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It’s the first of May – so NZ Music Month 2018 is underway!  The theme for this year is music discovery – Discover New.  Whether it is new tracks by a legendary act, or an artist who has just put their first track online, there is no shortage of new music being produced across the nation.

NZ Music Month Event Coordinator Rodney Fisher said “Our local music scene’s are producing world class songwriting and live shows.  NZ Music Month is a great chance to discover the next big thing at home before the rest of the world does.  By going to live shows, supporting venues, buying the artist’s merch and adding their tunes to your playlists, you can become an active supporter of cool new music. And most importantly, don’t forget to share your discoveries on your socials!”

Music from New Zealand is being is discovered across the land of the long white cloud, and is also being heard on stages, sites and screens across the world.  “There is no shortage of incredible achievements by artists both at home and abroad in the past year, and in the new streaming environment people can hear New Zealand music whether they are in Levin or Louisiana.  Online platforms mean we have more opportunity to discover music of all kinds and genres from across Aotearoa than ever before.” said NZ Music Commission’s Chief Executive, Cath Andersen. 

Whether you are a fan of country, bass music, indie rock, pop, techno, hiphop, folk, blues, EDM, alt (or all of the above!) there are live shows for you to go and see across the country this May.  Featuring a diverse range of NZ artists, from those who are conquering on the world stage to people playing their first live gigs, there is a show for everyone this month.   The official website – – hosts a gig guide which is growing daily and features news of what is going on around the nation.
A few selected highlights of what else is happening this May include:

Whittaker’s have a very special project with new artist Being. – featuring her new track ‘Fold Into The Sea’ – where you can watch her new single being pressed as an actual record you can play – and eat. 

Going Live will see local artists performing live on the NZ Music Month Facebook page from eight locations around New Zealand.  With a mix of emerging artists, ages and styles in places like New Plymouth, Nelson and Hawkes Bay, Going Live will stream at 2:00pm every Tuesday and Friday throughout May.

Radio stations are getting behind NZ Music Month this year with NZ Music promotions across a number of nationwide commercial networks, as well as smaller commercial and independent stations. You’re likely to hear plenty of big new NZ songs on the airwaves throughout May, including the latest hits from Sons of Zion, Robinson, Drax Project, Kings, Theia, Nomad, Six60, Tomorrow People, Stan Walker, Villainy, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and plenty more. 

And up in the air, there will be Air New Zealand inflight music specials on all long haul flights with NZ Music Month artist picks, artists profiles, sessions from Roundhead Studios, artist curated playlists and The Best of The Pitch, their NZ music series hosted by Charlotte Ryan.  Across New Zealand, you’ll be hearing all local music on domestic routes for the month, from boarding to landing.

The Music Commission’s Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme has a bumper crop of artists taking their expertise around the country - over twenty schools across New Zealand will have NZ musicians coming to work with their students, including Julia Deans, Possum Plows (Openside), Anna Coddington, Jed Parsons, Jane de Jong (Ruby Frost), Troy Kingi, Natalia Sheppard (Tali), Tommy Nee and Shayne Carter.

Libraries across the country will again be a hub of community events with performances and activities, including The Nook & Cranny Festival hosting 40+ artists and bands, hidden in the nooks and crannies of the Dunedin Public Library. 

Not forgetting where we came from, Wellington Museum will host the Aotearoa music history exhibition Burning Up Years throughout May with Friday night concerts by NZ music legends such as King Kapisi – playing his debut album 'Savage Thoughts' in it’s entirety with players from the original band - and Billy TK reforming Powerhouse.  Retro: 70s to 00sis a new photography exhibition at the Ellen Melville Hall featuring images from the extensive archive of Murray Cammick.  

On the big screen, the Head Like A Hole feature length documentary ‘Swagger of Thieves’ will be playing in selected theatres across the country, opening on 17 May.  In the cinema at Ngā Taonga in Wellington, you can catch nine newly digitised episodes of the classic local television show Radio With Pictures, alongside a host of NZ music content including documentaries When The Haka Became Boogie, Skeptics: Sheen of Gold and The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls.  

The NZ Music Month merch store is now live, selling the long-sleeved tee featuring designs from the Target Demo Graphic competition, and a return of the classic target tee in this year’s forest green colour.  All the profits from sales of t-shirts contributes towards the costs of NZ Music Month each year.

Lastly, the NZ Music Month team will be sharing as much as possible across the social channels, so remember to tag #nzmm so we can spread the word about your events too.

There is so much more to tell you over the coming weeks!  We look forward to bringing you loads of exciting news about how you can Discover New across New Zealand during NZ Music Month 2018.

Discover New Music – NZ Music Month 2018.

NZ Music Month is run by the NZ Music Commission, with the support of APRA AMCOS, Independent Music NZ, the Music Managers Forum, NZ On Air and Recorded Music NZ.  The purpose of NZ Music Month to celebrate music from New Zealand, and the people who make it.