The NZ Music Managers Forum and the NZ Music Commission with support from Recorded Music NZ, APRA AMCOS and NZ On Air have announced the return of the Official Music Month Summit on Saturday May 28th.

This year’s Music Month Summit delves deeper into the Music Industry and throws the spotlight on management, labels, touring, radio and royalties.  

Following the success of last year’s new format of intimate master class discussion groups, the Summit will again offer the environment and the time to ask the questions that matter to you as well as the opportunity to meet some of New Zealand’s Music Industry professionals.   

The Summit is a FREE day of seminars where attendees will be broken up into 5 groups and rotated through each 40 minute session as detailed below. The Summit is open to all, but spaces are limited – please RSVP to to secure your place. 

The Official 2016 NZ Music Month Summit
SkyCity Convention Centre, Marlborough Rooms, Federal St, Auckland

Saturday May 28th - 10am to 3pm 


Spaces Limited. RSVP essential

SESSION ONE – Understanding Music Management - sponsored by Music Managers Forum

What does a Music Manager do? How much do they charge? When should you look for a manager? How do you find a manager? How do you know if they will be good? What does a manager look for in a band? All these questions and more will be answered by some of NZ’s top Music Managers 

Scott Maclachlan, Saiko Management – Sol3 Mio, Leisure, Thomston
Lorraine Barry , Lorraine Barry Management – Dave Dobbyn, nomad, Terrible Sons, Mark Vanilau

Simon Banks, SB Global Management – KT Tunstall

SESSION TWO – Understanding Record Labels - sponsored by Recorded Music NZ

Your band really wants to get a record deal but how do the record labels differ and how do you get a deal? What do labels or distributors look in a band? How do the deals differ? Do you even need a record label in today’s digital world?  A representative from a Major Label and a Major Distributor can help you find out.

Peter Baker General Manager Rhythmethod/DRM NZ– Adele, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Devilskin, Black Seeds, The National, Anika Moa, Kora

Kim Boshier General Manager  Sony Music NZ

  SESSION THREE – Understanding Touring and Festivals - sponsored by NZ Music Commission

You have done a few gigs at the local pub and drawn a great crowd. So now you want to tour. Should you do your own tour and how do you do that? Or would it be better to get the key support on a big bands national tour but how do you do that? How do you get on the bill of one of the summer festivals? What does a booking agent do and how does your band get on their books? Two of NZ’s top booking agents will let you know. 

Dave Munro, Brent Eccles Entertainment – Marlon Williams, Avalanche City, Ladyhawke, Tami Neilson, Villainy, Sol3 Mio, Lorde
Jaz Kapow, Twice The Hype – Electric Wire Hustle, Laughton Kora, Bailey Wiley, The Peacekeepers, Aroha, Sorceress

SESSION FOUR – Understanding Royalties and Mechanicals - sponsored by APRA AMCOS

Did your eyes just glaze over? Then this is the session for you!  These are very important ways you will make money as an artist and you definitely need to understand the hows and the whys.  Questions like - How do you divide up the songwriting share of a song? How your royalties are collected from retail, café and concerts? How it works when your songs are on adverts or TV shows? What exactly is publishing? 

Victoria Kelly Manager, Member Services - APRA AMCOS

Greer Davies Deputy Director - One Music

SESSION FIVE – Understanding Radio and Streaming - sponsored by NZ On Air

You have this great song and it’s a hit! How do you get it on radio? What radio should you be targetting? Is radio even relevant anymore and should you just try and get it on New Music Friday and other playlists on Spotify? Do I need a radio plugger to do any of this?  How can NZ On Air help me?


David Ridler  Head of Music - NZ On Air

Jeff Newton Broadcast Promotions Executive - NZ On Air