New Zealand Music Month

Christchurch City Libraries celebrates NZ Music Month during May every year. Find out more about this month-long celebration, and our music resources. View gigs in our events calendar.

NZ Music Month 2018

The New Brighton Playlist New Brighton Library, Monday 7 May, 3.30–4.30pm

Learn about the iPad app Launchpad! Explore beats, samples, and effects to create your own original composition.  We’ll then bring these all together to create the “New Brighton Playlist” for you to share with your whānau and friends.

Make Some Noise Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre Wednesday 9 May and Wednesday 23 May, 3.30–4.30pm

Visit our Maker Space and make some noise with our digital musical instruments. No prior experience required, we’ll get you started! You can try out the following:

  • Loop based music with iPads with Garageband
  • Roland Electronic Drum Kit
  • Digital Piano
  • Roland Session Mixer and microphones with looping pedal
  • Alesis Drum machine
  • iMacs with Garageband
  • Free session, no bookings required. This equipment is also bookable for use in the Maker Space at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.

Shang Ya Music Studio Performance Upper Riccarton Library, Sunday 20 May, 1–3pm

Come along and hear the talented young piano and voice students of the Shang Ya Music Studio. 

Linwood College Showcase Concert Linwood Library at Eastgate, Thursday 24 May 5pm to 7pm

Linwood Library is delighted to host Linwood College on Thursday 24th May 2018 - from 5 pm -to 7 pm.
Come and support our local students showcase their musical and dancing talents at this family friendly and energy filled event.

Part of Youth Week and New Zealand Music Month,

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

We have music resources including CDs, tapes, LPs and DVDs as well as thousands of music scores, music magazines, and online music in eResources.

Explore our page about New Zealand music including:

Maori Music

Previous years

See what we did in:

201720162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.

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