Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) Announces the Return of the GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT

July 20th 2017
Representatives from legendary label 4AD, influential publication Billboard Magazine and hugely successful artist platform Bandcamp are announced as the first of 26 international guests.

Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) is excited to announce the highly anticipated return of the annual GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT, taking place at Roundhead Studios in Auckland on the
1st & 2nd September 2017. Attending will be representatives from the USA’s trusted music stalwart Billboard, direct-to-fan changemakers Bandcamp, and A&R from highly-revered indie record label 4AD with many more still to be announced.



Friday 1st September / Saturday 2nd September
 - Roundhead Studios, Auckland, New Zealand - 
Tickets Now Available:

Performing Artist applications are now open
Application deadline is 12:00pm, Tuesday, August 1st 2017.


Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) General Manager, Dylan Pellett, is thrilled to share the first three of many international speakers attending the summit: “We are building another great line-up of speakers for this year’s GOING GLOBAL. I’ve met with many of those heading to New Zealand and they are really interested in what we might have in our drinking water here in the South Pacific – with all the recent global attention being paid to our artists, it has them all wondering!”

With over 15 million social media followers, 6.5 million mobile and 10.5 million digital visitors, Billboard remains the go-to source of the powerful U.S. music industry, as it has been for 123 years. A Billboard Magazine journalist for more than a decade, International Correspondent Lars Brandle has been closely involved in music and writing since the early ‘90s and has a wealth of knowledge and stories to share. 

As a returning speaker, Lars is looking forward to the September weekend: "Going Global is a terrific conference and a first-rate experience. It’s an opportunity for the international music community to share knowledge and meet with some whip-smart local entrepreneurs and artists. With Lorde recently hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, there’s never been more interest in the Kiwi music community. I can’t wait to see the next big thing."

Bandcamp is a direct-to-fan music streaming and purchasing platform that to date has made artists $228 million - $5.3 million in the last 30 days alone. Andrew Jervis, Chief Curator at Bandcamp, oversees label and artist outreach. He selects music from around the world and will be keeping his eyes peeled at the seminars and showcases for up-and-coming talent.

Originating in 1980, 4AD is a highly regarded British independent record label renowned for its ground-breaking signings, including Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, The Pixies, The Breeders, The National and more recently NZ’s Aldous Harding (one of our Going Global alumni). When she was 14 years old, 4AD’s Director of A&R, Jane Abernethy, was certain that working for a record label was in her future. A few years later, as a scout she brought Bon Iver to 4AD, and her current signings include Grimes, The Lemon Twigs, & Pixx.

GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2017 moves into its sixth year and continues to provide invaluable global business opportunities for the New Zealand music community: artist showcases to key music industry representatives, upskilling seminars discussing the latest trends, and advice and anecdotes from international professionals via panel discussions and one-on-one meetings. This year’s conference will take place across the Roundhead Studioscomplex, in Newton, Auckland. Roundhead is an artist-focused location with internationally recognised creative credentials and ambience. It’s simply the perfect spot to discuss music.

Dunedin musician Kane Strang is a recent Going Global success story with his 2015 showcase being a deal-sealer for U.S. record label, Dead Oceans (Mitski, Marlon Williams, Slowdive). Head honcho Phil Waldorf says, “I was a huge fan of Kane’s music when I travelled to New Zealand for Going Global…It’s one thing to like a few songs you’ve heard on Bandcamp or Soundcloud, it’s another to see it live. It was an inspired, invigorating performance, and confirmed what I already loved in the recordings. We had to work with him.” Kane Strang released his sophomore album in June this year on globally-distributed Dead Oceans and has toured the U.S., U.K. and Europe, and will be re-embarking on another overseas tour in the coming months.

Going Global Music Summit 2017 is a rare opportunity for any local artist, manager, publicist, A&R, producer, music writer, record label and venue manager to connect with international booking agents, synch licensors, international media, PR experts, artist managers with international experience and those working for the fast-moving live and digital music platforms.


Going Global Music Summit is a boutique music conference proudly presented by Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ).  Established in 2011, this two-day music event has grown to become the largest gathering of the international music industry in New Zealand each year.
Going Global annually hosts some of the best music innovators and music influencers from around the world for seminars, workshops, networking sessions and artist showcase performances.   Previous Showcasing Artists include Aldous Harding, Tami Neilson, Tiny Ruins, Anthonie Tonnon, Kane Strang, Sachi, Fazerdaze and Nadia Reid.
The Going Global Music Summit is produced by IMNZ in partnership with NZ Music Commission.  Going Global is supported by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) with additional assistance from APRA AMCOS, NZ On Air and a Recorded Music NZ Music Grant.

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