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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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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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Going Global: Jacinda Ardern backs 20% radio quota

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The New Zealand Government remains committed to upholding existing local music quotas for commercial radio, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The PM – who is also the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage – told attendees at this year’s Going Global Music Summit that she is “not willing to budge on 20 percent” when it comes to the voluntary code, which was first agreed back in 2002.

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