Song for the Zeal Voice Campaign

All My Brothers has recently launched a song for the Zeal Voice campaign around the issue of binge drinking and its effect on NZ young people.

With support from Warner Music and others in the industry, Francis Kora (Kora), Ben Campbell (Zed/Atlas/House of Mountain), Dan Antunovich (Autozamm), Chris Grant (dDub), Emily Giles (Forbidden Joe), Sid Diamond (Smashproof), Adeaze and MAINZ Audio graduate Marcus Powell (Blindspott/Blacklistt) have released a song and music video called “Find A Way”.

The key message in the song is to “find a way to make a change”. Too many of our young people are drowning their dreams through binge drinking instead of discovering their potential. All My Brothers and Zeal Voice hopes to spark a thought in every young person that invokes an individual change of attitude towards drinking.

The track is available to buy it on iTunes ( The single debuted on the NZ chart at #20 and is now is sitting at #15, but for it to gain consistent airplay it needs to keep climbing the charts. By purchasing “Find A Way” you will be supporting a positive message to young people through a medium that is powerful in shaping their thoughts. Please don’t just buy the track yourself. Share the iTunes link on your Facebook and Twitters and encourage others to do the same. Proceeds from the track are going into a Zeal Voice “Fund Your Dream” programme which young people will be able to apply to in spring 2012.

View the video at (

We are running a competition at the moment on our facebook page for NZ Music Month, which can be found at


1. SHARE THE VIDEO to go in the daily draw for a NZMM prize pack, including NZMM scarfs and cd’s and a $20 mobile top-up voucher! Share each day to enter each day’s draw. Comment on the video (click the comp title) so we know you’ve shared.

2. BUY THE TRACK off iTunes ( for the special price of $1.29 to go in the big prize draw for a $200 iTunes voucher + NZMM prize pack. Email your iTunes receipt to Draw held 11 May at 3pm.

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The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

Marcus Powell, 2011 Cert Audio graduate, has launched The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa, which provides a development programme for young New Zealanders that nurtures, empowers and gives lifelong musicianship skills through mentoring, personal development, and training in music across all genres.

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Fleur Jack & Katie Thompson tour South Island

Fleur & Katie tourFleur Jack and Katie Thompson met while both Kiwi songwriters were crowdfunding for their albums on the website Sellaband. The two have released their respective albums and after many messages between them, they’re taking their songs on the road to promote the releases and give you a taste of what they’ve been working on.

Katie Thompson’s sophomore album “Impossible” was funded by fans from all over the world. Produced in the UK at Modern World Studios by renowned British producer Greg Haver, the album is a treasure-trove of rare and beautiful songs which blend elements of pop, folk and country.
Katie recently opened for Elton John at his only New Zealand concert. Katie has just released the 3rd single “Cruel To Be Kind” with an accompanying music video which was shot late January in Oamaru, Oamarama Clay Cliffs, Twizel & Lake Pukaki. The video was made possible thanks to NZ On Air!

Fleur Jack is an Auckland based songwriter with a passion for the stage. She has performed her music and toured through Canada, The United States, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
After releasing three singles and videos, her debut solo album ‘Ghosts of Cimarron’ was released April 2012. The 2nd single “Olivia” spent weeks on the Kiwi Fm chart and hit #1 earlier this year.

Catch both Katie and Fleur in concert on their tour of the South Island this April.







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City Showcase – Napier

City Showcase New Zealand is a search for new musical talent that was first held in Napier in 2010 and is based on the successful City Showcase in London.

The ultimate winner scores the right to play in London in 2013 and gets the opportunity to have one-on-one sessions with some of the industru’s most influential executives.

City Showcase Press Release 2012

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“Unsigned Only” Music Competition

For New Zealand Unsigned Musicians

We just wanted to give you a quick reminder (if you weren’t already aware),
that there is still time (until April 11), for New Zealand artists to enter
the new “Unsigned Only” Music Competition. This is a completely separate
competition from the Unsigned Only category within ISC), and there is no
physical event that they would need to attend. We would love it if you could
pass this information onto musicians within your reach and let them know
they can still enter.

Unsigned Only is a unique new international music competition designed for
solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record
company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints.The competition
is produced by the team responsible for the “International Songwriting
Competition” (ISC) – www.songwritingcompetition, which has had a number of
New Zealand winners (including: Gin Wigmore, Kimbra, Moana Maniapoto,
Goldenhorse, Parachute Band and many more).

Unsigned Only is not a songwriting competition; instead, it is a music
competition with the goal of finding an outstanding, talented performer: a
band, singer, or solo artist…a newcomer or veteran…raw or unpolished –
the diamond in the rough that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is
looking for the total package.


The competition offers great prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance
to be heard by a group of judges consisting of high-profile recording
artists and industry professionals. But, Unsigned Only also takes it a step
further and puts the Grand Prize winner in direct, personal contact with the
influential record label executives who are the ultimate decision-makers.
For the first time ever, a music competition offers the Grand Prize winner
the unprecedented opportunity to be mentored by a group of record company
presidents, A&R reps, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to
directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals and
get guidance, advice, feedback, and networking opportunities.

Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative; AC (Adult Contemporary);
Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40;
and Vocal Performance.

Judging Criteria: originality, songwriting, vocals, performance, and overall

All entries must be original music except for the Vocal Performance category
which accepts original or cover songs. Judging criteria in the Vocal
Performance category will be based solely on the quality of the vocals. So,
if you’re an artist and you don’t write your own songs – or if you do write
your own songs and want to show off your singing – this is the category for

Judges include: Cyndi Lauper; Kenny Rogers; Angie Stone; 3 Doors Down;
Jeremy Camp; Charlie Daniels; Manchester Orchestra; Craig Morgan; Robert
Smith (The Cure); Kelly Clarkson; Musiq Soulchild; Aaron Shust; Steve
Lillywhite (Producer); G. Love; Matt and Kim; St. Vincent; The Mountain
Goats; Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); and
Scott Lapatine (Founder/Editor-In-Chief, Stereogum).

Mentors include a group of high-profile record company executives, including
Monte Lipman (President of Universal Republic); Pete Ganbarg (Executive
VP/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records); Jason Geter (President, Grand Hustle
Records); David Wolter (Senior VP of A&R, RCA Records); Josh Bailey (Sr. VP
of A&R, Word Label Group); Kim Stephens (President, Forward Entertainment
and A&R/Capitol Music Group); Trevor Jerideau (VP of A&R, RCA Records);
David Wilkes (VP of A&R, eOne Music); Pete Giberga (Head of A&R, Razor & Tie
Records); and Jason McArthur (VP A&R, Provident Label Group).

For more info and to enter Unsigned Only – Go To –

Jim Morgan
International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
Unsigned Only
1307 Eastland Ave
Nashville  TN  37206
PH: 615-251-4441
Fax: 615-251-4442

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Audio / Live Sound Short Courses – April to July 2012

MAINZ Auckland has a bunch of audio short courses coming up very soon. Two full days of learning for a low price. These courses have low enrollments and only run very occasionally, shame really because they are really good courses for a great price.

It would be super if you could try and help spread the word. If you have any friends in your circles that you think might be interested, please let them know soon, as I know how disappointed they get when they miss out.

If you are a facebook user, PLEASE LIKE OUR PAGE, it takes only two clicks, cheers.

The Short Courses are:
Live Sound for Gigging Musicians   14 & 21 April
Ableton Live   28 April  & 5 May (Tutor Paddy Free)
Introduction to Home Recording     19 & 26 May 
Pro Tools 101   23 & 30 June
Logic Studio Short Course  21, 28 July

Check out the link below or contact Chip at MAINZ Reception on 0800 265 526

Angus McNaughton
Audio Engineering and Music Production Tutor
Music+Audio Institute of New Zealand

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