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2015 NZ Music Month Summit



The NZ Music Managers' Forum together with the NZ Music Commission are proud to announce the return of The Official 2015 NZ Music Month Summit on Saturday 23 May, 2015.
This year the NZ Music Month Summit is an intimate series of masterclasses where delegates can get up close and personal with music industry agencies and find out first-hand how to make money from their music, what funding is available, and hear tips and pointers on how to present the best application for success.
This FREE event will include experienced music industry specialists from NZ On Air, NZ Music Commission, Recorded Music NZ, Creative New Zealand and APRA AMCOS.

Registration for these small, focused sessions is limited and will fill quickly.
To secure a place at the NZ Music Month Summit
please rsvp to

NZ Music Month Summit - Saturday 23 May 2015
Marlborough Rooms, Level 5, SkyCity Convention Centre,  Auckland
Midday to 3pm

Navigate your way through the industry, find out how the agencies can work for you, how and when to apply for funding, earn income, create opportunities.

Q: Do you own sound recordings or are you an NZ resident recording artist?  Are you missing out on broadcast and public performance income?   
If you haven’t signed up with Recorded Music NZ’s Direct-to-Artist scheme you could be missing out.
Q: Do you have a song that is ready to be recorded?   Or a great song that would realise its full potential when accompanied by a video?
NZ On Air may be able to help fund your next step and help get your song out there via the broadcast media.
Q: Are you aware of how Creative New Zealand supports the music industry?
Learn about new opportunities here and overseas.
Q: Would you benefit from up skilling for your business?  Or is your band export ready?
The Music Commission has programmes for individual businesses and artists.

Q: Are you being rewarded for plays, performance or reproduction of your music?
APRA AMCOS can help you earn income from your music.

The Music Agencies who will be present on the day are:

Recorded Music NZ

Did you know that Recorded Music NZ run a Music Grants programme that every quarter supports various music related educational and charitable projects up to $5,000.00?  They also run the Direct-to-Artist scheme which allows NZ recording artists to collect royalties when their work is broadcast on radio or television, webcast on the internet or when it is performed in public. If you are not registered with Recorded Music NZ or want to know how to apply for the Music Grants programme, then you will discover everything you need to know at this session.

NZ On Air

NZ On Air provides funding for recording songs and making music videos for broadcast via its MakingTracks scheme; delivers the best new broadcast-ready songs by New Zealand artists to the broadcast and music media every calendar month via its NewTracks scheme; funds features on radio stations to help break new songs by New Zealand artists and to champion difference and diversity in New Zealand music; and has just launched its AllTracks portal to help audiences find great New Zealand music online via curated playlists on YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud. 

Creative NZ

Find out what Creative New Zealand (CNZ) does for the arts sector, with an outline of CNZ’s funding programmes and initiatives, the type of support that is available to contemporary popular music artists and some guidance on how to put your best foot forward when applying for Creative NZ funding


APRA AMCOS’ objective is to ensure composers/songwriters and publishers are rewarded whenever, and wherever, their musical works are played, performed or reproduced and help New Zealand music consumers get access to the world’s musical repertoire.

NZ Music Commission – Outward Sound

The Outward Sound funding scheme provides assistance for international market developments for New Zealand musicians, managers, labels and associated businesses.  It’s a highly competitive funding, with a lot of applications for very limited money. Get some advice and guidance on the application process.

Attendees are asked to arrive at 11.30am for a 12pm start.  The attendees will be split into five groups on arrival and will take part in five masterclasses throughout the afternoon which will each be run by one of the music agencies and their representative.  There will be 5 minutes inbetween each session to change room and grab a free refreshment courtesy of V Energy and H2Go water.  Parking is available for $15 for delegates who have their ticket validated (parking tickets can be validated on the fourth floor).



12.00pm - 12.10pm    Welcome 

12.10pm - 12.35pm    MASTERCLASS #1

12.35pm - 12.40pm        Group changeover

12.40pm - 1.05pm     MASTERCLASS #2

1.05pm - 1.10pm             Group changeover

1.10pm - 1.35pm        MASTERCLASS #3

1.35pm - 2.00pm           Afternoon break

2.00pm - 2.25pm      MASTERCLASS #4

2.25pm - 2.30pm           Group changeover

2.30pm - 2.55pm      MASTERCLASS #

 3:00pm                     NZ MUSIC MONTH SUMMIT ENDS




Brendan Smyth is part of the Senior Leadership Team at NZ On Air where has worked since it was established in 1989. He set up and currently runs NZ On Air's music funding and promotions schemes. Brendan will be advising on how NZ On Air may be able to help fund your next step as a musician and help get your song out there via the broadcast media.


Alan Holt is the Export Coordinator for Outward Sound at the New Zealand Music Commission, a government-funded agency committed to supporting NZ music businesses. Outward Sound undertakes projects and partnerships aimed at exporting NZ music and assisting music businesses in working internationally. Alan will be guiding attendees on the upskilling opportunities the Music Commission has to get your music business export ready.


Dean Cameron is the distribution & member services manager for Recorded Music NZ, a non-profit industry representation and licensing organisation for recording artists and their labels. Dean will be educating attendees on the Music Grants programme and direct-to-artist scheme.


Chris Archer is Senior Arts Adviser (Music) for Creative New Zealand and is based in Christchurch. Chris will outline what Creative New Zealand (CNZ) does for the arts sector, outline CNZ's funding programmes and initiatives, explain the type of support that is available to contemporary popular music artists and provide some guidance on how to put your best foot forward when applying for funding support.


Ant Healey is the Head of New Zealand Operations at APRA AMCOS, which represents over 80,000 New Zealand and Australian music writers and publishers. Ant is also a Trustee of the Centre for NZ Music and the New Zealand Music Foundation. During the masterclasses he will advise on the different ways APRA AMCOS can help you earn income from your music.

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