Music Managers Awards 2018 - Nominations Are Open

January 22nd 2018
The New Zealand Music Managers Forum in association with NZ Music Commission and Recorded Music NZ are proud to present the 2018 Music Managers Awards

The New Zealand Music Managers Forum is pleased to announce that nominations for this years  Music Managers Awards are now open!  

The Music Managers Awards is considered one of the key nights in the New Zealand music industry calendar when managers, industry professionals and artists come together to celebrate the work of the music manager. Now in its 14th year, the awards are a reminder of all the hard work that takes place out of view of the public to launch and maintain an artists career. 

In 2018 the following categories are now open for nomination:   

  • Recorded Music NZ Manager of the Year 
  • Breakthrough Manager of the Year  
  • Self-Managed Artist of the Year  
  • Emerging Manager of the Year
  • NZ Music Commission International Achievement 
  • Best Independent Tour  
  • Best Small Venue  
  • Best Large Venue   
  • NZ Music Managers Forum Industry Champion

In 2017 Alastair Burns was awarded the prestigious Recorded Music NZ ‘Manager of the Year' award for his work with Marlon Williams and Julia Jacklin. The New Zealand Music Commission ‘International Achievement’ award was given to Julie Foa’i for her work with Te Vaka who was hired by Walt Disney for the Moana movie soundtrack. In 2017 a new award called ‘Emerging Manager’ was introduced for those who had just started managing in the last two years. This award was won by Nicole Thomas and Paula Yeoman for their work with the artist Theia.  

The New Zealand MMF is the collective voice for music managers and self-managed artists. The MMF is a non-profit trade association dedicated to helping grow artist manager businesses through education, networking, and advocacy. The ultimate aim of the MMF is to improve music managers’ capacity to support the careers of the artists they represent.  For details and instructions on how to make a nomination for the MMF Managers Awards 2018, as well as the terms and conditions, please click here (  Anyone can nominate managers they believe are worthy of recognition for their hard work. 


Key dates:  

Nominations opened 22nd January 

Nominations close 19th February 

Finalists announced 12th April  

SAVE THE DATE: The MMF Music Awards Ceremony will be held at The Tuning Fork Wednesday 9th May 2018.


The MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM NZ is the collective voice for music managers and self-managed artists. We are a non-profit trade association dedicated to helping grow artist manager businesses through education, networking and advocacy.  The MMF NZ is part of International Music Managers’ Forum (IMMF), a worldwide community of music managers, with active organisations in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Poland, United States, Australia, South Africa, Belgium, Italy and Ireland. 
THE NEW ZEALAND MUSIC COMMISSION is a non-profit government organisation that promotes music from New Zealand and supports the growth of NZ owned music businesses. Music Commission initiatives include NZ Music Month, domestic upskilling projects, the Musicians and Bands Mentoring in Schools Programmes and the music export scheme Outward Sound.
RECORDED MUSIC NEW ZEALAND is a peak industry body which advocates for recording artists and their labels. It owns and presents the Vodafone NZ Music Awards, publishes the Official NZ Top 40 Charts, supports educational projects within the music industry and the work of the NZ Music Foundation through its Music Grants programme and is a trustee of the NZ Music Hall of Fame. We provide collective broadcast and online licensing services directly, and public performance licensing via OneMusic. We promote and protect the interests of artists and labels across the New Zealand recording industry through ProMusicNZ, and we are a member of NZ creative industries advocacy body, WeCreate. For more information please refer to

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