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Auckland City of Music wins Best Global Music City Award

8 November 2022

Auckland City of Music | Tāmaki Makaurau Pā Puoro was named Best Global Music City at the 3rd Annual Music Cities Awards at a ceremony in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday 5th November NZT. This is the second successive win for Auckland at these awards, following on from 2021’s award as Best Global Music Office.

The Music Cities Awards is a global competition designed to acknowledge and reward the most outstanding applications of music for economic, social, environmental and cultural development in cities and places all around the world.

The aim of the Best Global Music City category is to celebrate the city that has best integrated music into as many aspects of its development as possible, with the winning city able to demonstrate that it is actively supporting its music ecosystem, as well as integrating music into improving equity & inclusion, economic development, health, tourism, urban planning, night time economy, community building, and more.

This year’s jury was impressed with the work Auckland City of Music has been doing and the impact the work has on communities across Tāmaki Makaurau.

Mark Roach, Director of Auckland City of Music, says “This award recognises the place that music plays in building world-class cities. By designing and embedding music-friendly policies in city planning; creating & protecting the spaces and places that music needs to thrive; and caring for the unique sounds of this region, we can create a sustainable music ecosystem for all. There is still much mahi to do, but in winning this award, I am confident we are on course to realise Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s potential as a global creative capital [1].”

With the aim of the awards being to promote best practice and demonstrate the value of music to the world, Luke Jones, CEO of Music Cities Events, the awards producer, states “We’re delighted with the success of the third edition of the Music Cities Awards. We received over 150 applications from twenty countries and five continents, and each application demonstrated how versatile and powerful music can be. It was exciting to be able to gather all of these examples of how music can be used to improve cities around the world.”

Mirla Edmundson, Auckland Council’s Acting Director of Customer and Community Services, says “We’re thrilled this award recognises the efforts of the partnership and acknowledges our unique music industry and culture across Tāmaki Makaurau. Auckland is a highly creative city, filled with world-class musicians, music workers, orchestras, venues and festivals and it’s wonderful to help play a part in bringing them to the world stage.”

The win recognises key Auckland City of Music and Auckland Council activations and projects, as well as the collaborative efforts of the municipal and music sector partners to find ways to solve challenges and maximise opportunities within the ecosystem. 

More information can be found here.

[1] Tātaki Auckland Unlimited published Create Auckland 2030, a strategy for growing the creative economy. The vision statement is to see “Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland navigating towards a glo bal creative capital.”

Auckland Folk Festival

13 October 2022

The 50th Auckland Folk Festival - Auckland Folk Festival proudly announces its triumphant return for 2023

Auckland Folk Festival celebrates 50 years!  New Zealand’s largest folk festival is back and better than ever, with 2023 promising a very special occasion as the festival celebrates half a century of togetherness, music and dance. 

The festival team is anticipating this to be the biggest Folk Festival in New Zealand’s history with thousands expected to flood through the gates of the three-day celebration at Kumeu Showgrounds over Auckland Anniversary Weekend (Fri 27th Jan - Mon 30th Jan 2023), bringing together a unique line up creative and talented artists for a very special 3-day celebration of the broad genre that is ‘folk’.

After two years of restrictions we are delighted to announce that we are expecting a wide variety of artists from New Zealand and abroad this year.  There will be a particular focus on celebrating 50 years of the Auckland Folk Festival with visual, musical and other tributes to its diverse history.  The festival team can’t wait to reveal its full lineup announcement on October 27th, alongside the release of festival tickets.

The Kids Stage is once again a huge part of the festival, especially for the many families that camp out all weekend.  A youth orchestra takes over the Kids Zone on Saturday afternoon and a family picnic, kids dance and night-time tales closes out the day. Sunday kicks off with a series of concerts before instrument making and a parade. Get your creative juices flowing and write some new songs or dances to showcase at the festival. Children under 10 are free all weekend.

Invite your mates and bring the family for a laid back camping weekend. All signs point to Helensville, and you can find the Auckland Folk Festival along that highway in Kumeu, not even twenty minutes from the centre of the city, for a sunny last weekend of January.

January 27th - 30th 2023
Kumeu Showgrounds
Get your tickets here

Auckland a finalist for Best Global Music City Award

28 September 2022

Auckland City of Music | Tāmaki Makaurau Pā Puoro
is a finalist for Best Global Music City at the 3rd Annual Music Cities Awards. This follows on from last year’s win as Best Global Music Office.

The Music Cities Awards is a global competition designed to acknowledge and reward the most outstanding applications of music for economic, social, environmental and cultural development in cities and places all around the world.

The aim of the Best Global Music City category is to celebrate the city that has best integrated music into as many aspects of its development as possible, with the winning city able to demonstrate that it is actively supporting its music ecosystem, as well as integrating music into improving equity & inclusion, economic development, health, tourism, urban planning, night time economy, community building, and more.

Mayor Phil Goff says, “This nomination recognises the strength and talent of Auckland’s music ecosystem. This includes the unique contribution of Māori culture to music and the strengths and contribution of Pasifika and ethnic communities”.

“Being a finalist for the Best Global Music City is a huge positive for Tāmaki Makaurau and one that all of us should take pride in.”

Councillor Alf Filipaina, Chair of Auckland Council’s Parks Arts Community and Events Committee agrees. “It is fantastic to see Tāmaki Makaurau nominated as a finalist in the Best Global Music City category. The timing could not have been better with last weekend’s final of Stand Up Stand Out, our musical and dance talent competition, fresh in our minds. Initiatives like SUSO unveil great emerging musical talent and this nomination recognises that.”

Auckland City of Music Director Mark Roach says, “Auckland’s music scene has weathered a tumultuous period due to effects of COVID-19, but the crisis has paved the way for the new initiatives and relationships which will assist Auckland in building a resilient, sustainable and diverse music ecosystem into the future.

“This nomination acknowledges that Auckland is a highly creative city, filled with world-class musicians, music workers, orchestras, venues and festivals. The nomination also recognises the mahi behind the scenes such as the revitalising Music In Venues programme, our gender equality initiative, Equaliser, as well as the work that Auckland Council does with rangatahi on Stand Up Stand Out and Ka Mua, Ka Muri.”

The nomination was also in recognition of the collaborative efforts of both Auckland Council and Music Sector partners to find ways to solve challenges and maximise opportunities within the ecosystem. This resulted in support and resourcing for professional development events (Aotearoa SyncPosium, Young Gig Makers, Aotearoa Music Producer Series, Independent Music NZ’s Going Global and Taite Music Prize); infrastructure initiatives (Save Our Venues, MusicHelps); and celebration of music heritage (Songlines, From The Pit music photography, NZ Music Month heritage walks).

Auckland Council has shown leadership to supporting the arts by trying new ways to showcase the musical and creative talent across our region. During the orange setting of the COVID Protection Framework earlier this year council, in partnership with Money for Jam, E Noho and MusicHelps, took the annual Music in Parks season into people’s homes with an online offering to keep Auckland musicians in front of Aucklanders.

Council have also supported musical artists and other creatives with crowdfunding partner Boosted. This saw 24 creative projects. including six music-based projects, receive $2000 each from council with the remainder funded from individuals. This resulted in those creative projects coming to fruition when the creative sector was struggling.

Coincidentally, all three finalists in the Best Global Music City category are members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

The awards will be presented at the 11th Music Cities Convention being held in November 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra 2023 season is on sale now

28 September 2022

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) has officially launched its 2023 season showcasing an array of international and local musical excellence.

The APO’s 2023 season speaks to a full and vibrant year ahead. The orchestra’s weekly presence draws thousands to Auckland’s CBD and to venues across the wider city. National broadcasts of APO performances by RNZ Concert are treasured by music lovers throughout the country and an active schedule of live-streamed performances has grown the APO’s global fan base into the millions.

With more than 50 performances on the cards for 2023 and over 70 different works spanning several centuries, musical highlights will be many and varied – there is something to suit every taste.

The APO’S 2023 season is significant for the number of Australasian and New Zealand debuts amongst its guest artists. Auckland audiences will enjoy acclaimed soloists from Europe, Asia, North America and Australia as well as from New Zealand.

The APO 2023 Season is on sale NOW for subscription purchases (4 or more tickets) via 

 Six reasons to become an APO subscriber:

  • Best Prices - Save up to 25% off public ticket prices.
  • Flexible Payments - Buy now, pay later in two or four easy instalments.
  • No Booking Fees - Even for additional concerts, booked through APO Ticketing.
  • Best Seats - Priority seat selection.
  • Ticket Exchange - Flexible ticket exchange to another concert if your plans change.
  • Full series subscribers can retain their favourite seats, year after year.

View this season's brochure here

Kulay Ng Buhay - A Celebration Of Arts, Music And Culture

28 September 2022

Mabuhay! To one and all. Brown Sugar Factory are thrilled to present our latest offering ‘Kulay Ng Buhay - A Celebration Of Arts, Music & Culture’

Sponsored by Auckland City Of Music, Brown Sugar Factory is serving you an entertainment experience like no other. Join us at Phoenix Cabaret on K Rd for an evening of interactive art installations, dance, delicious food, and of course some mouth watering musical extravagance.

We start our journey with a line up of the most fiery funk house acts on the scene. Presenting ‘BEIKS’ taking a short break from his mic On Air at George FM Nights to spin the decks before handing the over to ‘Gabriella Gonzales’, who you may recognise from some of the biggest festivals in the country. Our favourite man ‘BRIDGES’ from the UK; will be joining us once again with his great big bushy beard dishing out disco hip shakers on the ones and twos. Finally, ‘DI SUN’ flys in from Brazil to guide you on a journey through the house jungle - our man leaves listeners as mere puddles on the dance floor.

Last but certainly not least, Brown Sugar Factory will be presenting their most eclectic set yet full of brand new sounds, brand new friends, and brand new energy to be digested. Tasty.

Move and shake with our incredible dance performers; the gorgeous, majestic Naomi spinning hoops while we spin the decks & our boy Kwyze an outstanding, tasty groover of the highest order.

The space will be lovingly decorated with visuals projected across the space from VJ ‘Alexander’, Māori toi and whakairo from the team at ‘Kiko’, visual magic from Bowie reincarnate ‘Patsy Skeet’ as well as our very own ‘Feebily’.

To complete this immersive experience Filipino meryenda and snacks will be available to keep your energy flowing throughout the night.

Date: Fri Nov 11th, 2022
Time: 7:00pm - 12:30pm
Venue: Phoenix CabaretAuckland 

Get your tickets here

Outlier Festival

6 September 2022

Three days of experimental and exploratory electronic music from Aotearoa

Outlier Festival presents three days of genre-spanning music reflecting the diversity of Aotearoa’s experimental electronic music scene; including EBM, glitch, footwork, deconstructed club, ambient, cumbia, synthpop, hyperpop, cowgirl breaks, concrete music, goblin-core, dubstep, leftfield bass, power electronics, techno, taonga pūoro, drone, IDM, noise, neo-folk, industrial-sonics, coded music, splatter, slambient + everything in between!

Presented by The Audio Foundation, the festival will take place across Whammy Bar, Whammy Backroom, Artspace and the Auckland Unitarian Church over the 7th, 8th & 9th of October.


Friday 07 October
doors 8:00PM
Whammy Bar

Saturday 08 October
doors 2:00PM
Auckland Unitarian Church


Saturday 08 October
doors 9PM
Whammy Bar & Backroom


Sunday 09 October


Festival passes $50 or individual tickets through

Auckland Blues Festival

12 August 2022

Auckland Blues Festival 2022

After nearly two decades of planning and waiting for the right moment, we just couldn’t wait any more. We’re super excited to announce the launch of our passion project, a beautiful family focussed boutique and bespoke blues festival designed for discerning tastes.

Auckland Blues Festival will be a one day/night affair held at the gorgeous Aum New Year’s Festival site just an hour north of central Auckland near Helensville.

We will have two stages covering all things blues music. This is a pure live music, dancing, and art affair and this inaugural show will feature some of the finest blues sounds from throughout New Zealand, accompanied by some stunning international guests.

Ladies, Gentlemen, Non Binary and everyone in between, welcome.

Plus more to be confirmed

See the website for full profiles, bios, music links and more.

Saturday, 12 November 2022
Leightons Farm , South Head
[All Ages]

Music in Venues

6 July 2022

Music in Venues Funds awarded

We're pleased to be supporting the return of live music through the Music In Venues grants. We received 86 applications requesting $430,000 in total. Applications were prioritised based on event quality and outcomes for Auckland communities. The panel awarded 24 grants for a total of $117000.

Venues that will be hosting events from these grants this year are: All Goods, Audio Foundation, Big Fan, Cupid Bar, Four Shells Kava Lounge, Ink, Little Wilderness, Move Space, Nice Goblins HQ, Ponsonby Social Club, Q Loft, Stampede Bar & Grill, The Hollywood, The Tuning Fork, Whammy Bar, Wine Cellar

Disco Hoopla

6 July 2022

Between 1999 and 2004, Reliable Recordings soundtracked the Kiwi house explosion.It gave a platform to new producers and released a string of instant homegrown classics - including 19c Trumpet, Calibre '98 and the track that gives this event its name - Disco Hoopla.

Reliable went on to put together four influential compilations - two volumes of Algorhythms and two of Sun Valley Sounds.It showcased the talents of acts including Subware, Cuffy & Leon D, Phully and Reactor Music.It welcomed those who made Aotearoa home - people like Dick Johnson and Reed & Radley.And it engineered collaborations involving international visitors including Inland Knights, Joshua and Rhythm Plate.

Ahead of a full label reboot, Reliable has released its catalogue digitally for the first time.

What better excuse for a party?

Join some of the originals for a night of celebration headlined by an exclusive reunion performance by Subware. It's a chance for those who were there to come together one more time - and those who weren't to experience a special moment in time.As Disco Hoopla has it: "Come out on the disco floor, so we can dance some more.

Subware (exclusive reunion performance)
Cuffy & Leon D
Sandy Mill
Chris Reed

10 PM – 4 AM

Pre-sales available from Eventbrite.

Universal Authors Gig

14 June 2022

Universal Authors have rescheduled their Auckland Gig.

Universal Authors Just a very loud three piece indie/punk band  and recipients of the Auckland City of Music Young Gig Makers Grant.

Universal Authors and Friends!
Sun 26 June, 2022
The Tuning Fork, Auckland

Get tickets

Winters Best

8 June 2022

Winter is coming… and it’s going to be one helluva vibe.

Introducing Winter Best—your tonic to the winter blues—with over 10 hours of non-stop live music across five stages and zones, and a lineup that downright slaps. And it’s FREE.

Serving everything from the low ’n slow melodies of LEISURE and the indie-pop-rock tones of The Beths, to the irresistible world beat fusion of Weird Together, Winter Best is where you’ll want to be.

Get your groove on at the main stage or enjoy an intimate acoustic setting in a beautifully restored church. Soak up the vibes in an industrial aesthetic reminiscent of the high octane energy of an underground club in Berlin, or chill out in The Selector Shack with Aotearoa’s hottest DJs spinning grooves into the night.

A curated Kai Village will keep you fueled with all your favourite food trucks slinging the tastiest street eats around, and the fun-filled whānau zone will keep kids entertained with a micro-festival of their own packed with music, activities, and play spaces.


LEISURE / The Beths / Weird Together / Tami Neilson / Julien Dyne / Anna Coddington / Kédu Carlö / Lou’ana / Carnivorous Plant Society / Lips / Hopetoun Brown / Syrup / Rewind Fields / Suzy Cato / Captain Festus McBoyle / GO-GO Family Rave / Cirque de JP / and more to be announced….

Tickets are FREE but strictly limited. Grab your ticket from Eventbrite now.


Winter Best

Saturday 18th June

11:45am - 10pm

Corban Estate Arts Centre

2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson



The Inaugural EQ Networking Hui

10 May 2022

Auckland City of Music in collaboration with our partners are proud to invite you to

A celebration of Women* in screen and Music

Saturday 28 May
10am - 1pm
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Light food and drinks provided

Equaliser (EQ) is a networking and grants initiative that provides professional development and an ongoing network to female* music and screen sector professionals. It is produced and presented by Auckland UNESCO City of Music, Women In Film & Television and supported by SAE Creative Media Institute, Auckland Live, the NZ Music Commission and NZ On Air.

Project grants of $10,000 were awarded in 2021 to facilitate three musicians working with three female directors to create filmed music content. The Inaugural EQ Networking Hui gives the creatives involved an opportunity to discuss their work and processes, as well as give other music and screen professionals an opportunity to network amongst peers.  EQ is a global initiative by UNESCO Cities of Music to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

 The Hui will take place on Saturday 28th May inside the Herald Theatre with an aim of building a community of female screen and music professionals here in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  Numbers are limited - so RSVP swiftly! 

Our programme includes:

  • Q&A session with our 2021 EQ Grant Recipient Directors and Musicians, moderated by Sarah Thomson
  • Q&A session with Sylvia Betham from NZ on Air regarding funding
  • An opportunity to network with peers and industry professionals.

View and learn more about our 2021 EQ Grant Recipients here.

We have a ticket price of $5, with all proceeds donated to MusicHelps.
RSVP to the event by clicking the button below and purchasing your tickets. 
If you've any questions contact Renee Tanner on 

Get your tickets here

Play Your Part

5 May 2022

At Crescendo Trust, they believe in the power of people and music to connect and change lives. Based in Avondale, Auckland Crescendo runs music mentoring workshops for vulnerable young Kiwis that may not fit into traditional education or career pathways. Run by practicing NZ musicians including Dave Atail (Nesian Mystik), Solomon Crook and Lomez Brown, the workshops focus on teaching both songwriting, recording and audio as well as transferable skills like communication, collaboration and teamwork.

This May, for NZ Music Month, Crescendo is raising money and awareness to continue providing meaningful pathways into music and audio careers for youth 15-24.

The pandemic has caused a massive disruption to schooling, particularly in the final years of high school when youth are making career and education choices and we know many youth have left school to earn money for their families as the cost of living has risen. This has caused an increased demand for their mentoring programmes.

Crescendo Trust are unable to meet the demand without your support. Which is why, this May Crescendo is asking Kiwis to ‘Play Your Part’

 Play your part … to help youth thrive

  • Play your part … to inspire the next generation of musicians
  • Play your part … to help turn lives around
  • What part will you play?

Aside from making a donation, there are many ways Kiwis can play their part in May including buying a tshirt, entering a songwriting competition, joining online panel discussions about entering the music industry and watching a live-stream concert with Crescendo student graduates.

Visit to find out more


Max Earnshaw and Indie Rock

29 April 2022

Young Gig Makers Recipient Max Earnshaw will be playing this NZ Music Month.

Presenting Indie Rock.

We're stoked to bring you a few of NZ's hottest emerging Indie Rock acts this NZ Music Month, live at The Wintergarden. All ages!

This special, one-night-only gig will be bringing good times, great sounds, and a lineup of local talent that is not to be missed. Support the upcoming generation of music, get your tickets and get amongst it. Featuring Haven (Smokefree Rockquest 2019 finalists), Benjamin Mack (Parachute development artist) Max Earnshaw (featured on Radio Rock) and Keeley Shade (NZ-charting artist). 

Tickets from TicketMaster, early birds $15* & GA $20*.
A huge thanks to Auckland City of Music & Auckland live for their support.

This event will be live-streamed for those who can't make it to Auckland. This event is in line with NZ Music Month and Soundcheck Aotearoa.

Sat 14 May
Get tickets here

Celebrate NZ Music Month 2022

Auckland Live is thrilled to announce its 2022 line-up for May, in celebration of TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA | NZ Music Month and Auckland UNESCO City of Music. With a series of free and paid events, performances and exhibitions across the city centre, there will be something for all Aucklanders to help celebrate the music of Aotearoa New Zealand.

From Friday 6 May, Auckland Live highlights this year’s NZ Music Month theme - 'Level Up' - with a programme showcasing up-and-coming musicians, and a celebration of new artists making waves in the local music industry. Throughout the month, audiences can expect a range of music events and activations that will provide a platform for these emerging artists, while sharing their talent with the city. Information on the full lineup can be found on the Auckland Live website, with a snapshot of events below:

•Indie-pop trio KITA will treat audiences to their thick psychedelic grooves in Aotea Square at an unmissable, free outdoor concert on Fri 6 May. Synth-wizard ZUKE (The Black Seeds, Trinity Roots, Troy Kingi) will be shaking up the Square beforehand, and live visuals performer (VJ) and artist, Naomi Lamb from The Wanderer Productions (Splore, Rhythm & Vines), will bring dazzling, real-time imagery to accompany the music performances. The concert will include NZSL interpreters provided by Platform Interpreting NZ, with New Zealand Sign Language Week kicking off the following week. 

•For one night only, four of NZ’s hottest emerging indie artists perform at the iconic Wintergarden, The Civic on Sat 14 May as part of Young Gig Makers – Indie Rock in the Garden. Supported by Auckland City of Music, featuring Max Earnshaw, Haven, Keeley Shade, and Benjamin Mack, audiences will be treated to an evening of great vibes, local talent, and a chance to see ‘the next big thing’ in action. Tickets go on sale from 9am, Wed 27 April. 

•Founded in 2019, FromThePit 2022 Music Photography Exhibition is a free celebration of live music photography from some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most notable concert photographers. Kicking off on Wed 4 May, the exhibition will take place at venues across the city, including on the Auckland Live Digital Stage in Aotea Square every Wednesday – Friday between 12pm – 6.30pm until the end of the month.

•After enormous success last year, the Historical Music Venues Tour is back every Thursday and Sunday between 8 - 26 May. Hosted by author, historian, and music legend Gareth Shute (Audioculture), the free tours will take you on a brand-new journey from Karangahape Road down to Aotea Square, stopping at a number of quintessential music venues with rich histories along the way. Keep an eye out for more information on the Auckland Live website, because two of the tours will include NZSL interpreters provided by Platform Interpreting NZ, with exact dates to be confirmed soon. The tour can also be self-led through the Auckland Stories app on Apple Store or Google Play

•Towards the end of the month, New Zealand-based DJs will take the decks in front of the historic Auckland Town Hall for Sounds of Aotearoa. Playing sets with a heavy focus on Kiwi music, they will be providing a live soundbed for stunning digital projections on the Town Hall clock tower, designed by Creature Post. This free event will run for two nights only, on Fri 27 and Sat 28 May and is proudly brought to you by Auckland Council. 

•Auckland Live is proud to support NZ Music T-Shirt Day, returning on Fri 27 May. Music lovers are encouraged to wear their favourite Kiwi artists or bands merch to raise awareness and funds for MusicHelps, an incredible resource providing mental health and financial support for those in the industry. Three-dollar donations can be made by texting MUSIC to 2448. More information can be found on the NZ Music T-Shirt Day website

•A range of ticketed events will be held across Auckland Live and Auckland Stadium’s venues throughout May, including Lilypad featuring Bic Runga, The Veils, Nadia Reid and Arahi on Sunday, May 8. The much-loved Bruce Mason Centre monthly event, Auckland Live’s Morning Melodies returns on Mon 9 May, as well as a range of stunning classical music concerts at Auckland’s Town Hall

Audiences are key to the story of NZ Music, and Auckland Live is calling out for Aucklanders to share their memories or stories of New Zealand music. Share your story - it might even be shared with Auckland Live’s wider audiences, too!

Young Gig Makers Gig Announced // Odds and Ends (Koen Aldershof)

Odds & Ends are frothing to bring you their latest single “Something Else” and an oversized release party at the Tuning Fork! The new single is a genre blender and balances on a tightrope between indie-rock and alternative pop. This is our most “kiwi-sounding” song yet and we mixed and mastered this one completely remotely and completely DIY.

Their last single Picture reached some new milestones for the band, but unfortunately, its all-ages release show was cancelled due to another Covid lockdown. It did create an opportunity for the band to remotely finish their latest single, Something Else, and plan their biggest show yet. Odds & Ends will hit the stage at the iconic Tuning Fork in Tāmaki Makaurau to celebrate the release of their new single, an all-ages show with support from more locals Flaxxies, Borderline, and Coast Arcade.

April 23 2022
The Tuning Fork
Get tickets here

Young Gig Makers Gig Announced // Sam V

Rising 24 year old Auckland Artist and recipient of the Young Gig Makers Grant, Sam V is spearheading the new generation of R&B in NZ. A noted singer/songwriter, performer, choirmaster and director, Sam V has been working diligently to create platforms engraved within the kaupapa of elevating fellow young & ascending talent.

One of those platforms is Auckland based collective, Young & $lept On (Y$O).

In Tandem with Auckland City of Music (ACOM) and AucklandLive, Sam V is excited to announce Y$O’s first ever Southside Showcase, taking place at the featuring a host of rising and established talent such as Disciple Pati, Sonatane Kaufusi, JARNA, William Fepuleai, D Money the Don and Y$O.

Y$O Presents: Y$O Southside Showcase
Saturday 9th April
Mangere Arts Centre
Get tickets here

ACOM Quadriennial report released

17 February 2022

Auckland City of Music, a collaborative partnership between music sector leaders and Auckland Council has today released its four-year report [PDF] highlighting a substantial programme of work resulting in it being awarded the Best Global Music Office at the 2nd Annual Music Cities Awards 2021.

Auckland City of Music Director Mark Roach says it’s vital that Auckland supports our music sector now and continues to build a sustainable music industry for the future.

“We can be really proud of what the partnership has achieved, and we know the industry is extremely resilient, but the pandemic has really challenged artists and creatives. 

“We have to find new ways of addressing income loss and working collaboratively to create a sustainable industry.” 

Park, Arts, Community and Events Committee Deputy Chair Councillor Cathy Casey says Auckland being awarded Best Global Music Office is a recognition Tamaki Makaurau should be proud of.

“Having a thriving music industry has wider benefits like supporting the reinvigoration of tourism and creates a source of pride and inspiration for Aucklanders that reflects the culture and character of the city.

“Music is arguably the most accessible art form and one way that communities engage and participate in creative and cultural experiences.”

The report [PDF] highlights an impressive list of professional development programmes, initiatives and free events from songwriter workshops with music legends Bob Geldof and Mick Fleetwood, music heritage projects such as Songlines, youth participation via the Young Gig Makers scheme, support for the city’s grassroots venues, through to Equaliser, a programme designed to address gender equality as well as support Auckland’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

During the pandemic, the Music Office supported sector-led initiative MusicHelpsLive, to raise money for music workers in need by collaborating with other industry organisations. The appeal raised over $850,000 and assisted nearly 600 musicians and music workers with direct support for 18 grassroots music venues.

A new four-year strategy will be launched late-2022 which will look to build upon Auckland City of Music’s existing programme.

Auckland’s award for Best Global Music Office was contested by Music Victoria (Melbourne) and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music Arts & Culture and voted on by a jury of international judges. Auckland City of Music Director Mark Roach was also nominated for the Public Service Award for a Leading Music Cities Professional category at the Music Cities Awards 2021.

Tāmaki Makaurau was designated a UNESCO City of Music within the global UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in 2017. This was in recognition of the talent in the region and the critical role that music plays in our communities to connect and share Auckland’s unique identity with the world.

Read and download the four-year report here [PDF].

The Music Seeds Giveaway - Winners Announced

17 February 2022

The Music Seeds, with support from Auckland UNESCO City of Music and funding from the New Zealand Music Commission, would like to congratulate the winners of a nation-wide competition giving away Mindset and Well-being Coaching for Musicians and Artist Development program packages, valued at $1,820 each. 

The two lucky winners are; 
- Mohi Allen (artist name MOHI) 
- Sarah Foley (artist name BLAKE) 

These 26 week 1:1 online coaching program aim to bridge the gap between musicians and the industry by helping identify and establish specific achievable career goals while focusing on wellbeing and artist development. 

Each program is tailored to the musician and some of the main focuses of the program include; creating awareness of value, identifying and creating support systems, nurturing a growth mindset, understanding the importance of well-being, time management, productivity skills, unpacking limiting beliefs and negative mindset, understanding.

More information 

Venice Qin Gig

28 January 2022

With her signature style of acoustic and synth-pop mixed with resolute rock, soft, humming vocals and a towering, operatic voice, Venice has recently captured the attention of Lady Gaga and P!nk's sound and recording wizards.  “At 18 years old, Venice has a maturity and work ethic that draws parallels to many of the world’s top artists I have worked with over the last 20 years,” says Ratu Gordon, who has served as a head sound engineer for Lady Gaga’s Enigma Concerts. Her voice is a revelation, immensely powerful. This compelling combination makes her a force to be reckoned with. Venice recently headlined a sold out concert at Auckland's Civic Theatre.  Enticing the audience to come into her world of creativity, emotion and melody, this is a young woman who embraces life and passion in an infectious way.

Venice was a recipient of the Auckland City of Music Young Gig Makers Grant.

VENICE "Queen of the Night"
7:30pm, Thu 10 February, 2022
The Tuning Fork, Auckland
Get Tickets 

Music Cities Convention

28 January 2022

Join Mark Roach (Director | Auckland UNESCO City of Music) at the upcoming Alberta Music Cities Convention.

To be live streamed worldwide on 10-11 February 2022, from Calgary and Edmonton.

The event will explore the use and importance of music in the development of cities all around the world and will feature talks and presentations on topics such as global music city policies, economic development, health, technology, education and much more.

Find out more here.

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The Music Seeds Giveaway

28 January 2022

Auckland UNESCO City of Music is giving away 2 Mindset and Well-being Coaching for Musicians and Artist Development program packages, valued at $1,820 each.

These 26 week 1:1 coaching programs are run by Sonny Southon at The Music Seeds. They aim to bridge the gap between musicians and the industry by helping musicians establish good support systems that create good mental, emotional and physical well-being, as well as Artist Development.Each program is tailored to the musician and some of the main focuses of the program include; awareness of value, identifying and creating support systems, nurturing growth mindset, understanding the importance of well-being, time management skills, unpacking limiting beliefs, understanding challenges, achievable goal setting and creative feedback.

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Global Sequencer

9 December 2021

Hamamatsu in Japan, a City of Music in the UCCN are happy to advise that the Global Sequencer has been working in full force now. It is a project to aim connecting people across the world by sound under the difficult time of the Covid-19, in which we are not able to travel freely.

Yuri Suzuki, Sound Designer and Partner of Pentagram, U.K. is commissioned to have created this wonderful website. 

 The Global Sequencer is a participatory type of website. It can be used for free by anyone with an internet connection. It has two functions: the Playback Mode where you can post your own sound for 10 seconds max, and the Sequencer Mode where you can combine the posted sounds to create a one-shot unique sound, which can be shared in social media channels.

All users are welcome to contribute as many sounds as possible to our project. Your participation is the most essential to a success of the project.  

Please click to open the website and play: 

It’s simple to use it. Just in case, a guide link is here for your convenience. 

ACOM and Eke Panuku present 'Songlines' 

1 December 2021

Working in partnership, Auckland UNESCO City of Music (ACOM) and Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency, Eke Panuku Development Auckland, are pleased to be launching Songlines - a free interactive community exhibition celebrating the music of Tāmaki Makaurau in Takapuna next month.

At the heart of Songlines is a mixtape of a dozen songs, represented by record-shaped pavement decals, creating a trail of tunes throughout in the town centre. Each decal carries song lyrics from some of Tāmaki Makaurau’s most memorable tracks, plus a QR code that links audiences to the audio on Spotify.
The lyrics are also referenced in displays around the Takapuna town centre which provides the public with further information regarding the artist and song. A converted shipping container at 38 Hurstmere also serves as an exhibition space, featuring photos of Auckland musicians and/or venues curated by From the Pit. The large-scale photographic reproductions further showcase Tāmaki Makaurau’s puoro and the vital role that photography plays in preserving out musical heritage and telling our stories, as well as offering a fun backdrop for music fans’ summer selfies.
This Project is about bringing people and communities together, as well as filling Aucklanders with civic pride. Songlines provides the opportunity to introduce people to both older and newer tracks they may not have heard before and take them on a musical journey through our city’s soundtrack.

The Songlines project gives us an opportunity to not only remunerate local writers for the reproduction of their lyrics, but to feature new and emerging talent from the city. Two of the decals were reserved for the winners of the Play It Strange secondary school songwriting competitions which enables the project to promote both the songwriters and the work of the songwriting charity.

Enjoy Songlines free in Takapuna town centre from 4 December 2021 until 12 January 2022.

Not able to see Songlines in person? View the featured artists  here.

Music Cities Award Winner 2021

15 November 2021

Auckland UNESCO City of Music is celebrating being named as the Best Global Music Office at the Music Cities Awards 2021.

250 global music cities professionals attended the 2nd edition of the Music Cities Awards Ceremony last week (9 November). Held as a fully virtual event featuring 30 award nominees from countries spanning New Zealand to Canada and from South Africa to Denmark, the Ceremony comprised ten talks, one for each award category, with the award winner announced at the end of each discussion.

Our office serves as a whare that connects our music ecosystem and we are honoured to have been recognised for this work by international peers on a global stage.

Projects such as Equaliser, Young Gig Makers, the Aotearoa Music Photography Award and supporting From The Pit, Sync-Posium, Young At Art and Our Venues are examples of the Auckland Music Strategy in action.

Read more about the awards here.

49th Auckland Folk Festival


The 49th Auckland Folk Festival returns in January 2022 with a diverse, talented and eclectic lineup of artists from Aotearoa. 

The three-day celebration takes place in January over Auckland Anniversary Weekend (Fri 28th Jan - Mon 31st Jan), welcoming in 2022 with a proudly homegrown lineup!  Auckland Folk Festival arrives at Kumeu Showgrounds for its annual festival, bringing together a unique line up of NZ’s best to celebrate, sing and dance, for three days of frivolity!  The Festival, renowned for being a unique, all inclusive celebration, with a genre-bending ‘folk’ music lineup, is ecstatic to be presenting a much needed, safe, 49th Festival this summer. With the big 50th, beckoning in 2023, its time to get the celebrations underway!!

Spread across its six stages will be French for Rabbits, Wheel of Experience, Luke Thompson, Kerryn Fields, We Mavericks (aus), Ida Lune, O & The Mo and The Swan Sisters to name a few and with more to be announced. 

Tickets are on sale now via Eventfinda. Early bird tickets close December 31st. 
Festival timetable released Jan 2022.

Music Cities Awards

18 October 2021

Celebrating our nomination in the Music Cities Awards 2021

Auckland UNESCO City of Music (ACOM) is a finalist for the Music Cities Awards! We’re up for Best Global Music Office, as well as our Director Mark Roach, being a finalist for Public Service Award for a Leading Music Cities Advocate.

The awards will acknowledge and reward the most outstanding applications of music for economic, social and cultural development in cities and places all around the world. They aim to promote best practice and demonstrate the value of music to the world and this is something we're passionate about driving forward in Tāmaki Makaurau.

We are proud to be included in the list of nominees for this award and grateful that Mark has been acknowledged for his continuous work to improve our city through music.

The awards Ceremony will be taking place virtually on 9th November and will feature a 25-minute panel discussion for each award, with the live winner announcement at the end of the talk. 

For more information on all nominees and on the live Ceremony, please visit Music Cities Awards website