NZ Music Month - Get a Head Start!

April 28th 2010
The most significant event on the NZM Wallplanner is just around the corner and we're all a little bit excited! It's NZ Music Month's 10th birthday this year, and as a preview to that auspicious target we have the best possible gift for all you Kiwi music fans - something free and fabulous!

The April/May 2010 issue of NZM is now in store with pages ready to be flicked and licked. This issue features the world-famous-in-NZ Music Month target on the cover, cunningly dressed up as a dart board by designer Andrew B. White. Inside we go back in time to see how NZMM came to be, talking with some of the folks at the fore-front of establishing and maintaining the month-long local music celebration. Be sure to check out our NZMM giveaways and more below.

Speaking of gifts and valuable institutions, this issue includes the 2010 NZM Brands & Distributors Directory as an added bonus for the gear heads amongst us!
As always there's plenty of interesting and in-depth artist coverage in this issue. Anika Moa loves up the goss on her captivating new album; P Money tells us "everything" about the new hip hop/dance mash up he'll be delivering May 3rd; Kerretta have a laugh on their first bash at SXSW; Nathan Haines gets to the soul of his engaging latest release; Jackie Bristow gives her down low on being indie in Austin; Wellywood's Phoenix Foundation cut the bull and tell us about their newbie 'Buffalo'; Dane Rumble gets away from screaming fans long enough talk about producing his hip pop album; folky four-some Artisan Guns shoot off on the eve of their number two EP; Motocade frontman Eden Mullholland gives us a step-by-step lesson in making music for dance and Just One Fixer Riccardo Bell talks quickly about what it's like forging metal in NZ. Enough already? There is more...
On top of all that there's NZM's regular no-nonsense, uber-helpful columns, lessons, music instrument and equipment reviews, some fine Fresh Talents and really too many Fresh Cut album reviews to count. We'll maybe have a lie down over NZ Music Month and let some others do the good work for a change.
Annual subscriptions to NZ Musician are available for just NZ$25 (six issues). Email for the info.


C42, the new baby bro music channel to Mediaworks' music-turned-entertainment channel C4, starts screening on Freeview on  May 1st. But you knew that. The new channel will be playing around 30% NZ content, but almost incredibly won't be paying any royalty fees on the music videos it screens - at least not for the first six months of broadcast. Yeah right. A deal to that effect was struck between Mediaworks, PPNZ and IMNZ, the latter two evidently desperate to have someplace else to get videos screened. There is a contra of 30 second advertising slots for the labels - 134 a week to IMNZ  members and 90 a week to be shared among PPNZ's major labels. That 60/40 split in favour of the independent labels and distributors will also be reflected in airplay scheduling.
Christchurch’s largest indoor multi-stage festival and expo CHARTFEST happens on Friday 28 May at the Christchurch Town Hall Complex. Spread across 10 hours and five stages the line-up includes, The Verlaines, Electric Wire Hustle, Soundsystem, Clap Clap Riot, Die! Die! Die!, Sleepy Age, Dictaphone Blues, The Eastern, Tom Cosm, Soulsystem, The Transistors, Anthesiac, Benny Tones, Marty J, Philter, Restoration, the winner of the CHARTFEST band search competition and more. CHARTFEST will also feature an afternoon of band-related activities including performance clinics, discussion panels and an industry expo. See for more details.
Popsters rejoice! Our pop is finally considered popular enough for a  new 'Pop Album' category to be added to the NZ Music Awards. Hopefully some of those embarrassing mis-matches of finalists-to-category might be overcome. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for October 7. Nominations for the 45th annual awards are open now, online at, to NZ recordings commercially released between 1 June '09 and 31 May 2010.
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And now for some GIVEAWAYS!
We have a NZ Music Month prize pack to giveaway. The pack includes a Music Month t-shirt, bag, poster and a selection of NZ albums.
For your chance to WIN, simply email with the subject line 'I Love NZ Music Month!'
Entries close May 18
This May, Auckland based indie-rockers Clap Clap Riot will set out on a nationwide tour with their Aussie comrades The Scare.
Weds 5th May         Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Thurs 6th May         Refuel, Dunedin
Fri 7th May             Cassette 9, Auckland
Sat 8th May            Mighty Mighty, Wellington
 We have four Double Passes and copies of the band's EP 'TV Knows Better' to giveaway!!
 For your chance to WIN , simply email with the subject line 'Clap Clap Riot' - and the details of the show you would like to go to.
Entries close April 29
Over NZ Music Month, Cassette Number Nine will present a who's who of Kiwi artists at their MUM Clubnight, held every Friday at the swish downtown bar.
7th May
Mum Ft. Clap Clap Riot + The Scare + Guests + DJs + Hosts TBA!
14th May
Mum Presented by Cheese On Toast! Ft. Ben Anderson and the Living Diamonds + Cat Venom + Heart Attack Valley + DJs
21st May
Mum V. Zinefest! Ft. DHDFDS + Rifles + Ghost Wave
28th May
Mum + Strange News + Real Groove Presents Awesome Feelings 4 release party!  Ft. Drab Doo Riffs + Sam Hamilton + Homebrew + Diana Rozz + Loads more DJs and bands TBA!
We have a Door List Pass and $50 bar tabs for the month of May to giveaway!
For a chance to WIN, simply email with the subject line 'MUM'
Entries close May 18
And to celebrate the April/May issue we have a CD prize pack to giveaway. The winner of this sweet package will walk away with a bounty of albums from featured artists including Artisan Guns, The Phoenix Foundation, Anika Moa, P-Money and more!
We have two of these CD prize packs to giveaway.
For your chance to WIN, all you have to do is answer the following simple question;
Tell us your fave two acts featured in this latest issue of NZM?
Send your answer and contact details to by May 18

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