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Lorde helps music charity

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The New Zealand Music Foundation has been rebranded MusicHelps – and has landed a major new patron in Lorde.

Formed five years ago, the not-for-profit organisation supports and develops projects that use music to change the lives of those who are at-risk, vulnerable or experiencing serious health challenges. It also provides medical treatment and counselling to music people experiencing illness, distress and hardship.

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Artisans celebrated at awards

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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.

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Introducing Kaaterama

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Kaaterama has shared the first single from her debut EP Shine Your Light.

The 18-year-old te reo singer chose ‘He Iti’ to be lead single because she hopes it “enlightens our people to look after our delicate and precious environment”.

The EP, which was recorded at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios, features collaborations with the Te Reanga Morehu Choir and Jaedyn Randell, who provided the voice of the title character in the te reo version of the Disney smash Moana.

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Industry intern scheme returns

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Twelve young music industry aspirants will get the chance to kickstart their career next with the return of the NZ Music Commission’s Industry Internship Programme.

Following on from the successful pilot staged earlier this year, the organisation is now inviting potential host music companies and organisations to apply for next year’s scheme.

The programme aims to offer positions for 12 interns, who will get the chance to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to embark on a career in the music sector.

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Jackson Owens shares new video

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Rising Kiwi pop/R&B star Jackson Owens secured an A-list production team for the video for his latest single ‘Selfish’.

The clip was made by Taktix Films, whose credits include Justin Bieber’s video for ‘Sorry’, which has racked up more than three billion views on YouTube, and Ciara’s smash ‘Level Up’. Directed by Jared Leith, the video was shot in Auckland’s CBD and at the iconic Piha Beach.

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Summer dates for Drax Project

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Pop sensations Drax Project have announced three headline shows over the Christmas break.

Presented by Eccles Entertainment and ZM, the young hitmakers will be joined for the three Summer shows by Kings. The mini-tour kicks off in the Coromandel at Coroglen Tavern on December 27 and will be followed by dates at New Plymouth’s Butlers Reef (January 3) and Waihi Beach Hotel (January 5).

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Levi’s Music Prize extended to New Zealand artists

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Kiwi artists will now be eligible for Australia’s Levi’s Music Prize, which provides financial support for acts looking to take their career to the next level.

The BIGSOUND initiative is worth $100,000, which is divided into four $25K quarterly grants. Applications are now open for Round 2 for 2018/19 and is open to Australian and New Zealand artists who have performed on the official BIGSOUND line up over the past five years.

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Priorities for copyright review

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Recorded Music NZ has set out its key priorities for the upcoming review of the Copyright Act.

Although the much delayed Government issues paper has still not materialised, the organisation has just published a position paper that identifies the issues that the music industry would like to see addressed in the review.

‘Music Doesn’t Just Happen’ also reiterates the vital role that a robust copyright system plays in supporting music in New Zealand and the importance of generating revenue for those who create and invest in music.

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Trans-Tasman Nostalgia Fest

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TrinityRoots leads the first ever trans-Tasman line-up for next year’s Nostalgia Festival in Christchurch.

Sponsored this time by Cassels & Sons, the event has previously featured only homegrown acts. However, the 2019 edition will see the rejuvenated TrinityRoots joined by Aussie acts Mama Kin Spender and C.W Stoneking as headliners.

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The Others Way – the Movie!

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A short film showcasing this year’s The Others Way festival has debuted on YouTube.

The video was directed by Gwen Isaac, whose credits include the acclaimed documentary Where There Is Life and a host of factual TV shows in the UK and the US. She was assisted by a squad of students from the School of Music and Creative Media Production at Massey University, who shot footage at 14 of the festival venues.

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