Bret McKenzie & the Beths Announced for Going Global Music Summit

August 29th 2023
Going Global™ Music Summit 2023 confirm new speakers including Bret McKenzie & The Beths.

The highly-anticipated Going Global™ Music Summit is back and scheduled for Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.


Now in its 12th year, this unique yearly event brings in key figures from the international music industry to create an unparalleled educational and networking platform for New Zealand's musicians and industry professionals. The speakers will also experience 21 of Aoteraoa’s finest artists playing across the two nights in central Auckland venues; details below, at Going Global Presents.



Friday 1st  September  / Saturday 2nd September

Roundhead Studios, Auckland, New Zealand -

Tickets on sale now from Eventbrite here: 





Special Announcement: Saturday's Exclusive Seminars


Saturday September 2nd, 10:00 am the summit kicks off with a bang:


A Conversation with Bret McKenzie (Artist, Songwriter, Flight Of The Conchords) and Tony Kiewel (Sub Pop):


Bret McKenzie, a multi-award-winning artist, joins Tony Kiewel of Sub Pop Records for an illuminating discussion as they delve into the riveting journey of one of New Zealand's most iconic musical acts and their long-standing relationship with Sub Pop Records. Sarah Thomson from NZ On Air guides this conversation.


Followed at 10:50 am by an Artist Keynote Interview: Liz Stokes & Jonathan Pearce from The Beths:


Freshly home for a fleeting visit after supporting The National on eight dates of their US tour, The Beths are currently Aotearoa’s biggest and most humble music export. Promoting their third album Expert In A Dying Field, The Beths sold over 20,000 tickets on their own American tour earlier this year, including selling-out the 1,800 capacity Brooklyn Steel in New York. In the past six months alone, they’ve played all three Primavera Festivals in Spain and Portugal, Leeds in the ParkLatitudeBonarooNewport Folk Festival, an NPR Tiny Desk and their upcoming shows supporting Death Cab For Cutie & The Postal Service will sell over 100,000 tickets. So – how do you go from Whammy Bar to Barack Obama’s Summer Playlist in five years? Hear Liz and Jonathan talk about the whirlwind times and hard work behind the scenes building an international touring act.


The full list of panel sessions is now available on the Going Global App available for all Going Global ticket holders! 


More International Speakers Added:


As if the speaker lineup wasn't already stellar, IMNZ is thrilled to introduce new international luminaries who are set to share their invaluable knowledge and expertise:

Bookers; Steve Zapp - ITB (UK): Delve into the world of booking with insights from this renowned booking agent. From across the ditch, Vaughan Quinn of Meredith & Golden Plains Festivals (AU).


Platforms: Nathan Wood - TikTok SoundOn (AU): Explore the power of platforms with Nathan, a driving force behind TikTok's music initiatives.


Music Services: Blake Rayner - The Orchard (AU) and Henry Compton - FUGA (AU): Navigate the world of music services and distribution with these industry powerhouses and Glenn Dickie - Sounds Australia (AU): Learn about international market development and artist showcases from the expert.


The confirmed international speakers include:



  1. Adam Ryan - Head of Music, The Great Escape Festival / Festival Republic, UK
  2. Patrick Daniel - Programmer / Project Manager, Reeperbahn Festival, GERMANY
  3. Vaughan Quinn - Head of Programming, Meredith & Golden Plains, AU
  4. Steve Zapp - ITB (UK)


Management / Artist:

  1. Tom Larkin - BIGSOUND / The Home Surgery / Shihad, NZ/AU


Marketing / PR: 

  1. Jacob Daneman - Pitch Perfect PR, USA
  2. Kodi McKinney - Partner, Co-Founder, Marauder / Port Authority Music Export Academy, USA


Music Supervisor / Sync:

  1. Jackie Palazzolo - Music Supervisor, Riot Games, USA



  1. Nathan Wood - TikTok SoundOn, AU



  1. Kate English - Promoter, Parallel Lines, UK
  2. Silke Westera - Promoter, FKP Scorpio, GERMANY


Labels &  Label Services

  1. Hallie Anderson - Founder, Rareform, USA
  2. Maria Amato - Australian Independent Record Labels Assc (AIR), AU
  3. Nando Machado - Founder/Director, ForMusic, Brazil
  4. Sweetie Zamora - Head Of Labels & Promotions, Remote Control, AU
  5. Tony Kiewel - President, Sub Pop Records, USA
  6. Blake Rayner - The Orchard, AU
  7. Henry Compton - FUGA, AU
  8. Glenn Dickie - Sounds Australia, AU

Due to unforeseen circumstances, previously announced speaker, Dev Sherlock - Senior Music Programmer, SXSW, USA can no longer attend.


There will also be a strong representation from across the NZ Music Industry, including NZ Music Commission, IMNZ, Māori Music Industry Coalition, APRA AMCOS, Music Helps, Soundcheck Aotearoa, Recorded Music and many local businesses serving the local music community.

Each speaker brings a unique perspective and invaluable knowledge gained from years of experience in the global music scene. Covering topics from the advance of A.I. to how to make the most of the latest social media trends, and international tour planning to music sync licensing, their expertise will empower local musicians and industry professionals to strengthen their presence in the international music landscape.


Going Global 2023 Programme

"We are incredibly excited to host such a diverse and accomplished lineup of international speakers for the Going Global Music Summit," said Pippa Ryan-Kidd, Chairperson at IMNZ. “As results show from past Going Global conferences, their insights and experiences will undoubtedly inspire and equip our local talent with the tools they need to succeed on the global stage. We are also very excited they will get to witness 21 incredible Kiwi bands showcasing at Going Global Presents across the two nights.”


The "Going Global" Summit represents an unparalleled opportunity for New Zealand's music community to connect, collaborate, and grow in an increasingly interconnected world. It is an event not to be missed by anyone looking to expand their career and make waves on the international music scene.

For more information about the event, including the full speaker lineup and registration details, please visit

Going Global Music Summit TICKETS HERE

IMNZ member discounts available


About Going Global™ Music Summit:


Going Global™ is New Zealand's premier music showcase, providing a stage for the country's most promising and exciting musical talents. It facilitates connections between local artists and international industry influencers, fostering growth, collaboration, and discovery in the world of music. For more information, visit

Going Global™ is presented by Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) in partnership with the NZ Music Commission and is supported by MerlinNZ On AirAPRA AMCOSRecorded Music NZBritish Council New Zealand and the Pacific and is a proud supporter of Keychange (a global network and movement working towards a total restructuring of the music industry in reaching full gender equality). 

Friday 1st September  &  Saturday 2nd September
Doors Open - 6.30 pm doors / End Time 10.30 pm approx
- Whammy, Wine Cellar, Whammy Backroom - 
Auckland's K' Road

Picture this: three stages set ablaze by a relentless onslaught of exhilarating 20-minute sets that will leave you breathless, begging for more. And the best part? All this auditory ecstasy can be yours for the tiny ticket price of just $30 for both nights - or $20 for each night!

2023 Showcasing Artists; Anthonie Tonnon, Blake, Ch! Nonso, Clementine Valentine, D.C. Maxwell, Dawn Diver, Elliot & Vincent, Grecco Romank, KITA, Luke THompson, MACEY, Mazbou Q, Mel Parsons, MOHI, Park Rd, Ringlets, Soft Plastics, Summer Thieves, Tom Lark, Vera Ellen, YAHYAH


To purchase tickets, visit:

Night One $20 (and $30 Weekender tickets available here):
Night Two $20: 




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ABOUT: Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ)


Established in 2001, IMNZ is committed to fostering the independent recording sector of the New Zealand Music Industry, championing the unique musical voice of Aotearoa both locally and internationally. At the heart of IMNZ's objectives is the strengthening of the commercial infrastructure that backs this sector. This involves bolstering business systems, resources, and connections while advocating for beneficial policies to ensure its commercial viability.

IMNZ prioritises the welfare of New Zealand's musicians and professionals, offering educational programs like the Going Local and Going Global seminars. They champion the Music Helps initiative, work closely with government and cultural entities, and spotlight Independent labels and New Zealand's distinctive sound through events such as the Taite Music Prize and the annual Going Global Music Summit and Showcases.

As a member of the Worldwide International Network (WIN), IMNZ collaborates with global counterparts representing numerous independent music companies, reinforcing their advocacy for the values and interests of the New Zealand independent sector.



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