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Help For Emerging Musicians At Otara Music Arts

Help For Emerging Musicians At Otara Music Arts Centre

The Otara Music Arts Centre (OMAC) will be holding two special workshops in August and September to assist musicians who want to access NZ on Air funding.

Manukau City Council's Programme Co-ordinator Ruth Thompson says "OMAC wants to be at the forefront of promoting New Zealand Music. You do not have to have a 'label' to access NZ on Air funding. A home recording tape is sufficient to start the journey as an artist."

The workshops have been designed to help emerging musicians and groups and producers of music videos. On 1st August and 12 September, NZ on Air staff will be available to answer your questions and help you complete funding application forms.

A second workshop "All for You" has been designed to help established musicians in the competitive music industry. The workshop focuses on marketing, recording, stage performance that will bring out the X-factor and dance techniques to bring performances to life.

New classes introduced by OMAC this term include a Hip Hop class teaching the latest urbane dance moves. Tutor Jet is a choreographer who creates her own unique moves. The class is split into two categories - children and adult sessions.

Another new concept is the Drumming Duo class with Cory Poutapu. This fun interactive class allow friends and family to learn and jam together.

OMAC also offers group piano lessons this term. This allows the centre to offer quality tutors at an affordable rate. Each student will have their own piano and will learn basic theory and practical skills. Group sizes will be limited to three per session and will culminate in an end of term concert.

Ever wanted to design your own paua earrings and jewellery? Here is your chance with Darcy Panoho's Paua Creations class. The class starts on 30 July and runs for eight weeks.

"From Passionate Art classes to Poi Aerobics, there are classes to suit all levels, ages and personal tastes. You can enrol now for any of these courses or others offered at Otara Music Arts Centre. For more details call the centre on 274-6400 or pick up the latest free copy of Manukau City Council's 'Arts in the City brochure from your nearest library, arts centre or website www.manukau.govt.nz" says Ms Thompson.

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