Music Summit in Wanaka to Be Held During NZ Music Month

February 1st 2017
Lake Wanaka SouNZ Incorporated has confirmed YAMI Sounz Summit will return to Wanaka this May during NZ Music Month.

Lake Wanaka SouNZ Incorporated has confirmed YAMI Sounz Summit will return to Wanaka this May during NZ Music Month. Artists and industry professionals will converge upon Wanaka, on May 13th & 14th, to share their experiences and advice on how to make it in the industry, both financially and musically.

YAMI, which stands for Youth and Adults in the Music Industry, is a weekend of workshops, seminars and showcases, open to ages from ten years to near-ancient. The past two summits have sold out, attracting people to Wanaka from as far away as Tauranga, Auckland and Whangarei - all with an interest in forging a musical career.

Confirmed tutors for the 2017 summit include King Kapisi, Anika Moa, Warren Maxwell, Julia Deans, Barnaby Weir, Lisa Tomlins, Devin Abrams, Tali, Anna Coddington, Bailey Wiley and Riki Gooch, with more tutors and speakers to be announced. Participants work alongside the tutors during the weekend summit, with some getting the opportunity to perform with their idols at the final night's
public showcase. Lucky attendees from previous summits managed to share the stage with Ladi6, Jon Toogood, Trinity Roots and Dave Dobbyn.

Summit director, Lynne Christie says they are ‘mightily delighted' with the stunning range of tutors already confirmed for the May event. "Some of these amazingly generous tutors are back for their third year. Their commitment and ability to effectively pass on their knowledge to the next tribe of creatives is astounding."

Connor Moore, currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commercial Music at Massey University says she will be returning to Wanaka for her third summit. "Yami continues to inspire me. Being surrounded by people with the same passion for music is a huge motivation."

Seminars and workshops will be held over the course of two days, with topics ranging from songwriting, music technology, audio mixing and production, the sync industry, artist and event management, and media and marketing. Assistant Director, Martine Harding says a main aim is to help prepare participants for future careers within the music industry, whether as "instrumentalists, managers, roadies, bands, producers, promoters - or roles which don't even exist yet".

The not-for-profit music summit has received continued support from the NZ Music Commission, Air New Zealand, Massey University, QLDC, Recorded Music NZ, and Lake Wanaka Tourism ensuring the summit's welcome place on the region's cultural calendar.

With registrations opening on February 1st, YAMI is looking to host around 150 people over the weekend.


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