NZ Music Commission Welcomes Additional International & Upskilling Investment

May 17th 2018
The New Zealand Music Commission Te Reo Reka O Aotearoa is very pleased to be notified by the Government of a funding increase for it’s international and upskilling programmes in Budget 2018.

The additional $650,000 per annum will be invested in growing the capacity of the international music market scheme, Outward Sound, to assist in taking New Zealand music to the world; implementing an industry internship programme; and expanding the upskilling partnerships undertaken by the Music Commission, particularly in the development of sustainable careers for young people and emerging music professionals.

"We are currently seeing an unprecedented amount of international activity by New Zealand artists. They are touring all over the world, performing at globally significant festivals, gaining high quality offshore media coverage, and engaging across online platforms. The Music Commission is very pleased we will be able to assist more New Zealand artists on the world stage, and to retain our developmental support for the next generation of NZ artists and music business practitioners." said Music Commission Chair, Victoria Blood.

The commitment of $2.6m over four years will enable the Music Commission to increase its capacity to support the growing demand from New Zealand artists and music businesses to work offshore. The Outward Sound scheme invests up to 50% of applicable costs (flights, visas, accommodation, publicity etc.) for artists to grow their business in the global marketplace.

Artists supported by Outward Sound in the past year include Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid, Raiza Biza, Theia, Mel Parsons, Yoko Zuna, Devilskin, The Bats, Fazerdaze and Aldous Harding.

The Music Commission will also implement an Industry Internship Programme for the next four years, which has been successfully piloted in 2018 with the support of Creative New Zealand, and increase support for upskilling events focused on young people.

The Music Commission looks forward to supporting more New Zealand artists and music businesses, both at home and abroad, across the coming four years.



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