Team PledgeMe are road tripping from Invercargill to Kerikeri this winter. We’re doing this to talk shop in all the regions about how companies and organisations can raise funds to grow through equity crowdfunding and crowdlending.

Earlier this year we started CrowdfundingU, which is a six-session programme to helps companies ready themselves to raise capital through their crowds. So to kick the winter semester off we’re bringing the first of these sessions to Christchurch…

There's a catch for us to come to your town...

Band competitions, they present an interesting proposition, pitting musician against musician, creating allies and rivalries and ultimately awarding someone with a title of being the best of the best.

Rollicking and rolling out of the woolliest corners of Auckland’s wild west, it’s The Nukes, New Zealand’s most feared and revered original ukulele trio.

Comprised of Dave “Fingers of fire” Parker, David “Snapper” Thiele and Benjamin “Country boy” Collier, The Nukes have a reputation for reckless and riveting live shows where a fine blend of folk, bluegrass, reggae and post punk is caressed, coaxed and beaten out of three innocent wee ukuleles.   

Nominations for the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2016 are now open. Unless otherwise specified, nominations are open to NZ recordings released during the eligibility period of 1 July 2015 - 31 July 2016


Terms and Conditions of Entry

You can view 2016 Eligibility Criteria and Category Definitions here:


Album streaming figures, revised certification criteria and new Heatseeker charts will be introduced into the official NZ Music Charts today 17 June 2016.

Streaming in the NZ Albums Charts...




Late last year, BeatBox rehearsal space in Christchurch launched and hosted a series of intimate gigs which were filmed, recorded and released as BoxFresh Live! We are now very proud to release the next series of gigs, this time featuring all new artists, and a different location over at our neighbour’s place, inside Sawtooth Studios. Our aim with this second instalment is to present a lush production in a beautiful, intimate studio setting. Each time we aim to present something specifically unique for the bands, audiences and those following each BoxFresh Live!

It’s no secret that NZ’s resident pop song-book connoisseur Lawrence Arabia has a penchant for penning earworms at once inspired and unsettling. His 2009 single Apple Pie Bed took out the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll, positioning Mr Arabia (real name James Milne) in the great Kiwi song hall of fame. 

Gareth Thomas (the song writing powerhouse from Goodshirt) is due to release his brand new solo record Fizzy Milk on June 17th, and he's heading out on the road to play a couple of shows in support of it. Gareth will be starting the whirlwind three-stop tour from July 1st in Wellington, visiting Christchurch on July 2nd, and back up home to Auckland on July 8th. Joining Gareth will be support act The Map Room.

NZ On Air’s support for new music is changing to recognise the fast changing nature of audience behaviour, and to better connect audiences with local music.

For the last five years NZ On Air has supported music through the Making Tracks funding scheme, which has allowed artists to apply for funding for recording singles and music videos. The New Music schemes, to be in place from 1 July, create two different paths to funding and allow more flexibility.

Songwriters around the world are invited to enter the 2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition.

This prestigious international contest offers a first prize of A$50,000, second prize of A$10,000 and third prize of A$5,000. Previous prize winners include Kimbra, Gotye and The Preatures.

Apply here:

Ma Bell & Guests present an evening of acoustic urban folk & country blues, funky jazz & burlesque mingled with elements of vaudevillian and music hall theatre to encourage a little bodacious frivolity. Ma Bells guests include Miss Bonita Danger Doll, James Wilkinson & Jon Maxim Hooker, The Blues Mamas and Radius. This is a BYO cabaret style seated event. Bookings Recommended.

Soulsystem are currently on tour of the South Island to celebrate the release of their latest single Fly High. You can catch them this Saturday night at the Hilltop Tavern.

Ever wanted to know more about the music industry – how it works, who to talk to, what you need, why things happen and where you should look for help?

We are planning a get together in Christchurch called Going Local. It's an informal way for you to meet with some established people already working in the music industry, who can offer advice and knowledge that will help to answer some of those questions above. It is also a chance for us to get to know you and hear about your own sound and vision for the future.

The finalists for RoundUp 2016 have been announced, Idris, Smokin' Voodoo, Dead Rats, St Peter's Thursday, and Emily & Georgie have all made it to the grand finale at The Darkroom on Saturday 11th June.

Musicworks Weekend Warriors is New Zealand's most exciting music programme aimed at getting enthusiastic musicians into performing in bands and living the dream. 

There's nothing like turning up the volume and playing in a band! As part of the Weekend Warriors Band Programme we'll provide you with weekly rehearsals with; P.A., drums, and amplifiers all ready to go. You will be in a band with other Warriors of a similar level and musical interests. Along with this a professional tutor will assist you to bring it all together over a period of eight weeks.

Dubbed at the ‘Wurst” festival ever, this show is a fundraising initiative for a good cause with all the proceeds going to Canteen. The event has a great line up and a broad mix of style with; Blues Professor, Themeta, August Fields, and Terror Tapes all performing.

BoxFresh Live! Session 2 is done and dusted. Last Saturday night was a sell out at Sawtooth Studios, with an exceptional line up of Christchurch artists on display. We look forward to presenting the completed video from the event in the coming weeks for all to view. Thanks to all our sponsors, the awesome production team and August Fields, Decades, & Skelter for making it such a success. 

NZ Musician magazine is celebrating NZ Music Month with a crowd funding campaign to help fund the design of an entirely new website platform. NZM editor Richard Thorne describes it as the 27-year old magazine’s most important re-invention yet – developing an exciting future online presence – in combination with a readily accessible archive of the local music industry’s recent past.

The MMF Music Managers Awards celebrates the very best of those New Zealand music managers who support their artists every step of the way. The awards have become one of this country's most respected music industry events.

House of Mountain have just released their brand new video for the bands debut single “Kiwi Hit.” The song is a satirical look at the lives of local, lazy, rock musicians trying to find their break in the industry.

You can view the video here:

The track is also available to purchase from iTunes:

Randy Hansen, guitar virtuoso and one of the few guitarists in the world to be recognised by the Hendrix family is coming to New Zealand in May for four shows in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton. 

RoundUp 2016 heats are set to begin this Wednesday night at the Darkroom. The legendary Christchurch Live Band is underway once again, with 4 competitive heats across May. Only 1 band from each heat will proceed to the Final, to be joined for the first time by a wild card, the grand Champion of the UC Battle of the Bands competition!


The APRA Silver Scroll Awards honour the craft of writing songs, and the people that write them. The winner of the APRA Silver Scroll Award receives a $5000 cash prize, and takes the coveted APRA Silver Scroll Award trophy into their care for eleven months. The APRA Silver Scroll Award is New Zealand’s only peer-voted music award, with the winner being decided by APRA’s nationwide membership of songwriters and composers.

Entries are now open for the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards, including entries for:

We have another informative music seminar coming up this month, with special guests David Ridler & Jeff Newton from NZ On Air, and Dean Cameron from Recorded Music NZ. Topics will include; recording & video funding, media plugging and music licensing. Very limited space available so please rsvp to register to attend.


An upcoming fundraising concert for Muscular Dystrophy Association Of New Zealand Canterbury Branch (MDAC) is a lot more than just a fundraiser. Rage Against The Dying Light 2016 is a fundraising concert and a chance for Jason Beardsley to remember his best friend Kevin Jefcoate, who changed Jason’s life before tragically losing his own in a car accident in 2015.

We have a special deal on now for New Zealand Music Month, all our rooms are available to hire for only $25 an hour. If you haven't been to BeatBox yet now would be a good time to pay us a visit! For bookings and enquiries go to

We have a special deal on now for New Zealand Music Month, all our rooms are available to hire for only $25 an hour. If you haven't been to BeatBox yet now would be a good time to pay us a visit! For bookings and enquiries go to

The NZ Music Month Summit is an intimate series of master classes where delegates can get up close and personal with music industry agencies and find out first-hand how to make money from their music, what funding is available, and hear tips and pointers on how to present the best application for success.

This free event will include experienced music industry specialists from NZ On Air, NZ Music Commission, Recorded Music NZ, Creative New Zealand and APRA.