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Songhub 2019 takes shape

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Hitmakers from the UK and the US will host the first Songhub of the year in Auckland.

Applications are now open for the APRA AMCOS initiative which is in its third year and will be held once again at Roundhead Studio March 4-9

Curated by leading producer Greg Haver, the three international guest songwriters are London-based Justin Parker (pictured) and three US songwriters from LA – Ilsey Juber, Nate Campany and Maize Olinger.

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New PwC data on music industry

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The New Zealand music industry contributes $639 million to the economy – but homegrown content still only makes up just over a quarter of that revenue.

Recorded Music NZ has released PwC’s 2017 Economic Contribution of the Music Industry report, which was commissioned by the organisation, along with other industry bodies such as APRA AMCOS and the NZ Music Commission.

The study shows that the music industry as a whole contributed $639 million to New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and directly and indirectly was responsible for 5,500 full-time jobs (FTEs). That is more than double the amount reported in PwC’s 2016 report, with growth being driven by the streaming explosion and live music.

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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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Auckland outlines UNESCO City Of Music vision

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Bolstering Auckland music ecosystem – including grassroots venues – are among the key goals identified in the vision for Auckland’s newly-minted status as a UNESCO City off Music.

The council today (November 13) unveiled its first strategy document for the United Nations cultural programme, which recognized creativity as a major factor in the urban development of cities around the globe.

The report blueprint was devised by the Auckland City Of Music (ACOMO) Steering Group, which is made up of representatives of music industry organisations such as Recorded Music  NZ and APRA AMCOS, and council units such as Auckland Live and ATEED.

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APRA AMCOS posts solid growth

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APRA AMCOS’s New Zealand arm recorded solid results in the past year, with revenue up 6 percent to $51 million.

The ever-expanding digital sector and the licensing arm OneMusic – a joint venture with Recorded Music NZ – were once again the chief royalty earners, although the biggest growth category was live music, with revenue up almost 30 percent to $3.5 million.

Overall, APRA AMCOS collected total revenue of A$420.2 million, surpassing the A$400m milestone for the first time. Total royalties payable to songwriters, publishers and affiliated was up 8.2 percent year on year to A$362.8 million with more than 1.4 million works generating revenue for the organisation’s 47,000-plus members.

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Marlon Williams wins top prize at Silver Scrolls

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Marlon Williams is this year’s winner of the APRA Silver Scroll for his song ‘Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore’.

The singer-songwriter was presented with New Zealand’s premier songwriting prize at the awards ceremony at Auckland’s Spark Arena last night (October 4) for the track from his acclaimed album Make Way For Love, which was released earlier this year.

In his acceptance speech, Williams admitted that he had never found songwriting easy.

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Hall of Fame for Jenny Morris

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Kiwi music icon Jenny Morris is to be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.

The honour recognises the significant contribution the singer-songwriter has made to music on both sides of the Tasman.

Previous APRA Hall of Famers include Jordan Luck, Dave Dobbyn, Shihad, Hello Sailor, Herbs, Moana Maniapoto and The Clean, who were inducted last year.

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Moa and Runga join forces for 2018 Silver Scrolls

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Two past Silver Scroll luminaries have key roles to play in this year’s awards ceremony.

Multiple nominee Anika Moa will be the MC for the evening, while 1996 winner Bic Runga will serve as music director.

And the iconic singer-songwriters are both looking forward to the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards, which this year will be held at Spark Arena in Auckland on October 4.

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Strong NZ contingent assembles for Going Global Summit

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Key figures on the business and artistic sides of the New Zealand music industry will be appearing in panels at this year’s Going Global Summit.

The final line-up for the Independent Music NZ (IMNZ) event is starting to take shape, with six new Australian speakers also being confirmed for the event, which runs August 31-September 1 at Roundhead Studios in Auckland.

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APRA AMCOS seals Facebook deal

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New Zealand and Australian artists are to be remunerated for plays on Facebook-owned services, thanks to a deal with APRA AMCOS.

The licensing agreement covers the works of the organisation’s 95,000 songwriter and publisher members and applies to Instagram, Oculus and Messenger as well as the Facebook platform.

APRA AMCOS CEO Dean Ormston (pictured) is delighted that its members will now be fairly remunerated when their creative content is used on the platforms of social media giant.

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