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Art Music Fund now open

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Applications are now open for the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, which offers A$100,000 worth of funding to creating new commissioned work.

Now in its fourth year, the scheme is designed to support composers to create innovative works with a long artistic life.

Previous recipients have come from a broad range of art music composers, from improvisational jazz to children’s opera, and the works have gone on to be performed here and overseas.

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New single from Thomas Oliver

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Thomas Oliver has shared the latest song from his upcoming second album.

‘Learn That Lesson Again’ is the second single to be released from the as yet untitled sophomore set from the Silver Scroll Award winning singer-songwriter.

According to Oliver, the song explores the way some people will keep returning to an old relationship, even though they know it’s not good for them.

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Six60 most streamed on Spotify

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Six60’s triumphant year has continued with the band being most streamed New Zealand artist of 2018 on Spotify.

After cleaning up earlier in the month at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards, the perennial chart toppers claimed the top spot in the streaming giant’s end of year lists. Six60 were also the second most followed artist of the year, with Ed Sheeran taking the top spot.

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Merry Christmas from The Beths

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Festive singles are somewhat out of fashion these days, but The Beths have resurrected the form with a cover of the standard ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.

Released on Friday (November 30), the song was finished during their most recent tour and is singer Liz Stokes’ favourite Christmas song. The single is available digitally and on 7” and all proceeds will go to the Girls Rock Camp Foundation.

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Mediaworks mega ad merger

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Mediaworks has agreed a merger deal with outdoor advertising specialist QMS NZ.

Under the agreement, Australian-based QMS will merge its NZ out-of-home, digital media and production businesses into Mediaworks, which is NZ’s biggest radio operator and owner of the TV network Three and Bravo.

The companies say the deal – which is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019 – will allow advertisers to build brands and maximise their audience across a variety of media platforms

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Matty J returns

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Industry veteran Matthew J Ruys – aka Matty J – has shared the first single from his upcoming album Things Broken, Things Awoken.

‘People X People’ was recorded with his long-time friend and collaborator Strawpeople’s Mark Tierney and features guest appearances by Arrested Development’s SPEECH and Bilal’s Matt ‘Honeybee’ Little.

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NZ On Air: local music on the rise

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The revamp of NZ On Air’s music funding strategies are beginning to bear fruit, according to the agency’s annual report.

NZOA reports that in the 2017-18 financial year,the NZ Official Top 40 has featured “more NZ music more often this year” due to big radio and streaming hits from the likes of Drax Project, Robinson, Six60, Tomorrow People, Sons of Zion, and Katchafire.

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Industry welcomes Issues Paper

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Industry organisations have cautiously welcomed the release of the Issues Paper for the review of the Copyright Act.

Although the documents appears to rule out of one the music industry’s key priorities – harmonisation of copyright terms – Recorded Music NZ says it is looking forward to working with the Government on the review.

General counsel Jo Oliver says music is a defining element of NZ culture, with New Zealand musicians continuing to enjoy success both here and overseas.

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Government review rules out copyright term extension

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The Government’s review of copyright legislation looks as if it will not address one of the music industry’s key priorities: the extension of the copyright term from 50 to 70 years.

On Friday (November 23), Commerce and Consumer Affairs minister Kris Faafoi released the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s long-awaited issues paper on the Copyright Act. It is the first stage in a public consultation process, which will include workshops in February and March.

Recorded Music NZ  argues that NZ is one of the few countries that does not give artists and record companies a 70 year term of copyright protection for their work, which means they stop earning revenue from their recordings 50 years after they are released.

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New recording, reissues from Tiki Taane and Salmonella Dub

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Tiki Taane and Salmonella Dub – who both have new albums set for release next year – have teamed up on the single ‘Ignite’.

The record was sparked by their 25th anniversary reunion shows earlier this year and coincides with the release of a deluxe box set containing 10 remastered 12″ vinyl albums, together with a 40 page pictorial book documenting the bands history since 1993.

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