Applications are now open for CONTROL – a dynamic five stage program designed to help music managers in the middle of their careers from both sides of the Tasman thrive, in a new music management paradigm.

Here’s a very interesting read courtesy of SXSW. I highly recommend this event for; labels artists, managers, and music lovers. It has to be experienced to be believed….


The Boss is coming! Bruce Springsteen will play AMI Stadium on Tuesday 21st February as part of his upcoming Australasian tour. Supporting will be Jet and our own Marlon Williams.

Pre-sale tickets will be available for Frontier Members on Tuesday, September 20 via

Tickets for the general public go on-sale from Friday, September 23.

Attention all you singer-songwriters and acoustic acts! Canterbury University Music Club are hosting a music competition on campus this October. Entry details are available here:

Here is a really valuable article courtesy of Tone Deaf, anyone serious about making a career in music should take note. It all ultimately comes down to treating your music as a business not a hobby.



It may seem like all a band needs to do is concentrate on the music, and the rest will take care of itself, but for anyone hoping to work as a musician, there are a lot of aspects that need to be taken care of right from the start.



Five top New Zealand artists and acts have made the shortlist for the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award, recognising excellence in songwriting. The finalists and their songs represent an eclectic mix of genres and range from iconic names in Kiwi music, to up-and-comers making their mark in the industry.

Live in The Park is back for another epic event! Hitting Hagley Park for a special one-off show, Six60 are joined by The Black Seeds, L.A.B., Kings, and The Sunshine Sound System. Early bird tickets are available now through:

Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, 19 year old, Maya Payne has been singing since she was six and writing songs since she was 11. Her early tracks have had significant radio play in New Zealand, with her track “If Only” also becoming a regular fixture on music TV in both New Zealand and Canada.

Mayas debut EP "The Lucky Ones" has recently been released to rave reviews. The EP is available now through Bandcamp

Alt Country / Folk

Going Global Music Summit 2016 is happening in Auckland this week!

Going Global provides New Zealand musicians, producers, composers, labels, promoters, industry professionals and fans an opportunity to discuss, learn and interact with like-minded peers in an environment that encourages the exchange of global ideas, techniques, information and trends.

Over the past six years the event has hosted some of the most influential music industry members in the world.

Skelter have just launched their video for the band’s debut single “Get Outta My Face”. The video was directed by Rick Harvie at Belmont Productions with funding support from NZ On Air.

View the video here:

The 2016 International Songwriting Competition is open now to both amateur and professional songwriters. Winning ISC is a distinction that has propelled many artists to achieve greater success, including getting record and publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more.

Over $150,000 in cash and prizes including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and much more in merchandise and services a total of 71 winners and 23 categories for you to enter.

Due to popular demand the Christchurch drum battle competition “Drum Off” returns for 2016. Players will get their chance to impress with their best drum solo with $1500 in prizes up for grabs.

The contest will be held on the 24th of August, at Churchill's Tavern.

Sign up in store at Musicworks, entry's close on the 20th of August.

Black Fox Trio have just released their second single titled “Rhythm Is Your King”. The track is available now through Spotify and Apple Music. You can view the video here:

An initiative has been launched to host a Christchurch Music Awards event aka The Bevrons. The event is aimed to bring artists together and to collectively celebrate Christchurch music. If you would like to participate, contribute, or become a sponsor then head to the official website for more details.

It’s been a whirlwind past few months for up and coming artist Asti-Loren since returning to her hometown of Christchurch recently. With rave reviews across multiple media channels and the release of her new single “Psychedelic Rose” its full steam ahead for this dedicated young musician.

View the video here:

Alvarado’s presents the Soul Fire Sessions every Thursday night hosted by musicians from Taos and Medway Roots. Open jam session, all welcome.

An AC/DC tribute like no other is coming to Christchurch playing live at Churchills next month and supporting them nationally around the country will be up and coming local rockers Skelter.

Speakers have been announced for the 2016 Going Global Music Summit, the line-up looks imprerssive this year with plenty of international industry experts attending. Registrations and now open.

Colin Daniels - CEO, Inertia Group (AUSTRALIA) - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

CEO of the Inertia Group of companies, an independent music family including leading Australian full-service music company Inertia, live music promoter Handsome Tours, publisher GaGa Music, management company IE:Inertia.

Darkroom and Space Academy are proud to present...DarkSpace - Six bands across two venues!

"It's the one year anniversary of the new and improved Darkroom and what better way to celebrate than by throwing a festival with the neighbours across the road - Space Academy. We are excited to have six incredible bands joining in on the festivities" - Marcus Winstanley

SHAFT - the legendary and longstanding band of songwriter and former Axemen member Bob Cardy, Shaft are readying the release of their anticipated new album.

The APRA Silver Scroll Top 20 finalists have now been announced. Emerging talent sits alongside some of the most prominent names in New Zealand music in this year’s rich and varied list of songs vying for the coveted award.

The 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award Top 20 are:








The first round of the New Music funding for 2016 has been announced. There were 120 applications this round with 25 New Music Singles selected as part of the new funding scheme.

An exceptional line up of up and coming Christchurch talent is coming to Blue Smoke on Friday August 5th. The show will feature August Fields, The Matty Smith Band and new comers Volts.

Matty Smith brings his moody and soulful song book to the stage for this show complete with a full band. Matty has spent the last 12 months touring his debut record Before You Lay Down and this will be the last opportunity to see him play live before he returns to the studio to start work on his new album.

Stonehurst have just released a brand new single titled “Free Yourself” and to celebrate they will be playing two South Island shows next month. You can catch them in Christchurch at Churchills and at the Factory Bar in Timaru. Supporting Stonehurst on their tour will be Black Fox Trio and RoundUp 2016 winners Smookin’ Voodoo.

Tickets from:

Christchurch City Chorus presents a special fundraising show in September to assist the group in taking their performers to participate in an international convention in Las Vegas.

The show will also include; Moorhouse Dancers, Sarah Templeton, Sideline Swing Big Band (2pm show), Flying Dixies Jazz Band (7.30pm show) and Dunedin Harmony Chorus. There will also be performances from Aftershock! Quartet, Key Note Quartet, and High Jinx.

Event name: Sweet As Vegas!

Date: 17 September

Times: 2pm and 7.30pm

A fresh and exciting tour that honours all that Matariki encompasses, celebrating community & culture, whānau & respect, growth & change, action & new beginnings! 

This concert tour offers a truly unique and intimate night of live music from a line-up of Aotearoa’s top female vocalists, featuring the legendary Betty-Anne Monga, Annie Crummer and Maisey Rika.

If you’ve played original songs live in the last year, you need to get your Performance Reports in to APRA before 31 July so you can get paid!

Every time you play your own songs live in public, you’re earning money. Performance Reports tell APRA when, where and what you’ve performed so that they can accurately pay you live performance royalties.


To get paid, you must submit your own Performance Reports through the Writer Portal with the following information:

There’s a big night of rock n roll coming up this Saturday at Darkroom Bar. The show will feature local acts Tone Droids, Thunderwulf, 3IC, and the Totara Collective from Takaka. Admission is $10 at the door.


Egovalve play a live in store set as part of the "First Thursdays" night market. The theme is magic! So bring your wand and warm up your vinyl browsing fingers.


"Something wonderful this way comes! First Thursdays Christchurch invites you to ABRACADABRA - join us for a magical night of free arts and entertainment. Combining art, exhibitions, music, markets and more - we invite you to explore and be enchanted by Sydenham."

Sol3 Mio are pleased to announce that they will once again be brightening the end of the year with their festive celebration Christmas In The Vines.

Performing their signature mix of opera arias, traditional songs, a selection of hits from their two albums and everyone’s favourite Christmas carols, Sol3 Mio’s annual Christmas in the Vines & Christmas on the Harbour shows are sure to delight audiences once again.