Announcing the Speakers: NZ Music Month Summit for Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa 2023!

Announcing the Speakers: NZ Music Month Summit for Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa 2023!


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 Community and Collaboration - the theme for NZ Music Month | Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa 2023. 

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 discussions that include collaboration in creative relationships, finding your collaborative music community and collaborating in the recording studio. There is an update from both SoundCheck Aotearoa and The Waiata Anthems crew and we look at a collaboration of songs and screen with Equaliser.

The live stream will be available on the day through the MMF Aotearoa and NZ Music Commission Facebook and YouTube channels, with online moderators to take your questions and feed them through to the live panels.

Alongside the live stream, 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 – Creative Collaboration (50 mins): Whatever stage you’re at as an artist, having the right people to support your musical business is important. CHAII and some of her long-time collaborators discuss creative relationships.

With CHAII – Artist / Brooke Tyson – Clothing Designer / Frank Eliesa – Music Producer / Abe Mora – Photographer, Cinematographer / Mikey Rockwell – Animator, Director, Game Developer / Moderator Joost Langeveld – A&R at BigPop

11.50am – Finding Your Collaborative Music Community (50 mins): Music communities come in all forms, shapes and sizes! Our panel from across the motu tells us more about their local music support networks, what makes them unique, and how collaboration has strengthened their community.

With Bianca Bailey – Artist Wiri Donna, Songwriter, Event Producer / Wairehu Grant – Artist Half/Time / Christian McDonald – Music Educator Taipa Area School, Northland Taonga Puoro Wānanga/ Dave Borrie – Programme Director, Radio One / Moderator Rachel Ashby – Breakfast Host, 95bFM

12.40pm – Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Communities (35 mins): Join SoundCheck Aotearoa as the panel looks at what caring for ourselves and our communities could look like against the backdrop of 2023. How can we show up for ourselves and each other in mana-enhancing ways? 

With Ninakaye Taane-Tinorau – Artist Manager, SoundCheck Aotearoa / Mel Calvesbert – SoundCheck Aotearoa / Rachel Harrison – SoundCheck Aotearoa / Moderator Anna Loveys – Project Manager, SoundCheck Aotearoa

1.15pm – 2.00pm – Lunch provided

2.00pm – Equaliser – A Collaboration of Songs and Screen (50 mins): Auckland City of Music's Equaliser (EQ) initiative provides a unique opportunity for creative collaboration between female artists and female directors and invites a wider discussion regarding female-led creative workspaces in the music sector. Hear from the musicians, producers and directors working in this space, and how to participate in the growing EQ community.

With Reshma Martin – Artist / Abigail Knudson – Artist Missy, Producer / Anna Duckworth – Film Maker, Director / Moderator Sarah Thomson – Funding Advisor, NZ On Air

2.50pm – Collaboration in the recording studio (50 mins): Being in the recording studio often provides an ideal environment for creative collaboration. But how do you get the best results when working with other creatives or different styles, ideas and approaches? Our panel share their experiences and how a collaborative songwriting and producing process has worked for them.

With Mazbou Q – Artist / Emily Wheatcroft Snape – Audio Engineer, Producer / Louisa Nicklin – Artist / Joel Tashkoff – Artist Choice Vaughan, Producer, Lawyer / Moderator Noema Te Hau III – Studio & Event Production Manager

3.35pm – Waiata Anthems (25 mins): Want to join the Waiata Anthems movement? Hear from some of the Waiata Anthems team about this unique project instrumental in the groundswell of streaming and broadcasting waiata reo Māori where airwaves and digital platforms are resonating with the sound of new waiata and bilingual music.

4pm – NZMM Summit Mixer (60 min): 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 here.

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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