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2024 NZ Music Month Summit: Amplifying Aotearoa

Story Published Thursday 9 May 2024

The MMF Aotearoa and the NZ Music Commission are thrilled to announce the NZ Music Month Summit packed one-day programme featuring panel discussions and presentations around Amplifying Aotearoa - the theme for NZ Music Month | Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa 2024.

NZ MUSIC MONTH SUMMIT 2024: Amplifying Aotearoa
The 2024 Official New Zealand Music Month Summit

25th of May 2024 | 10:45AM-4:30PM

The Tuning Fork | 42/80 Mahuhu Crescent, Parnell, Auckland

FREE | RSVP here

Presented with support from our industry organisation partners APRA AMCOS, NZ On Air and Recorded Music NZ, the NZ Music Month Summit attendees will witness a range of speakers discussing ways to amplify the music from Aotearoa to audiences at home and abroad. Panels will discuss: music community hubs from across the motu; ways to make your music stand out as an artist; looking after your mental and physical well being; the rise in mainstream appreciation of Waiata Reo Māori; and the role music videos play in amplifying your songs.

This year’s NZ Music Month Summit will be held for a limited live audience at the Tuning Fork in Auckland. To secure a ticket for the in-person event, you can register at Moshtix.

The full programme & speakers for this year’s NZ Music Month Summit is below:

10:45am- Welcome to the NZ Music Month Summit / Karakia

11:00am – Amplifying Community Hubs
Anchoring yourself in community is a great way to stay connected and grounded as you find your feet as an artist. This panel celebrates organisations that connect people through shared kaupapa, values and ideas about music making. In this session we’ll tap into four different community hubs from across the motu that are uplifting a diverse range of sounds and scenes.

With Savina Fountain (General Manager, BIG FAN), Abi Symes (Manager, Creative Sounds Society – The Stomach), Lora Thompson (SAE, Programme Director To The Front Kirikiriroa), Emily Wheatcroft-Snape (Audio Engineer, Record Enable) and moderator Rachel Ashby (95bFM Breakfast Host)

11:50am – Cutting Through the Noise – How to be Heard as an Artist
In 2024 it’s never been easier to record and release music, and arguably it’s never been harder to get your sounds heard in an oversaturated market. So how do you cut through the noise and connect your music to the people who want to hear it? Our panellists will talk through a variety of different ways you can make your music stand out; whether that’s what you sound like, who you pitch to, or how you present yourself as an artist.

With Leah Harris (Artist and Label Partnerships Lead, Spotify), Jeff Newton (Music Promoter – Platforms NZ On Air), Aneeka Moheed (Programme Director, 95bFM), Frances Carter (Photographer and Director), Jess Penson (Artist Kédu Carlö) and moderator Maggie Tweedie (Journalist, Host of RNZ Music Pocket Edition)

12:40pm – Amplifying Your Hauora – A ‘How To’ with SoundCheck and MusicHelps
Taking care of yourself while you’re making, performing or touring music doesn’t always feel easy, but it’s the most important thing you can do for your wellbeing and creativity. Luckily, as a person working in music in Aotearoa, there are great resources and support networks available to you. In this panel we hear from two crucial organisations – SoundCheck Aotearoa and MusicHelps – about how to take care of yourself and others while you’re working creatively.

With Anna Loveys (Project Manager, SoundCheck Aotearoa), Carmel Bennett (MusicHelps) and moderator Calvin Culverwell (Community Support and Development, Parachute Music)

1:10pm -1:45pm – Lunch (provided)

1:45pm – Immersing the World in Waiata Reo Māori
The last ten years has seen an unprecedented rise in mainstream appreciation of Waiata Reo Māori here in Aotearoa. With new songwriting retreats and funding opportunities, strong airplay stats and eager audiences supporting the creation of puoro ho, it’s an exciting time for artists writing in Te Reo. In this panel we’ll hear from some incredible ringapuoro about their journeys in Waiata Reo Māori here and abroad. Rehekō!

With Stan Walker (Artist), Brandon Haru (Producer), Jordyn with a Why (Artist) and moderator Sarah Owen (Māori Music Industry Coalition)

2:35pm – Sound and Vision
A great video can elevate and expand your music as a recording artist, not to mention connect you with new audiences and potential fans. Whether high budget or totally DIY, the key to a good video is finding people who get your vision as an artist and can help bring that to life on screen. With the Aotearoa Music Awards just around the corner, our panel of previously nominated music-video makers will speak about their experiences collaborating with musicians to create exciting visual worlds.

With Alexander Gandar (Filmmaker), Sports Team (Filmmakers), Martin Sagadin (Filmmaker)and moderator Mikee Carpinter (Artist Manager)

3:30pm – NZMM Summit Mixer (60 mins)
A casual in-person opportunity to meet with other attendees and some speakers from the day’s panels.

You can download a PDF copy of the full NZ Music Month Summit programme below.

NZ Music Month Summit speaker bios and info are available here.

The NZ Music Month Summit is presented by the MMF Aotearoa and the NZ Music Commission, with support from our industry organisation partners APRA AMCOS, NZ On Air and Recorded Music NZ.

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