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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 welcomes Issues Paper

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Industry organisations have cautiously welcomed the release of the Issues Paper for the review of the Copyright Act.

Although the documents appears to rule out of one the music industry’s key priorities – harmonisation of copyright terms – Recorded Music NZ says it is looking forward to working with the Government on the review.

General counsel Jo Oliver says music is a defining element of NZ culture, with New Zealand musicians continuing to enjoy success both here and overseas.

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Government review rules out copyright term extension

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The Government’s review of copyright legislation looks as if it will not address one of the music industry’s key priorities: the extension of the copyright term from 50 to 70 years.

On Friday (November 23), Commerce and Consumer Affairs minister Kris Faafoi released the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s long-awaited issues paper on the Copyright Act. It is the first stage in a public consultation process, which will include workshops in February and March.

Recorded Music NZ  argues that NZ is one of the few countries that does not give artists and record companies a 70 year term of copyright protection for their work, which means they stop earning revenue from their recordings 50 years after they are released.

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Mark Roach on UNESCO goals

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Auckland’s UNESCO City of Music strategy contains some big ambitions – but for Recorded Music NZ’s special projects manager Mark Roach it’s also about getting the little things right.

Yesterday (November 13), Auckland Council unveiled its first strategy document for the United Nations programme, which includes such things as strengthening the music ecosytem, developing incubator hubs, championing Maori music on the world stage and preserving the city’s music heritage.

Roach – who has been the driving force behind the move for UNESCO status – acknowledges that many of these goals are aspirational and it may not even be possible to realise them all. However, he stresses there are smaller changes that can be implemented reasonably easily at council level, which could still bring benefits to the music community.

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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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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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Greg Haver on the NZ Music Producer Series

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New Zealand producers and engineers can more than hold their own on the international stage, says award-winning studio wizard Greg Haver. And he would like to see more of them spreading their wings to gain that vital overseas experience.

The Welsh-born, New Zealand-based producer – best known for his work with Manic Street Preachers and NZ acts such as The Feelers and Opshop, will this month host the third edition of the New Zealand (NZMPS), which is part of the newly inaugurated series of events leading up to the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

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New look for NZ Music Awards

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Honouring the past, celebrating the present and looking forward to the future – those are the key themes for this year’s Vodafone NZ Music Awards.

The music industry’s premier awards event will once be held at Auckland’s Spark Arena on November 15 and this year will be hosted by pop icon Stan Walker and Three TV personality Kanoa Lloyd.

There will be a new look and feel for this year’s VNZMA, including a redesigned Tui statuette. According to Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan, the changes planned for this year’s VNZMA’s marketed the next step in the evolution of the ceremony.

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New Hot charts boosting NZ acts

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With five new entries this week in the Hot NZ Singles top 10, the Recorded Music NZ’s new  charts look to be delivering on the promise of showcasing a wider range of new local content.

Although Six60 has retained the top spot for the first month of the chart, their latest single ‘Vibes’ is their only entry in the NZ Hot Top 20, compared with five in the official top 10. And with similar levels of dynamism being recorded in the Hot Top 40, Recorded Music NZ chart manager Paul Kennedy is pleased with the way new charts are performing.

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Boosting NZ music: Damian Vaughan interview part 2

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The NZ music business has enjoyed its most sustained period of growth in more than a decade, with industry revenue up again in 2017 for a third successive year.

However, doubts remain whether all homegrown artists and their labels are seeing that sort of upsurge. While streaming goes from strength to strength, the industry estimates that New Zealand artists only account for around 5-6 percent of the $61.3 million generated last year.

In the second part of our interview, Recorded Music New Zealand  CEO Damian Vaughan talks about the ways the organisation is looking to raise the profile of NZ music and the challenges in mapping just how much money homegrown artists are making.

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