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NZMM t-shirt contest

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The hunt is on again for a unique piece of artwork to grace a limited edition NZ Music Month t-shirt.

Following on from last year’s successful competition, the NZ Music Commission is calling on creative’s to submit designs for this year’s shirts.

The commission is looking for designers to come up with an image that best represents local music, which will then be printed on the back of a limited edition version of the music month shirts.

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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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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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Latest Outward Sound recipients

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The penultimate round of the 2018 Outward Sound funding programme has seen grants to a diverse selection of New Zealand bands.

As well as rising pop stars such as Drax Project and Matthew Young, there is also support for the likes of hard rockers Devilskin, indie faves The Beths and Wax Chattels and country/folk icons Tiny Ruins and Marlon Williams.

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New Tui for teachers

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Nominations are now open for the inaugural Music Teacher of the Award, a new category to be introduced at this year’s New Zealand Music Awards.

Devised by Recorded Music NZ and the NZ Music Commission, the award will celebrate the positivie influence music teachers have on young people’s lives and nominations will be open from schools and communities throughout the country.

Recorded Music CEO Damian Vaughan (pictured) says many artists who make it to the Vodafone-sponsored Tuis credit a music teacher or mentor as instrumental in their development.

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