Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Finalists announced for Songwriter of the Year

Finalists announced for Songwriter of the Year


A night celebrating creativity and original music, will see some of New Zealand’s most talented songwriters and performers showcased at the Maidment Theatre next month. Five emerging artists currently studying Popular Music at the University of Auckland will perform to compete for the coveted Songwriter of the Year Award.


Nominees are Brayden Jeffrey (from Tauranga) Henry Beasley (from the North Shore, Auckland), Possum Plows (from central Auckland), Michael Murray (from Te Kao, Far North), and Sio Andrews (from Manurewa, South Auckland), all selected at the semi-finals in July from a field of twelve hopefuls.

All five contestants will perform two original songs with their band. The generous prizes are $1,000 of MusicWorks product, from MusicWorks, for the winner plus four finalist awards of $200 each of MusicWorks product, a mixed and recorded single at Roundhead Studios, mastering of the recorded single by KOG Studio, produced by Godfrey De Grut and promotion of the single by Kiwi FM.

Five additional awards will also be announced including NZ Music Commission Best Vocalist, APRA Best Arranger, MusicWorks Best Instrumentalist, Mushroom Music Publishing Best Lyricist and NZ On Air Best Song, acknowledging the highest quality in each category.

The judging panel includes Vicky Blood (artist Manager for Gin Wigmore, ex-BMG UK), Don McGlashan (artist, The Mutton Birds) and Jason Huss (Roundhead Studios engineer).

The finalists, who are all students at the School of Music, have all been developing their craft under the tutelage of leading music and industry professionals including Godfrey DeGrut (producer, songwriter), Kiri Eriwata (vocalist, songwriter), Neal Watson (guitarist, songwriter), Stephen Matthews (NZ Music Award finalist, composer), Jeremy Toy (She’s So Rad, Tate Music Prize nominee), Graham Reid (reviewer, lecturer) and Laughton Kora (Kora).

"The School of Music’s Songwriter of the Year Awards have become a benchmark for music industry insiders to see who some of the next break-through artists will be. Past award nominees and winners have received significant songwriting, performance and recording opportunities after being spotted at this annual event by industry professionals,” says Stephen Matthews, Head of the Popular Music programme.

A special feature at this year’s event will be a guest performance from Adam Sowman, who took out the Supreme Award at the Secondary Schools 2014 National Songwriter Awards recently.

Hosted again by the remarkable Rose Hope, the awards evening is one of the School of Music’s premier events, delivering a sell out show each year.

The University of Auckland’s annual Songwriter of the Year Awards 2014 will be held at 7pm (for 7.30pm start) on Thursday 2 October at the Maidment (8 Alfred Street, Auckland). Tickets $5-$15. Bookings from the Maidment. Phone 308 2383 or visit www.maidment.auckland.ac.nz

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news