Auckland Seminar Summit Programme - 29 May

May 18th 2010
The inaugural one day NZ Music Month Summit is a rare opportunity for bands, managers, self managed artists or anyone with an interest in music, to attend a series of seminars where they can meet and interact with industry leaders from all areas of the Music Industry.

Saturday 29 May 2010

10:00am - 5:00pm

Auckland Museum, Atrium Entrance

With experienced executives from record companies, music festivals, radio, television and publishers teamed with prestigious songwriters and international guests, this seminar series is an essential date on your NZ Music Month calendar if you are serious about your music career.

Entry to this event is open to the public and free.  To rsvp for any or all of the sessions at the Auckland Seminar Summit, please email with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Which seminar you'd like to attend - or if you'd like to attend all


The programme for the day is:

10am - 11.00am


A&R Executives from both the major record labels and the Independent labels and distributors discuss the New Zealand local music scene and give out some tips on what they look for when signing bands


Scott Maclachlan Universal Music
Rodney Hewson Sony Music
Ben Howe IMNZ and Arch Hill
Peter Baker Rhythmethod

11.15am - 12.15pm

MUSIC FESTIVALS sponsored by NZ Music Managers Forum

Would this be the first time all the bookers from some of New Zealands top Music Festivals have been in one room? Where they will discuss how they choose local bands for their festivals and give pointers on how bands can attract their attention.


Barry Blackler Big Day Out
Hamish Pinkham Rhythm & Vines
Mark Wright Homegrown and Coromandel Gold
Ben Howe Laneways

12.45pm - 1.45pm


Up and coming talented songwriter Lindon Puffin interviews Dave Dobbyn on stage about his career as a songwriter and gets him to give tips on how he writes those massive radio hits. A must for all songwriters!


Lindon Puffin
Dave Dobbyn

2.00pm - 3.00pm

MUSIC TV - sponsored by NZ on Air

Radio and Music TV programmers discuss the world of commercial radio and Music TV and give pointers on what they look for when programming songs and videos


Ross Flahive - The Edge
Tania Dean - NZ on Air
Matt Barthlow - C4TV

3.15 - 4.45pm

HOW TO GET HEARD IN THE UK - sponsored by Outward Sound

A rare opportunity to listen to UK experts offer advice about the UK Market


Flash Taylor - A&R Manager Sony/ATV UK
Ande MacPherson - ex Station Manager of XFM, GM of George FM
Victoria Blood - ex BMG UK, ex manager Steps, current manager for Gin Wigmore


About the Speakers

Flash Taylor - A&R Manager Sony/ATV UK
Flash has been at Sony ATV Publishing for 7 years. In that time he has worked with an amazing and broad roster of writers including James Morrison (the British one, not the Australian one), The Ting Tings and Razorlight. Working with such writers gives Flash a unique inside perspective on the creative process across most popular music.

Ande MacPherson - ex Station Manager of XFM, General Manager of George FM and Kiwi FM
Ande got into radio early & was an announcer at 89X Auckland and ZM Wellington before stepping into management with the launch of the model defying The Heat in Wellington. After a successful couple of years he headed to Europe for a quick OE and ended up staying 13 years and running 3 of the UK's most successful radio brands including Galaxy (dance network), Century FM (AC network) and latterly Xfm (new music format). While at all 3 the brands they achieved their best ever listener numbers & collected the prestigious Commercial Radio Programmer of the Year award. Ande was tempted back to NZ by MediaWorks Radio early in 2009 as Group Interactive Director and is currrently General Manager of George FM & Kiwi FM as well.

Vicky Blood - Blood Management Group
Vicky Blood worked in the UK music industry for 25 years. She was Head of Marketing at BMG during most of the 1990s where she worked with artists as diverse as Annie Lennox, Take That and the uber-hip dance label deConstruction.. In 1997 Vicky formed the pop management and production company, Byrne Blood with Tim Byrne (now Creative Director for Simon Cowell's Syco label) who produced and managed the UK's top pop group of the era, Steps, who went on to sell over 12m records. Byrne Blood also looked after A1 (5m records) and created or consulted on several kids/pop TV series on UK TV. Between Steps and A1 the company notched up 4 UK number one singles and over 20 top 20 UK hits. ‘Retiring' to NZ in 2005, Vicky stumbled across a young Kiwi singer-songwriter called Gin Wigmore, who she has managed since.

Scott Maclachlan - Universal Music

Scott Maclachlan is A&R Director and Head of Business Development at Universal Music NZ.
He worked in the UK music industry for 16 years before coming to NZ, and has been involved in the development of artists as varied as Groove Armada, Sharleen Spiteri, Gin Wigmore and Basement Jaxx.
He thinks he is too old for this shit, but is unqualified for anything else. He also loves NZ.

Rodney Hewson - Sony Music
Rodney Hewson is Director of Local Artist Marketing and New Business Development at Sony Music NZ.
He has been working in the music industry for 20 years in artist management, record company sales, promotions, label management, strategic marketing and presently A&R/artist marketing and new business development. He has been involved in the promotions and development of artists such as Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Che Fu, Brooke Fraser and is presently working on the development of two new artists to the Sony roster, Seth Haapu and Annah Mac. It's hard to get sick of this job.

Ben Howe - IMNZ and Arch Hill
Arch Hill Recordings, the label, was born out of a studio called Arch Hill Studios, based on Auckland New Zealand's Great North Rd. In late 1998 a bunch of musicians who had all had previous connections with one another were all recording at the studio. Ben Howe was not only in Arch Hill band Superette but has help grow the label to sign icons such as David Kilgour, Don McGlashan, The Clean and Luke Buda as well as up and coming artists like Surf City, The Haints of Dean Hall, Grand Prix, Punches, Bachelorette and White Swan Black Swan..
In 2006 Ben also started working with international bands through the touring company Mystery Girl Presents , bringing out artists such as Pavement, Animal Collective, Sonic Youth, Calexico, Fleet Foxes, Stereolab, Spiritualized, Jolie Holland, Joanna Newsom, Iron & Wine, Catpower, Kelley Stoltz, Andrew Bird, Interpol, Jose Gonzalez, Tilly and the Wall, Ween, The Handsome Family, Trans Am, The Lemonheads, M.Ward and more... Ben is also a partner in St. Jeromes Laneway Festival Auckland and is responsible for booking bands for this event.

Peter Baker - Rhythmethod
Peter Baker has been working in the music industry for nearly 20 years and is the founder of Rhythmethod. Over the past 8 years Rhythmethod has become NZ's top performing local independent distributor, working with an amazing collection of local labels & artists, including Arch Hill Recordings, Fat Freddys Drop, Shapeshifter, Op Shop, Cornerstone Roots, Little Bushman to name a few, plus exclusive representation of some of the worlds finest independent labels, XL, 4AD, Subpop, Tru Thought, Fabric, Matador and many more..

Hamish Pinkham - Rhythm & Vines
Hamish Pinkham is the founder and program director of Rhythm and Vines Music Festival . Having started the concept while at University in Otago as a 'party for friends that my band can play at', the festival has seen considerable growth in the last 7 years, going from a 1,800 gathering of mates to now catering for 20,000 revellers over three days. The festival has featured international acts such as Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy and Moby, and last year was voted one of the top 5 placed to bring in the New Year by the Guardian in London. Hamish also founded and ran the Endeavour concert series events in London, featuring the likes Ladyhawke, Kora and the Checks playing to sold out crowds at the famous KOKO theatre. A qualified lawyer and musician himself with his own band Blackbird, Hamish is passionate about the development of NZ music both at home and abroad.

Mark Wright - Homegrown and Coromandel Gold
After working in marketing and sales and then venturing into the world of advertising agencies for a couple of years Mark took his passion for actions sports a dove head first and a little blindly into event management. Vodafone X*Air was born and over a nine year period evolved into the southern hemisphere's largest action sports event. Amongst the freestyle Moto-x, skating, BMX and wakeboarding a passion for Kiwi music also evolved into the concept for the Homegrown festival. In 2008 and after a few years of convincing people it was a good idea, the inaugural Homegrown festival was held in Wellington to a sell out crowd, the event has continued to sell out and continued to showcase the best of Kiwi music. In 2009 a partnership with Peter Campbell saw the first Coromandel Gold even held in Whitianga on New Year's Eve. Also a sell out, Coro Gold was a boomer and is set to become a regular fixture.

Barry Blackler - Big Day Out
Barry Blackler has managed among others, The Exponents, Stellar*, Breathe,King Kapisi, Cairo Knife Fight. And as a Concert promoter has toured Arctic Monkeys, Violent Femmes, Groove Armada, The Veils. Barry is artist liaison for Big Day Out, Laneways, Blues Festival.

Lindon Puffin - Artist
Rockabilly raconteur Lindon Puffin is known for his quirky, heartfelt songs and quick-witted humour. He has supported his heroes Billy Bragg and Jack Black (Tenacious D), and his epic road movie Figure 8000 screened numerous times on Sky's Doco Channel & C4TV.

Dave Dobbyn - Artist
Dave Dobbyn is one of New Zealand's most renowned and treasured musicians, with a career that has spanned 30 years and a string of hits including ‘Be Mine Tonight', ‘Beside You', ‘Welcome Home', ‘Slice of Heaven' and ‘Loyal' . He holds the record for the most Silver Scroll awards for song-writing and it is often said that he has written the soundtrack to kiwi lives.

Last year he looked back at his career with ‘Beside You: 30 years of Hits', together with a companion songbook.

Ross Flahive - The Edge
Ross is the Assistant Programme Director at The Edge Network. He started radio during his last year at high school in Hamilton in 1998. Among various radio jobs, he has also worked as Music Programmer for C4 and Promotions Manager for Sony Music

Tania Dean - NZ on Air
Tania was Publicity & Promotions Co-ordinator at Sony Music for four of her five years there, closely involved with international stars and multi-platinum selling local artists such as Bic Runga, Brooke Fraser and Che Fu. Working for the NZ On Air promotions team since 2005, Tania tirelessly champions artist releases to all Metro and Networked radio and television stations in Auckland, and is also involved in the New Recording Artist scheme.

Matt Barthow - C4TV
After completing a Bachelor of Communication Studies at AUT (Radio Major), Matt got the role of Music & Schedules co-ordinator at C4 where he has been for the past 3 years.






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