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This year the APRA Silver Scroll Awards celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since 1965 the APRA Silver Scroll Award has graced the mantle pieces of some of New Zealand’s most well-loved songwriters, including Ray Columbus, Sharon O’Neill, Dave Dobbyn, Neil Finn, Bic Runga, Ella Yelich O’Connor (Lorde) & Joel Little, and last year’s winners Joshua and Tami Neilson.

A young Christchurch superstar in the making Candice Milner, has beaten some of the country’s most promising musicians to win the latest round of The Audience. Candice had her song “Run For It” receive the highest amount of votes for the month of June and in doing so she will receive a recording and video grant courtesy of NZ On Air. Candice had this to say about her success - “I'm very excited about winning this competition.

The 2015 Battle of the Bands Canterbury Regional Final will be held this Friday night at Allen Street. This year’s finalists include Couger Lounge, Resin, Skelter, Smokin Voodoo, Poncho, The Bristol Dollar, The Settlers, and Underlay. Tickets available from www.eventfinder.co.nz.

Independent Music New Zealand is proud to announce that the GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2015 will be held in Auckland this September – the dates are listed below. Performing Artist applications are now open at www.goingglobal.co.nz and will close Monday, August 10th 2015.

June Making Tracks funding decisions have just been announced. This month marks their 40th funding round - since July 2011 NZ On Air have received 5,036 applications and funded 1,028 projects. 

Top local blues man Steve Gainsford presents an afternoon of blues music this Saturday at the Wunderbar in Lyttelton from 2pm. This event is open for audience participation so bring along your voice, and or instrument and jam along with like-minded musicians.