In collaboration with Auckland Live we are thrilled to be launching the inaugural Young Gig Makers Grant. An initiative set to support young and aspiring music event organisers and musicians with a micro-grant of cash plus in-kind technical support and equipment to present an all-ages concert or music performance in the Auckland region. 

 Auckland UNESCO City of Music is grateful for the generous support and contribution made by Auckland Live to make this opportunity available.

How does it work?

12 Winners

In collaboration with Auckland Live, we're proud to annouce 12 young people (aged 16-25) will receive a grant to create their own all-ages music gic in the Auckland region. Due to the great applications received, this is two more than we had planned on awarding! 

Each grant is for $500 cash, plus in-kind technical support from Auckland Live (valued at $2,500 per grant). The total grant fund is $5,000 (Plus $25,000 in-kind technical support from Auckland Live)

How will applicants be selected?

Auckland-born classical musician Tony Yan Tong Chen is the most recent winner of the New Zealand National Piano Competition, and is preparing for the launch of his first piano solo album. Taking a gap year (due to covid) from his studies at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, he has concertised throughout New Zealand, most notably as a Young Artist of the Wakatipu and Akaroa Music Festivals, and concerto soloist with the Bach Musica and Nelson Symphony orchestras.

He has also studied with distinguished artists throughout Europe, and concertised at prominent venues in Switzerland, Spain, and Canada. His comprehensive skill set also includes formal training and performing experience on the violin, trumpet, french horn, and harpsichord.

Tony organised three performances for TrioZeus in July 21.

Venice Qin

 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 "Queen of the Night"
6:30pm, Sat 28 August, 2021
The Tuning Fork, Auckland
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Lara Marie

Lara Marie, 18, is an Auckland based independent event promoter and tour manager specialising in All Ages events. Getting her start through Auckland Live’s IGNITE programme in 2018, Lara has since toured and worked with the likes of Elemeno P, The Feelers and Skinny Hobos. She has her sights set on supporting the resurgence of a healthy and thriving All Ages music scene and believes there is a lot to gain from providing safe spaces for young people to express themselves. The UNESCO gig-makers grant will be of great help for Lara – “The biggest hurdle when hosting All Ages events is definitely funding; Our venue options are often limited, expensive, and not set-up for shows.” Lara will be hosting her show at Grey Lynn Library hall in November.

Kiera Sumner

Kiera Sumner, a 17 year old from Auckland. From age 14 she has had a huge drive and connection to creating charity concerts. This sparked a passion towards the live events industry which led her to get involved and connected to many within the industry. Alongside some incredible people, Kiera and other artists created Grounded Sounds, for Music Helps. Kiera is incredibly grateful to have gained the opportunity to create Fusion Sounds. Kiera would like to thank Auckland City of Music for allowing young people to gain such experiences and hands on knowledge. 

Kiera talks to George FM about her upcoming gig.
Listen here.

Fusion Sounds
6:30pm, Sat 21 August, 2021
The Tuning Fork, Auckland
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Charlotte Jackson

Taking inspiration from artists such as Clairo and Mallrat, Char combines soft, intimate lyrics and vocals that drip with emotion to create songs about heartbreak, love and life in an indie style.

Solomon Woods (Parkdale)

Parkdale is a small band based in NZ, Auckland. William the drummer and Solomon (Solless on spotify) being the lead vocalist and lead guitarist. The band formed in November of 2020 and have been playing since then. William had started a band called Winter's Bloom with his two friends Alex and Ronan. In late November, Solomon was asked to be the lead vocalist and guitarist. Soon Alex and Ronan had left the band and it was and still is Solomon and Will. The name Parkdale came from the name of Williams street because that's where they practice. Since then Parkdale has played in places such as Flying Out Records and Anthology Lounge. Music inspired from artists like The Backseat Lovers and Arctic Monkeys. They identify to be part of the indie alternative acoustic genre.

Koen Aldershof

Samuel J Verlinden Y$O

Max Earnshaw

Luca García Ferrari

John-Paul Foliaki

Alexis Rowe, Leon Seufert + Rosaleigh Roberts