striking out against racism and injustice.

The song combines revolutionary rhetoric with an explicitly Māori frame of reference, paying homage to nineteenth century Māori warrior chiefs who fought against European colonialism; Hone Heke, Ka Witi, Tītokowaru, Te Kooti, Te Rauparaha and Te Rangihaeata.

Hapeta first started a reggae band, playing keyboards and singing, alongside his brother Matthew (aka MC Wiya) on bass, Aaron Thompson (aka Blue Dread) on guitar/vocals, and Darryl Thomson (aka DLT) on drums.

Adding into the mix the Roland TR-505 drum machine, a turntable, vocalists—Bennett Pomana (aka MC Beware), Teremoana Rapley, Steve Rameka (aka Acid Dread), and a manager with a Roland TR-808 drum machine George Hubbard, the roots of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s pioneering Hiphop group were set. This foundation lineup combined singing, rapping and reggae toasting over live and programmed instrumentation making them unlike any other group in the world at the time.

After releasing their debut album Against The Flow in 1989, the group were invited by the Nation of Islam to play in Detroit, USA before returning home to Aotearoa to open for the political rap group Public Enemy in 1990.

During this period, the group faced challenges from mainstream media who were coming to terms with rap music as a political tool, with false accusations of causing a ‘racial punch-up’ and blocking Pākehā students from attending their shows.

Throughout all this, Upper Hutt Posse remained committed to equality for tangata whenua in Aotearoa. Their 1995 album Movement In Demand was released on their own label Kia Kaha, with strong political messages and educational blurbs about the Māori leaders pictured on the CD cover.

In 1996 Hapeta decided to further commit to learning Te Reo Māori and enrolled at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, the first modern wānanga/Māori university in Ōtaki. A solo album entirely in Te Reo under the name Te Kupu (with an english language counterpart) followed, influencing future Upper Hutt Posse releases.

The 2000 album Mā Te Wā, 2005 album Legacy, and 2010 album Tohe all heavily feature Te Reo Taketake, as well as a remix project called Te Reo Māori Remixes that revisited and reconstructed 10 Upper Hutt Posse tracks with Māori language vocals and received an award for ‘Best Mana Māori Album’ at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2003.

In 2011, Upper Hutt Posse released Declaration of Resistance that once again pushed their sound to evolve, solidifying their legacy as one of the country’s most thought-provoking groups and a commmitted outlet for social justice and equality in Aotearoa.

Recorded Music CEO Damian Vaughan applaudes Upper Hutt Posse for their revolutionary sound and commitment to championing the rights of Māori for the last three decades.

“Upper Hutt Posse were so uniquely different when they debuted ‘E Tū’ and were – and remain – trailblazers for hip hop in Aotearoa. They are an inspiration for young musicians and also to all New Zealanders to keep fighting for what they believe in.”

Celebrated on the night with a tribute performance by Che Fu and The Kratez, eighteen members of Upper Hutt Posse and their legacy will be acknowledged at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards on 15 November.

Looking forward, Upper Hutt Posse will continue creating music that challenges the status quo, and champions the human rights of the oppressed in Aotearoa and around the world.

October 11, 2018 /

Five Tui up for grabs at the VNZMA Artisan Awards

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The third annual Artisan Awards will be celebrated this year at Massey University’s School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington, recognising the creative talents behind the scenes of the top New Zealand records of 2018.

Five Tui awards will be presented at the Artisan Awards, including Massey University Best Producer, Best Engineer, Best Album Cover and NZ On Air Best Music Video as well as the presentation of the inaugural Music Teacher of the Year.

Recorded Music New Zealand CEO Damian Vaughan says: “We are thrilled to bring the Artisan Awards to Wellington and shine a light on the incredibly talented people bringing world-class quality to Aotearoa’s music industry. This is the third iteration of the Artisan Awards, and every year the calibre of the finalists continues to impress!”

The Massey University Best Producer finalists for 2018 are Simon Gooding, Tom Larkin and Hammerhead for their joint efforts on by Alien Weaponry, Estère for her work on her own double album My Design, On Others Lives, and Neil and Liam Finn for their production on Out Of Silence by Neil Finn.

Impressively, Simon Gooding has two nods for Best Engineer. He’s been recognised alongside Tom Larkin, Scott Seabright and Samuel Sproull for his efforts on by Alien Weaponry, as well as the work he did with Jordan Stone on Neil Finn’s Out Of Silence. Chris Chetland is a finalist for Best Engineer for the second year in a row after working on Rangatira by REI.

Always a hotly contested category, NZ On Air Best Music Video sees three outstanding finalists this year.

Chris Graham worked with Louis Baker on the stylistic music video for his 2018 single ‘Black Crow’, and Shae Sterling crafted the video for ‘Bloodlines’ by The Adults featuring powerful performances from Estère & JessB. The last finalist spot goes to Marlon Williams for the work on his own track ‘Vampire Again’.

This year’s finalists for Best Album Cover include Barny Bewick for his work on Seven by Cairo Knife Fight, Jaime Robertson and Matthias Heiderich for their collaboration on In Spaces EP by Sola Rosa, and Tami Neilson, Ashley Church, Xoe Hall and Jules Koblun for their group efforts on the album cover for Tami’s Sassafrass.

This standalone event specifically acknowledges those who capture, craft and enrich the artists’ musical works into final recordings, as well as the talented visual artists translating the musicians’ visions into album artworks and music videos.

Also announced on the night will be the winner of the inaugural Music Teacher of the Year, and finalists (already previously announced) are Elizabeth Sneyd, founder of Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust in East Porirua, Jane Egan from Gisborne Girls High School, and Judith Bell who has led the development of the music program at Chisnallwood Intermediate School for the last 20 years.

This year’s Artisan Awards will be supported by a performance from New Zealand supergroup The Adults, a collaborative project started by John Toogood and including Raiza Biza, Ben Wood (Trinity Roots) Emily C. Browning and 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Award finalists Estere, JessB and Kings.

Andre Ktori, Head of School of Music and Creative Media says: “We are excited to have these awards come to Wellington. It aligns with our interests in supporting the sector and the creative industries in the city.  Having Jon and the Adult’s play at the awards is so cool especially having completed his MFA with us this year.”

Not only will the Massey University Artisan Awards be presented but Recorded Music NZ and Massey University and with the support of NZ On Air will also be holding three seminars the day of the awards at Massey premises as part of the Tui Music Series:

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: Designmakers Studio with Tami Neilson, Jaime Robertson, Barny Bewick, and Ashley Church with a focus on design.
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm: Filmmakers Studio with Shae Sterling and David Ridler with a focus on music video making.
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: NZ Music Producer Series masterclass with Sylvia Massy, Gil Norton, Clint Murphy and moderated by Greg Haver.

The Tui Music Series gives Kiwis the chance to hone their skills and learn from the best in their chosen field from both local and international professionals.

 

Artisan Award Finalists:

Best Album Cover:

  • Jaime Robertson & Matthias Heiderich – In Spaces EP (Sola Rosa)
  • Barny Bewick – Seven (Cairo Knife Fight)
  • Tami Neilson, Ashley Church, Xoe Hall, Jules Koblun – Sassafrass! (Tami Neilson)

Best Engineer:

  • Chris Chetland – Rangatira (REI)
  • Simon Gooding, Tom Larkin, Scott Seabright, and Samuel Sproull – (Alien Weaponry)
  • Jordan Stone & Simon Gooding – Out Of Silence (Neil Finn)

NZ On Air Best Music Video:

  • Chris Graham – ‘Black Crow’ (Louis Baker)
  • Shae Sterling – ‘Bloodlines’ (The Adults ft Estère & JessB)
  • Marlon Williams – ‘Vampire Again’ (Marlon Williams)

Best Producer:

  • Estère – My Design, On Others’ Lives (Estère)
  • Simon Gooding, Tom Larkin, Hammerhead – (Alien Weaponry)
  • Neil and Liam Finn – Out Of Silence (Neil Finn)

Music Teacher of the Year:

  • Elizabeth Sneyd
  • Jane Egan
  • Judith Bell

 

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards will be broadcast live on TV Three on November 15 from 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale now, $35 general admission + booking fee, available from Ticketmaster.

September 27, 2018 /

Diverse line-up of finalists for the 2018 Vodafone NZ Music Awards

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Four groups share the prestige of having the most Tui nods at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Beloved Kiwi group Six60 will be looking to add to their trophy cabinet which already hosts nine Tui. After releasing their third self-titled album earlier this year, and  recently announced as the first kiwi act to sell out Western Springs stadium in Auckland they’re up for four awards in 2018; Album of the Year, Best Group, The Edge Best Pop Artist and Vodafone Single of the Year for ‘Don’t Give It Up’.

Northland-based metal group Alien Weaponry are up for four Tuis for Album of the Year, Best Group, Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist and Best Rock Artist. Their hard-hitting combination of classic thrash and te reo Māori offers a uniquely New Zealand metal experience.

After opening for Ed Sheeran earlier this year, Drax Project have continued to make waves in the New Zealand music scene. The pop group are up for Vodafone Single of the Year for the smash hit ‘Woke Up Late’, along with Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Best Group and The Edge Best Pop Artist.

Psychedelic rock group Unknown Mortal Orchestra are returning to the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards as finalists in the Album of the Year category for their 2018 album Sex & Food, which was recorded across the globe. In addition, the band is up for Vodafone Single of the Year for the hazy tune ‘Hunnybee’, Best Group, and Best Alternative Artist.

Three-time Tui winner Marlon Williams is a finalist again this year, in the running for Album of the Year for his 2018 release Make Way For Love, as well as Three Best Solo Artist and Best Alternative Artist. He will join two Kiwi songstresses who both have previously won Tui awards themselves, Julia Deans and Tami Neilson who are both finalists for Three Best Solo Artist and Album of the Year – for We Light Fire and Sassafrass! respectively.

Newcomer Robinson is up for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Vodafone Single of the Year for the pop anthem ‘Nothing To Regret’, and Sons of Zion are up for Best Roots Artist and Vodafone Single of the Year for ‘Drift Away’.

Aotearoa’s latest hip hop heavyweight JessB has also received the finalist nod for Best Hip Hop Artist alongside Kings and Onehunga’s own SWIDT, who won two Tuis last year including Best Hip Hop Artist. JessB is also in the running for Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

We’re also celebrating the latest wave of New Zealand’s electronic artists, who push the boundaries of dance music in Aotearoa. The finalists for Best Electronic Artist this year are Arma Del Amor, Boycrush and Chores.

Other finalists include Kimbra (Three Best Solo Artist, The Edge Best Pop Artist), Troy Kingi (Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist, Best Soul / R&B Artist), Katchafire (Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist, Best Roots Artist), Mitch James (Vodafone Single of the Year), L.A.B. (Breakthrough Artist of the Year), Cairo Knife Fight (Best Rock Artist), Skinny Hobos (Best Rock Artist), Wax Chattels (Best Alternative Artist), Tomorrow People (Best Roots Artist), Israel Starr (Best Soul / R&B Artist), and Vince Harder (Best Soul / R&B Artist).

EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth, Equippers Revolution, and Kane Adams are finalists for Best Worship Artist, while Eve de Castro Robinson, Henry Wong Doe, and Michael Houstoun have all been recognised as finalists for Best Classical Artist.

For the first time, all finalists are eligible for the Vodafone People’s Choice Award, which is announced at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards on 15 November. Voting for the Vodafone People’s Choice Award will be opening soon to the public.

Recorded Music New Zealand CEO Damian Vaughan says the success of Kiwi musicians across different genres is a reminder of New Zealand’s diverse, vibrant music scene.

“From rock and metal through to reggae, electronica, hip hop and funk, there’s so much diversity in the music being created by Aotearoa’s talented musicians at the moment,” says Vaughan.

“We’re proud of all recording artists in New Zealand who are taking charge of their own creativity and pushing the boundaries of what is Kiwi music is capable of.”

The recipients of the Vodafone Highest Selling Single, Highest Selling Album, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year, Recorded Music NZ Legacy Award, and the International Achievement Award will also be announced at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

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VODAFONE NZ MUSIC AWARDS FINALISTS 2018

  1. Album of the Year
    Alien Weaponry –
    Julia Deans – We Light Fire
    Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love
    Six60 – Six60
    Tami Neilson – Sassafrass!
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food
  2. Vodafone Single of the Year
    Drax Project – ‘Woke Up Late’
    Mitch James – ‘21’
    Robinson – ‘Nothing To Regret’
    Six60 – ‘Don’t Give It Up’
    Sons Of Zion – ‘Drift Away’
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Hunnybee’
  3. Best Group
    Alien Weaponry –
    Drax Project – Noon
    Six60 – Six60
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food
  4. THREE Best Solo Artist
    Julia Deans – We Light Fire
    Kimbra – Primal Heart
    Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love
    Tami Neilson – Sassafrass!
  5. Breakthrough Artist of the Year
    Drax Project
    JessB
    L.A.B.
    Robinson
  6. Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Artist
    Alien Weaponry
    Katchafire
    Troy Kingi
  7. The Edge Best Pop Artist
    Drax Project
    Kimbra
    Six60
  8. Best Alternative Artist
    Marlon Williams
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra
    Wax Chattels
  9. Best Soul/RnB Artist
    Israel Starr
    Troy Kingi
    Vince Harder
  10. Best Hip Hop Artist
    JessB
    Kings
    SWIDT
  11. Best Roots Artist
    Katchafire
    Sons of Zion
    Tomorrow People
  12. Best Electronic Artist
    Arma Del Amor
    Boycrush
    Chores
  13. Best Rock Artist
    Alien Weaponry
    Cairo Knife Fight
    Skinny Hobos
  14. Best Worship Artist
    EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth
    Equippers Revolution
    Kane Adams
  15. Best Classical Artist
    Eve de Castro Robinson
    Henry Wong Doe
    Michael Houstoun
  16. Vodafone People’s Choice Award
  17. Recorded Music NZ Legacy Award
  18. Vodafone Highest Selling Single
  19. Highest Selling Album
  20. NZ On Air Radio Airplay Record of the Year
  21. International Achievement

 

Additional Tuis presented in 2018

  • Best Pacific Album
    Winner: Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000 EP
    EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa’afetai Le Atua
    Noah Slee – Otherland
    Sol3 MioA Very Merry Christmas
    SWIDTStoneyhunga
  • Best Country Artist
    Winner: Reb Fountain – Hopeful and Hopeless
    Lana Doublet – Beautiful Human
    Phil Doublet – Strength, Love, Music & Light
  • Best Folk Artist
    Winner:
    Albi & The Wolves – One Eye Open
    Reb Fountain – Little Arrows
    Candice Milner – Evergreen
  • Best Jazz Artist
    Winner: Umar Zakaria – Fearless Music
    Hayden Chisholm, Norman Meehan and Paul Dyne – Unwind
    Lucien Johnson – West of the Sun
  • Best Children’s Artist
    Winner: Levity Beet – My Best Friend Jake Is A Cyborg
    Chanelle & Friends – The Little Green Turtle And Other Songs For Kids
    Moe & Friends – The Moe Album