New Zealand Music Month 2020
Christchurch City Libraries celebrates NZ Music Month during May every year. Find out more about this month-long celebration, and our music resources.
NZ Music Month events
About New Zealand Music Month
NZ Music Month was first celebrated in 2001. That May, only 6 per cent of album sales for the month were by New Zealand acts. Aiming to boost homegrown music, the initiative gave the media a chance to showcase local talent.
After five years of NZ Music Month, homegrown acts made up 29 per cent of albums sold, and there was similar increase in radio airplay. In the last couple of years, the month has started to become a truly national celebration, with the public encouraged to show their support through attending events, buying music and wearing the T-shirt.
NZ Music Month is a partnership between the NZ Music Commission and a number of other organisations including songwriters’ association APRA, Independent Music NZ, NZ On Air, the Radio Broadcasters Association and Recorded Music New Zealand.
Music at Christchurch City Libraries
Explore our page about New Zealand music including:
- Māori music
- Christchurch's music scene
- Profiles of local musicians
- New Zealand Music Month blog posts
- Music images in our collection
- NZ Music Month from NZ on Screen
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