2018 New Zealand Music Managers Awards Finalists Announced

NZ Music Managers Awards
NZ Music Managers Awards
Now in its 14th year the NZ Music Managers Awards continues to celebrate the importance of the people who are shaping the careers of New Zealand’s artists


The NZ Music Managers Forum, with support from the NZ Music Commission, Recorded Music New Zealand, APRA AMCOS, JLT and NSL distributors of Shure & QSC in NZ, is proud to announce the finalists for the 2018 Music Managers Awards. 


Now in its 14th year the NZ Music Managers Awards continues to celebrate the importance of the people who are shaping the careers of New Zealand’s artists, working hard to strategise and build an artist’s career in the ever changing and evolving landscape of the modern music industry, whether they are behind the scenes or self managing.


Judged by a panel of over 50 NZ music industry personal, the awards honour not only our experienced managers and self managed artists but also the up and coming managers who are the future of our industry.  Categories include

NZ Manager of the Year, Emerging Manager of the Year, Breakthrough Manager of the Year, International Achievement, Self-Managed Artist of the Year, Best Independent Tour.

Also awarded on the night is the Industry Champion Award, Best Small Venue and Best Large Venue as voted for by MMF members, as well as the Mentoring Achievement Award as voted for by the MMF Mentors.


The NZ Music Managers Awards will be held at The Tuning Fork in Auckland on Wednesday 9 May.


The finalists for this year’s awards are: 


Recorded Music New Zealand Manager of the Year

Alastair Burns (Marlon Williams, Julia Jacklin, The Weather Station, Phantastic Ferniture)

James Southgate (Devilskin)

Julie Foa’i(Te Vaka, Opetaia Foa’i, Olivia Foa’i)


Emerging Manager of the Year

Chris Chetland & Callum McDougal  (Rei)

Milly Tabak (The Miltones)

Pennie Black (Hex, Echo Ohs)

Breakthrough Manager of the Year

Niel de Jong (Alien Weaponry)

Nicole Thomas and Paula Yeoman (Theia, Andrew Papas, Chores)

Rikihana Douglas (SACHI, Montell2099, Matthew Young, LA Women)


NZ Music Commission International Achievement

Alastair Burns (Marlon Williams, Julia Jacklin, The Weather Station, Phantastic Ferniture)

Julie Foa’i (Te Vaka, Opetaia Foa’i, Olivia Foa’i)

Niel de Jong (Alien Weaponry)


APRA AMCOS Self-Managed Artist of the Year

Mel Parsons (Mel Parsons)

Nick Atkinson (Hopetoun Brown)

Tana Tupai and Avina Kelekolio (Tomorrow People)


JLT Best Independent Tour

Diaz Grimm ‘All Together’ NZ Tour (Diaz Grimm)

Mel Parsons ‘NZ Tour w/ Full Band’ (Mel Parsons)

Nick Atkinson ‘Round The Horn’ Tour (Hopetoun Brown)


Best Small Venue

Neck of the Woods, Auckland

Leigh Sawmill, Leigh

The Tuning Fork, Auckland


Best Large Venue

The Civic, Auckland

The Powerstation, Auckland

Villa Maria, Auckland


Achievement Award

Diaz Grimm – (self managed)

Kendall Elise – (self managed)

Pennie Black – (HEX, Echo Ohs)


Also presented on the night is the Industry Champion Award sponsored by NSL distributors of Shure & QSC in NZ


The awards would not be possible without the support of our incredible sponsors, who recognise the key role that managers play in the success of New Zealand music. In 2018 our major sponsors are The NZ Music Commission, Recorded Music New Zealand, APRA AMCOS, JLT and NSL/Shure/QSC.

Further information: 

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. www.mmf.co.nz


RECORDED MUSIC NEW ZEALAND Recorded Music NZ is a non-profit industry representation and licensing organisation for recording artists and their labels. It divides its services into three main areas. The Member Services team delivers projects including the Vodafone NZ Music Awards, the weekly Official NZ Top40 Charts and the Music Grants programme. Recorded Music NZ’s licensing division administers broadcast and public performance licensing either directly or through its joint initiative with APRA called OneMusic. The Pro-Music team is dedicated to protecting and promoting the interests of artists and labels across the New Zealand recording industry.

For more information please refer to www.recordedmusic.co.nz


APRA AMCOS (the Australasian Performing Right Association and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society) is a non-profit organisation that collects and distributes song writing royalties to its 87,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members across New Zealand and Australia, and around 3,000,000 copyright owners worldwide. APRA AMCOS presents several songwriting awards on an annual basis, including the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award, and supports New Zealand songwriters through a wide array of music grants, funds, workshops, seminars, and also hosts the collaborative songwriting program known as Songhubs.

NSL NSL specialise in professional and commercial audio, video and control. We exclusively distribute globally trusted brands including Shure Microphone Systems and QSC Speaker Systems recognised as leaders of innovation, quality, reliability and longevity.We work with retailers, wholesalers, system integrators and consultants nationwide, providing consultation, integrator and operator training, and in-house design, sales and service support.


NSL is proudly 100% New Zealand owned and operated. All staff, offices and warehousing is based in New Zealand. www.nsl.co.nz .”


THE NEW ZEALAND MUSIC COMMISSION is a non-profit organisation that promotes music from New Zealand and supports the growth of NZ owned music businesses. Music Commission initiatives include NZ Music Month, the Musicians and Bands Mentoring in Schools Programmes and the music export scheme Outward Sound. www.nzmusic.org.nz 


JLT JLT is a global organisation of specialists and one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. They own offices in over 40 territories and the 10,000+ employees service clients in over 135 countries. The JLT collaborative approach enables them to share knowledge, solve problems and deliver the best solutions for their clients. They also have the freedom to take on new challenges, think creatively and capture opportunities that others may not. They always aim to do what is right for their clients, their employees, their trading partners and shareholders.


JLT has been the broker to over 60% of the worlds biggest music, sporting and entertainment events over the last decade and in January 2018 partnered with MMF NZ to deliver tailored and exclusive insurance solutions to MMF members.



The Production Company: A Live Production Package   

Roundhead Studios: One Day Recording Session   

Eventfinda: Newsletter Billboard Campaign

Eventfinda: Two week Category Takeover/Concert Gigs   

NZ Musician: Three week on line campaign

Stebbings Recording Centre: 500 full packaged CD’s   

Parachute Studios: One Day Recording Session

95bfFM: A NZ Music Deal Advertising Campaign   

Eyecatch: One social media mentoring session   

Phantom Billstickers: 50 x MAX Full colour poster campaign and feature advertisement in The Phantom Billstickers Café Reader

Indium Design: Design of one press or two on line advertisements   

Apple Music: 12 month subscription   

Going Global Music Summit: Complimentary subscription to attend 2018 Summit

Red Bull


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Written by

Teresa Patterson

12 Apr 2018