As Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa | NZ Music Month wraps for another great year, the options for artists to ‘Level Up’ continue on with a range of initiatives, events and upskilling opportunities for Kiwi artists and the wider New Zealand music industry.

Rodney Fisher from the NZ Music Commission says “It’s been an amazing thirty-one days of seeing and hearing new artists all over television, radio stations, newspapers, websites and platforms right across Aotearoa. It’s been great having so many established artists use this as an opportunity to highlight their pick of new music coming through and emerging artists introducing us to their communities."

NZ Music Commission Chief Executive Cath Andersen says “There have been lots of fantastic opportunities for artists to grow their careers during Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa and just because May has come to an end, it doesn't mean that this support finishes. We are excited by the incredible opportunities still available across the country, and proud to be supporting so many of them through our NZ Music Capability Programmes, as we continue to focus on levelling up local artists all year round.”

This evening the CubaDupa team are kicking off their Whanake Ringapuoro: Artist Development Sessions, a series of six free workshops designed to help Wellington based musicians build industry knowledge and build their careers. Starting tonight (May 31) and continuing weekly from 6pm - 8pm on Tuesday nights until early July, these sessions will include managing money as a musician, finding funding for your music, support for Māori musicians and more. Tonight's inaugural event will focus on Applying for festivals & support slots with special guest Gussie Larkin (Live Nation, Mermaidens, Earth Tongue). It is completely free to attend and you can register here.

The second tranche of funding for the Music in Venues fund from Auckland City of Music in association with Auckland Council for the provision of music events in and around the regions grassroots music venues are now open. The contestable fund of $5k grants are open to musicians and venues from across Tāmaki Makaurau and this is in recognition of the vital role of venues in the music ecosystem and the pressure that they have been under due to extended Covid restrictions. The fund seeks to kickstart the welcoming back of audiences and contribute to boosting audience attendance and applications and more info can be found here.

On 10 June, Vogelmorn Community Trust in Te Whanganui-a-Tara will be hosting their first annual Music Video Showcase at the Vogelmorn Bowling Club. This special event will feature seven music videos - including two world premieres! – with a combination of either the artist, director, producer, DOP for each clip there to discuss the process and tell the stories from behind the lens. More info and tickets are available here.

You’re The Future of Music, an intensive two-day course designed to equip artists and managers with the tools to begin navigating the global music marketplace after two years of Covid-19, will take place on June 17 and 18 at Auckland’s Stebbing Recording Centre. Over the course of a series of keynote lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions, participants will develop business plans with the support of mentors on site. This year, the line-up of local and international guest speakers and mentors includes Elijah (Butterz, UK), Harriet Salva (Naked Management, UMC, UK) Aminé Ramer (States of Sound, USA), Hugh McClure (Good Manners, Here for Good, AUS) and Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins, NZ). Bringing a fresh international perspective to the table, You’re The Future of Musicbrings decades worth of experience in different sectors all across the globe to equip Aotearoa’s rangatahi with the tools and advice to further progress their careers. Find out more here. 

Naked Accounting are proud to announce the return of their Musician’s Initiative, where the boutique accounting firm will provide free financial upskilling to 25 applicants from throughout Aotearoa. Applications are now open, with established and emerging musicians (including technical professionals such as producers and engineers) who make regular income from music encouraged to apply. Apply here before 5pm on June 6.

Saltbox Studios in Ōtautahi Christchurch has a series of events coming up and some great ongoing development initiatives they are running with RDU 98.5FM, like Synthonics, an electronic synthesis workshop, and Soundplant, developing community resilience for musicians within Ōtautahi. Find out more here.

The Sensonauts continue their music production weekend courses for women, femmes & non-binary people in July, providing a supportive learning environment with expert tutors Paige Julia, Ed Zuccollo and Huia Hamon. There are intermediate one-day sessions coming up in Auckland and Christchurch, and a new intake of the Introductory course in Wellington on July 16 & 17. Tickets for all these events are available here.

If you are an emerging music producer ready to take the next step, Woodcut Music has created a Music Producer Training Programme for young up-and-coming producers. This 12-week program will be run entirely online so it can be accessed by young talent from all around New Zealand. Mentoring will be provided by established music production specialists and the programme will support and encourage emerging Producers to create music for licensing. If you are a talented young producer capable of creating high quality music and have access to a production studio with a DAW, a good internet connection capable of video calls and you are able to commit up to 8 hours a week for 12 weeks to complete the program throughout Aug/Sept/Oct. Find out more and register your interesthere.

After a fantastic session on music production at the SOLE Music Academy with Tiki Taane and Mousey during Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa, the SOLE Speaker Seriescontinues until October with monthly sessions on topics including money, mind and promo.

Establish Music’s Access All Areas initiative is continuing with community workshops coming up in the next few months. Access All Areas is a coaching programme supporting music practitioners with disability and impairment to overcome barriers within the music industry, and achieve their career goals. Keep an eye out for more info here. 

Nelson hosts the youth music collab COMMOTION this August. There will be a full weekend programme of workshops, panel discussion and performances from some of Aotearoa’s top musicians over 13 & 14 August. If you are a musician aged 13 - 20 in the Tasman region and you’d like to be part of COMMOTION you can register your interesthere.

Later in the year sees the return of the Going Global Music Summit in September. With the borders now open, a full programme featuring international speakers from around the globe will be in Tāmaki Makaurau for the two-day conference focused on what you need to know before you go when you're taking your music to the world. Stay tuned for the details!

And last - but definitely not least - music organisations across the motu have year-round programmes to support their members - check out APRA AMCOS, Independent Music NZ,the Music Managers Forum Aotearoa, the Music Producers Guild NZ Aotearoa andRecorded Music NZ. There are also many region-focused initiatives like the HB Music Hubin the Hawkes Bay, studio training and youth programmes at Crescendo in Tāmaki Makaurau, the AMPED Music Project in Dunedin, LOOP at the Papanui Youth Development Trust in Canterbury, the Artist Development Programme at Parachute Music in Auckland, the workshops for musicians via the Hamilton Live Music Trust, upskilling events by Swampshack Studios in New Plymouth, and many more! The NZ Music Commission will continue to share information about upcoming projects and events to help you level up on our NZ Music Month social channels all year round.

TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA is run by the NZ Music Commission, with support from APRA AMCOS, Independent Music NZ, the Māori Music Industry Coalition, the Music Managers Forum Aotearoa, Music Producers Guild NZ Aotearoa, NZ On Air, Recorded Music NZ, SOUNZ and Te Māngai Pāho. The purpose of TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA is to celebrate music from New Zealand, and the people who make it.