Electric Avenue hits Hagley Park with a massive lineup of international, national and local acts across 3 stages. Returning for the fourth time, join us at Electric Avenue 2018 for a massive 12 hours of music featuring: Dizzee Rascal!, Primal Scream, Chronixx, TOO MANY ZOOZ, State of Mind, Black Milk, Confidence Man, L.A.B, MY BABY, Theia + more... catch them all in Hagley Park, Satuday 24 February. More acts to be announced soon…. Get tickets now -
Delaney Davidson in carnival mode – AOTNZ ‘Magic Lightbox’ tour Oct/ Nov 2017 Remember the slide show of the returned traveller? Remember the projected image on a sheet in the living room? See these old-time images combined with evocative music in Delaney Davidson’s homage to lost ways of storytelling. Blending live music and film, Arts Laureate Delaney gives us a glimpse of a forgotten time - dusty highways, old Europe, the ‘new world’ of the USA and New Zealand as you’ve never seen it before…..
APRA AMCOS announces a bumper year for songwriters thanks to streaming and export revenue. Total royalties payable to songwriters, publishers and affiliated societies (net distributable revenue) $335.9m, 17.7 per cent year on year growth. Streaming royalties $62.2m, 127 per cent year on year growth. Royalties earned overseas $43.5m, 13.6 per cent year on year growth. Video on Demand royalties $14.1m, 69.9 per cent year on year growth. Live music royalties $20.4m, 15.9 per cent year on year growth.
A FREE interactive workshop for Dj's & Promoters. 
 Meet & learn from local industry leaders, venue managers, booking agents and entertainment professionals. Gain real world local & international industry insight from practicing entertainment professionals. Review business basics for entertainment environments, tips & tricks for communication, understanding & utilising contracts, keeping paper trails, invoicing and financial management. What works, what are the professionals doing. What are your requirements to the IRD? What are your tax obligations as an entertainment service provider?
The Going Global Music Summit provides musicians, producers, composers, labels, promoters, industry professionals and fans a chance to perform, discuss, learn, teach, and interact in front of an audience of like-minded peers in an environment that encourages the global exchange of ideas, techniques and trends. Full speaker list and event info available here @

The APRA Silver Scroll top 20 finalists have just been announced. Plenty of talented Christchurch ex-pats are featured including Bic Runga, Nadia Reid, Lawrence Arabia, and Aldous Harding.

Widely considered the most prestigious accolade in New Zealand Music, this award recognises outstanding achievement in the craft of Songwriting. The overall winner will be announced at the awards in Dunedin on September 28th.

Nominations for the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2017 are now open. 

Unless otherwise specified, nominations are open to NZ recordings released during the eligibility period of 1 August 2016 - 31 July 2017.

You can view 2017 Eligibility Criteria and Category Definitions here:

Entries open now for RoundUp 2017, full details available here:

With 179 applications, May was one of the biggest New Music funding rounds to date, 33 new songs and videos will be supported through our New Music Single funding scheme. Congratulations to the following artists!


Called Out


Great Heights

‘Salmonella Dub, legends of the NZ music scene are celebrating their 25th anniversary with three very special shows this summer, featuring the return of Tiki Taane.’


These shows mark 25 years for the multiple platinum selling and award winning Salmonella Dub, and will be especially memorable with the featured return of Tiki Taane who worked with the band from 1996 until 2006.


Singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer and lynchpin of the Christchurch-based Swarm Crew, Elly's used to wearing a few different hats. The new video for her tune 'Round and Round' proves she's partial to a few costume changes too.

A hurricane of colour, beautiful Southern landscapes and choreographed mastery, the video was directed by Mark Marchand and features members of Elly's dance studios as backups.

The track, produced and co-written by Sam de Jong is a tropical banger and is getting some good love from Mai FM.

Check it out below.

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 2017. 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.

Come and see an elite selection of Christchurch rock acts, strut their stuff at this exclusive showcase for New Zealand Music Month. Limited tickets so get in quick!

Date: Fri 12 May 17

Time: 08:00pm

Venue: Dark Room, 336 St Asaph St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

NZ Music Managers Forum, NZ Music Commission

in association with Recorded Music NZ, APRA AMCOS and NZ On Air present:



Industry Professionals Talk Their Passion

The Official Music Month Summit returns for 2017 with a new format and a new venue.

This year the Summit will be held at Auckland Museum in the amazing Auditorium on Saturday May 20, which is also the last weekend of the acclaimed Volume – Making Music in Aotearoa Exhibition.

Christchurch based singer/songwriter Bryony Matthews is pleased to announce the release her forthcoming debut album Little Queen, due for release on May 5th.

Matthews writes unique, considered, lyrics-focused folk-pop offerings, with her band lending an upbeat ambiance to the songs.

Entries are now open for the 2017 APRA Silver Scroll Awards, which include the APRA Silver Scroll, the Maioha Award, SOUNZ Contemporary Award, Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award and Best Original Music in a Series Award.

The eligibility dates for all awards is 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 - please read the terms and conditions carefully.


APRA have made one key change to the rules of entry this year. For those entering the Silver Scroll Award, you are now allowed to enter ONE song per artist, rather than two.

The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival is one of the longest- running music festivals in the country.

Canterbury University TuneSoc presents the Battle of the Bands 2017 coming up on the 20th of May, Band entries close 7th of May. Check out the event page and get involved!

Beatbox Studios

Make a booking now!

CHART, BeatBox Studios and a team of our very awesome friends, have been working hard on this project for the past few months now. We are finally pleased to unveil; A brand new Gig Guide just for Christchurch music. Sign up now and get your next gig listed!

Looking for a career boost? Our Professional Development Awards are back!

The APRA Professional Development Awards (PDAs) are presented biennially by APRA AMCOS to the ‘shining lights’ within our songwriting industry, aimed at helping songwriters who demonstrate outstanding talent to reach their full potential.

The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band.

Part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love.

The innocent little uke is the instrument of choice and folk will be staggered by what they are able achieve with it. Great song writing, musicianship and 3-part harmony combine to create a truly memorable, entertaining experience.

Li'l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine returns with Utility Blues

Utility Blues is Li'l Chuck's follow up to the highly acclaimed 2013 release Blues In Full Swing. 

After a lengthy closure while site works have been completed at the Boxed Quarter precinct, we are very excited to announce the official re-launch of BeatBox Studios. We will be hosting an open day on Saturday April 1st between 10am-2pm and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be live music demos and refreshments available.

This will also be the soft launch of another exciting project that CHART has been working on. We will be unveiling, a comprehensive gig guide dedicated to Christchurch.

Don’t miss this very special festival – our guest lineup offers virtuosity, originality, hilarity and authenticity. Spread thickly over 4 days and 3 nights. And of course sessions of all styles any time of night or day. All in the beautiful setting of the Waipara Adventure Centre, North Canterbury.

Discover more about the artists at

This two day creative workshop is designed for song writers, composers and creatives from the Christchurch region who are interested in, or would like to explore further, the possibilities of Taonga Puoro (Traditional Māori Instruments) within their own practice. This is the first of a series of workshops in 2017, that will be held around the country, with the intention to develop the playing and use of taonga puoro throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand and beyond.
Workshops will include:

Emerging with a new line up and an explosive new sound, MERRIN incorporates the goodness of high energy rock with soul and passion. With the release of their raunchy new single “Mr.Dominant”, Merrin are excited to be taking their “Rock under Construction” tour to The Club Tavern Christchurch with support from local artists EgoValve and Cinderella Rocketship.

The first round of funding for 2017 has just been announced for NZ On Air New Single Funding. Congrats to local rock band recipients Decades who received single and video funding for their track “Get Me Home”.

Set times have just been announced for Electric Avenue festival. Make sure you check out some of the awesome bands we have performing on the CHART Stage. Tickets are almost sold out!

APRA have just announced their SONGHUBS program for 2017, full details below:

“Our week long SONGHUBS program is on the horizon, due to kick off in three weeks, and once again we will also be hosting evening seminars which will provide an opportunity for all our members to come and hear our international guests speak about their songwriting and careers.

This year we're lucky to have three very impressive songwriter guest speakers:

With the intention of creating a unique musical experience Radius Kink House are hosting their second Radius Kink House Concert on the 23rd February 2017 with two incredible music acts Duo Wendy and Mike a latin-jazz ensemble headlining the event, with support from Connor Hartley-Hall a gifted guitarist complementing the headline act with his original Spanish feel. Christchurch’s very own, fantastic, Stand Up Comedian Jack Ansett will be serving as MC and performing a short routine on the night.

Starting on Tuesday the 28th of February, Carlton will be hosting Open Mic Nights, operating from 6pm til 9:30pm every week.