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Alastair Burns wins top prize at NZ Music Manager’s Awards

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Alistair Burns’ work with Marlon Williams has seen him win the Manager of the Year Award for the second year running.

The annual Music Managers Forum event was held at the Tuning Fork in Auckland and attracted a wide variety of industry professionals.

Burns was honoured for his work with Australian singer-songwriter and Williams, whose sophomore album Make Way For Love debuted at #1 in the NZ charts and #8 in Australia. Williams is due back in New Zealand later this month following an extensive worldwide tour.

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Dunedin all over Spotify

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In what is being billed as a New Zealand first, Dunedin City Council has launched its own Spotify channel, with themed playlists featuring new and iconic from the city.

The DunedinNZ channel is designed to highlight the southern as vibrant music centre and features playlists named after locations, events and experiences.

The channel will be embedded into the council’s online assets, including its website and social media feeds, and also plans to use it for in ‘on hold’ music for customers phoning in. In addition, the organisation also plans to feature the playlists at locations such as council owned venues.

John Christie, director of Enterprise Dunedin, says the launch has been timed to coincide with New Zealand Music Month and the tourism conference TRENZ, which begins today in Dunedin.

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New projects for Hopetoun Brown

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A live album and and collaborations with a number of different guest vocalists are among the projects being weighed up by the prolific Hopetoun Brown.

Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson have just released their third album in three years Don’t Let Them Lock You Up, and are showing no signs of slowing down.

Although nothing has been finalized yet, Atkinson – who also manages the band – told NZ Music Business that the band is keen to do something different for their next release.

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Firing up Ignite

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Working in the New Zealand music industry usually involves being a jack of all trades. So while the focus of the youth development programme Ignite is live events management, organizer Savina Kim says the scheme gives participants a taste of other aspects of the music business.

The 12-week programme, which will once again coincide with New Zealand Music Month, offers teenagers an introduction to the music business through a mix of workshops and seminars, mentoring and hands on experience.

For this year’s Ignite programme, 10 young people have been enrolled in the event management stream, while four teens will complete the inaugural music production scheme.

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Burkitt singing the songbook

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The Frank Burkitt Band are keen to take their sound further afield following their first foray outside of New Zealand.

The band, which has just released their second LP Raconteur, crossed the Tasman earlier this year to perform at the Port Fairy and Blue Mountain festivals and that has whetted their appetite for overseas travel.

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New Tui for teachers

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Nominations are now open for the inaugural Music Teacher of the Award, a new category to be introduced at this year’s New Zealand Music Awards.

Devised by Recorded Music NZ and the NZ Music Commission, the award will celebrate the positivie influence music teachers have on young people’s lives and nominations will be open from schools and communities throughout the country.

Recorded Music CEO Damian Vaughan (pictured) says many artists who make it to the Vodafone-sponsored Tuis credit a music teacher or mentor as instrumental in their development.

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Disc-less CD for Arma Del Amor

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Arma Del Amor have come with a novel approach for the physical release of their debut album Onna Bugeisha: a CD without a disc.

The Wanaka-based duo of Martine Harding and Danny Fairley have lined up a special limited edition vinyl release next month for their first long player and the album will also be available digitally through the usual channels.

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