The City of Music status provides a mechanism for local government and the music sector to work together to solve challenges and maximise opportunities for the region’s music industry and culture.

In late 2017, Tāmaki Makaurau was designated a UNESCO City of Music within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, supported by the Prime Minister, the Mayor, the city’s Governing Body and the vast array of music stakeholders. The designation acknowledged the long, rich musical history of the region and the city’s commitment to further strengthening all aspects of music culturally, institutionally and from an industry standpoint.

Recorded Music NZ is a founding partner of Auckland City of Music, and is co-chair of its Governance Group. Management of Auckland City of Music is undertaken by our Special Projects manager, Mark Roach.

Since 2017, Auckland City of Music has delivered a range of projects and initiatives which work towards the vision of Auckland being a globally recognised music city. These include: Music In Venues fund, Young Gig Makers fund, ender equity programme EQ, Songlines heritage trails, and supporting the Aotearoa Sync-Posium and Aotearoa Music Producer Series.

In 2021 Auckland City of Music was recognised at the Music Cities Awards as Best Global Music Office, and Mark Roach was also nominee in the Public Service category.

Auckland City of Music Quadrennial Report (2018-2021)
Auckland City of Music Strategy (2018-2021)