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The New Zealand Music Managers Forum

 in association with NZ Music Commission and

Recorded Music NZ

are proud to present the

2018 Music Managers Awards


The New Zealand Music Managers Forum is pleased to announce that nominations for this years Music Managers Awards are now open! 

The Music Managers Awards is considered one of the key nights in the New Zealand music industry calendar when managers, industry professionals and artists come together to celebrate the work of the music manager. Now in its 14th year, the awards are a reminder of all the hard work that takes place out of view of the public to launch and maintain an artists career.

In 2018 the following categories are now open for nomination:  

•       Recorded Music NZ Manager of the Year

•       Breakthrough Manager of the Year 

•       Self-Managed Artist of the Year 

•       Emerging Manager of the Year 

•       NZ Music Commission International Achievement

•       Best Independent Tour  

•      Best Small Venue 

•      Best Large Venue 

•      NZ Music Managers Forum Industry Champion


In 2017 Alastair Burns was awarded the prestigious Recorded Music NZ ‘Manager of the Year' award for his work with Marlon Williams and Julia Jacklin. The New Zealand Music Commission ‘International Achievement’ award was given to Julie Foa’i for her work with Te Vaka who was hired by Walt Disney for the Moana movie soundtrack. In 2017 a new award called ‘Emerging Manager’ was introduced for those who had just started managing in the last two years. This award was won by Nicole Thomas and Paula Yeoman for their work with the artist Theia. 

The New Zealand MMF is the collective voice for music managers and self-managed artists. The MMF is a non-profit trade association dedicated to helping grow artist manager businesses through education, networking, and advocacy. The ultimate aim of the MMF is to improve music managers’ capacity to support the careers of the artists they represent. 


For details and instructions on how to make a nomination for the MMF Managers Awards 2018, as well as the terms and conditions, please click here (  Anyone can nominate managers they believe are worthy of recognition for their hard work.   


Key dates: 

Nominations opened 22nd January

Nominations close 19th February

Finalists announced 12th April 


SAVE THE DATE: The MMF Music Awards Ceremony will be held at The Tuning Fork Wednesday 9th May 2018.