Friday, 27 Mar 2020

E Te Kāhui Tau

Kia ora mai rā e Te Kāhui Tau - ngā kaititotito, ngā manutīoriori me ngā ringapuoro.
My aroha to all our whānau of songwriters, artists and musicians as we confront the biggest global health crisis of our time. I hope you’re safe and well with your families at home. 
Earlier this year, I joined APRA AMCOS as Pītau Whakarewa, to support Māori members and grow our unique and distinctive musicality. Our world has now been turned upside down but that will never dilute the immense musical talent and creativity we have in Aotearoa. 
Given the changes to socialisation both here and abroad and its inevitable impact on the music industry, we need to be supportive of one another and innovative in our approach to the creation and consumption of music.   
I’ve been working with our funding partners to initiate programmes that support Māori members and the emergence of a bilingual music industry. I’ll continue to develop this given the new paradigms we’re working in and keep you informed of upcoming opportunities. 
Creative New Zealand has just announced support packages for artists impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, including Arts Continuity Grants for up to $50k and Emergency Relief Grants for up to $10k. More details on both of these opportunities will be provided at
You may also be able to take advantage of any down time that comes out of your confinement, to update your song and performance registrations with APRA so you can receive all your royalty entitlements over the coming months. 
Music is very powerful and will help us to get through the unprecedented challenges ahead. 
I hope you’re all able to continue to dream and write songs, and when we come out the other side, we will wow the world with waiata! 
Ngā manaakitanga

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