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Two wins for Simon Gooding in the producing categories and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern presenting the inaugural Music Teacher Tui were among the highlights of this year’s Artisan Awards.

The event, which celebrates the behind-the-scenes music industry talent, was held last night (February 5) at Massey University’s School of Music and Creative Media Production in Wellington and saw five NZ music awards handed out.

It was good night for Roundhead Studio’s Gooding, who share in the two producing prizes. He and Jordan Stone received the Tui for Best Engineer for their work on Neil Finn’s fourth solo album Out of Silence, while his work with Tom Larkin and Hammerhead – aka Niel de Jong – on Alien Weaponry’s saw him take home a Best Producer award.

The Prime Minister, meanwhile, was on hand to present the inaugural Music Teacher of the Year award to Elizabeth Sneyd, who founded the Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust in 2013 and has provided free music programmes to more than 200 young people in the East Porirua community ever since.

In the other awards presented on the night, Marlon Williams added to his recent Silver Scrolls triumph by winning Best Music Video for his single ‘Vampire Again’, while Jaime Robertson and Matthias Heiderich received the Tui for Best Album Cover for  Sola Rosa’s In Spaces EP.


Recorded Music New Zealand CEO Damian Vaughan says it was a privilege to honour those in New Zealand’s music community who put in so much work behind the scenes.

“We love celebrating the work and achievement of these incredibly important heroes of our music industry at the Artisan Awards,” he continues. “Their expertise and involvement in the creative and recording process of Kiwi musicians is invaluable and essential to crafting the New Zealand sound we all love – as well as fostering the next generation of Kiwi artists.”

Andre Ktori, Head of Massey’s School of Music and Creative Media Production, adds: “It’s an incredible honour to acknowledge the talented artisans in the music industry tonight, we’re so proud to support these awards. As a university we value the role great music teachers have in the careers of talented young people. The inaugural award recognising Music Teachers is fantastic!”

The 2018 Artisan Awards were hosted by hosted by Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary – aka Officers O’Leary and Minogue from television series Wellington Paranormal – and featured a live performance by Jon Toogood’s The Adults.

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