This page provides links to the websites of various music related industry bodies, New Zealand music-friendly organisations and major record companies that operate around the country. Contact phone numbers and email addresses have been included below.
For links to independent record companies see our Record Labels Directory.
Acoustix Hearing provide the service and technology enabling people producing, playing and enjoying music across the industry to ensure their hearing is safe while still enjoying the highest quality sounds. They also provide state-of-the-art In-ear monitors and other technologies that may be of interest to those in the music scene.
Phone: (09) 520 5648
Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Association
Administered in NZ by APRA. AMCOS’ activities includes licensing music to television, film production houses, broadcasters and recording studios.
Phone: (09) 623 2173
Australasian Performing Right Association
The songwriters and publishers’ association which collects performance monies on behalf of its members internationally. APRA’s NZ office is located in Mt Eden, Auckland. APRA presents the annual Silver Scroll, SOUNZ Contemporary and APRA Maioha awards. APRA also has seats on the NZ Music Industry Commission and SOUNZ boards.
A NZ On Air funded initiative built around a chart complied from public votes. The site contributes a $10,000 MakingTracks grant to the most popular song every month, regardless of commercial appeal or genre.
Through a partnership with online video archive nzonscreen.com, audioculture.co.nz (otherwise known as ‘the noisy library of NZ music’) works with artists, historians and music industry people to tell the stories of our homegrown music over the last hundred years through articles, reviews, interviews, images, recordings, music videos, discussion and commentary from fans and artists.
NZ’s first and only forum community dedicated to NZ bass players. It’s non-profit and independent.
Buyers and sellers of secondhand guitars and funky musical stuff.
Centre for NZ Music (SOUNZ) – see SOUNZ
CHART – The Christchurch Music Industry Trust
CHART is a music industry representative body which acts as a support and advice network for musicians as well as managing www.christchurchmusic.org.nz – a web portal promoting the Christchurch music industry and showcasing the city’s vibrant music scene. News, events, gig guide, artist links, resources, competitions and a comprehensive directory of all music related businesses in Christchurch. We list job opportunities and a self-help resource of links to all aspects of the music industry.
Cheese On Toast
A website devoted to all that’s good about music
Creative New Zealand
The national arts development agency. Creative NZ accepts applications for funding from artists twice a year.
Phone: (04) 473 0880
The Creative People’s Centre
The Creative People’s Centre is both a community and web based service for people involved in the arts and creative industries.
On the CPC website you will find articles focusing on arts related topics; resources for creative people plus legal factsheets which provide a detailed insight into specific legal issues encountered in the creative industries.
www.creativepeoplescentre.co.nz or www.cpc.org.nz
dunedinmusic.com was setup in June 2003 with a view to providing comprehensive resources for the Dunedin music community and to promote and report on local music of all genres. The site includes articles and resources for musicians as well as providing information such as news, gig guides, reviews and interviews for those with an interest in Dunedin music.
Elsewhere is the website of well-known music and travel writer Graham Reid. Constantly updated, it’s a melting pot of Interviews, travel diaries, music recommendations and even recipes.
Whether you are searching for a killer funk band for a launch party, some cool jazz for a poolside soiree, a classical guitarist to create the perfect moment as you walk down the aisle or a DJ to play all the classics for your reception, Find a Band have got you covered.
Guitar Lessons NZ
Searching for Guitar Tutors in New Zealand? A directory of Guitar Tutors offering lessons throughout the major NZ cities. Where kiwis can find tutors and tutors can find students.
Independent Music New Zealand
IMNZ is a group set up to provide a voice for the interests of New Zealand independent recording labels and distributors. Amongst other activities, IMNZ publishes a monthly sales chart of Independent NZ record sales.
Kings Arms Tavern
The Kings Arms is one of the oldest pubs in Auckland Central and features live music 4 or 5 nights a week and in the garden bar on Sunday afternoons. The K.A. also has a TAB and a public bar out the front. The weekly gig guide is available on 09 373 3240 or on the website.
Mighty Ape (formerly Gameplanet Store) is one of the longest running online retailers in New Zealand. They boast overnight delivery on everything from musical instruments to the latest local album releases.
Mukuna Gig Guide
A free nationwide up-to-date Gig Guide that you can use to plan or promote your nights out.
Music Managers’ Forum
MMF’s main objective is the defence of, and promotion of, the interests of music managers and their clients.
Music Matters is a campaign launched to steer music fans away from file-sharing services. The initiative has designed a “trust mark” that will appear on music download and streaming sites to identify legitimate services. Leading music retailers will also display the trust mark and host the Music Matters films on their websites.
Musicians’ Union of Aotearoa
A division of the Service & Food Workers Union Aotearoa, the Musicians’ Union offers members access to information on issues such as insurance, taxation, quotas and legal advice.
Phone: Akl 375 2680; Wgtn 385 5568; Chch 366 2991; Dun 477 1711
muzic.net.nz is a voluntary organisation with the purpose of getting New Zealand music onto the web. Along with services for musicians they also provide a gig guide, music news and discussion groups.
NZ Guitar News
News and Interactive Guitar Lessons using Sibelius Software
Online forum dedicated to NZ guitarists.
New Zealand Music Commission
Established in 2000. The NZMC provides support with a range of domestic and international programmes including New Zealand Music Month and attendance at a number of international music trade shows.
Phone: (09) 376 0115
New Zealand Music Foundation
The New Zealand Music Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable trust, created to provide financial assistance to members of the NZ music community. The aims of the foundation are to provide financial support to suitable entities that work toward enriching the lives of New Zealanders in need through music, and to provide emergency financial assistance to members of the NZ music community who are suffering hardship, illness or distress.
New Zealand Music Month
The official website listing events throughout the month; you can also register for updates.
New Zealand Music Services Directory
An invaluable source of information for NZ music contacts under broad categories including: production, media, recording, support and equipment. Published by Southern Exposure.
NZ On Air
NZ On Air is a broadcast funding agency with a music division. NZ On Air funding pays for national radio and Concert FM to record and broadcast NZ music and funds access radio stations who carry specialist NZ music shows.
NZ On Air also produces the Kiwi Hit Disc, Indie Hit Disc and Iwi Hit Disc. An increase in funding recently saw NZ On Air launch Phase Four of its music programmes, which includes an Artist development scheme.
Details of music funding and application deadlines are easily found on the website www.kiwihits.co.nz
Play It Strange
The Play It Strange Charitable Trust was established in November 2003 for the purpose of encouraging young New Zealanders to develop interests and skills in songwriting and musical performance. The Trust runs a range of programmes across New Zealand to achieve its purpose including the National Secondary Schools’ Somgwriting Competition.
PPNZ Music Licensing is a non-profit organisation established to administer the rights of local and international record labels and recording artists in the New Zealand territory. It is responsible for licensing and collecting income from the broadcast, public performance and communication of the sound and video recordings of its members, distributing income back to them as annual royalty payments.
Phone: (09) 360 5085 or 0800 88 77 69.
The Radio broadcasters Association The RBA represents the non-competing interests of most of New Zealand