SOUNZ Connects

We link composers and their music with performers, listeners, teachers, broadcasters and presenters through our various projects.

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Our Projects

Outcome 1

Reflect the cultural identity of Aotearoa New Zealand

Outcome 2

Expand the breadth and depth of repertoire for the music Aotearoa New Zealand

Outcome 3

Increase performances of the music of Aotearoa New Zealand

Outcome 4

Create opportunities for composers of Aotearoa New Zealand to develop their art

SOUNZ Champions and Promotes the Music of Aotearoa New Zealand

Support us

SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music is a charitable trust, registered charity number CC22488. We rely on the financial support and advocacy of a wide range of individuals and organisations to carry out our work.

You can support SOUNZ and our work by making a one-off or a regular donation. All donations to SOUNZ over $5 are tax deductible for New Zealand taxpayers. Donations of any amount you choose can be paid directly into our bank account.

Make a donation to SOUNZ through our website by using the buttons on the right or choose a different amount and make a donation by internet banking.

                   Internet banking: Centre for New Zealand Music Trust                                                                      38-9010-0874327-00                                                              (using a reference: First initial & surname, ‘Donor’)

SOUNZ Projects

By becoming a Friend and/or Donor you’ll be supporting the work that we do, including these projects:

SOUNZ Contemporary Award

Te Tohu Auaha

The purpose of the award is to recognise and reward creativity, excellence and inspiration in music composition by a New Zealander. The award, consisting of a trophy and cash prize, has been presented at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards since 1998. SOUNZ convenes a jury to select three finalists whose entry shows outstanding compositional excellence and inspiration. The winning work will be promoted as an outstanding example of New Zealand composition.

NZ Composer Sessions

Ngā Huihuinga Hāpai i ngā Kaitito o Aotearoa

The NZ Composer Sessions are a collaboration among the NZSO, SOUNZ and RNZ Concert. Composers have the opportunity to submit orchestral scores for consideration, and a selection are performed and recorded over a four-day period. The aim is to create high-quality new recordings of New Zealand orchestral scores. The project also includes a concert of the works for invited guests to promote the works to a range of orchestras and broadcasters. Following the concert and the final editing process, the recordings are made available as audio on the SOUNZ and RNZ Concert websites. Between 1998-2018, 142 works by 67 composers have been included in the project.

SOUNZ Jazz Recordings Project

Ngā Hopuranga Puoro Tautito a SOUNZ

This project aims to film jazz compositions by New Zealand jazz composers. These recordings are promoted and made available online as part of Resound.

SOUNZ Commission for Orchestra and Sistema Youth Orchestra

Te Tono Mahinga a SOUNZ mā te Rāngai Puoro me te Rāngai Puoro Taiohi a Sistema 

This project is a collaboration amongst SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings – Sistema Hutt Valley. The commission is an opportunity for a composer to create a work of 4-5 minute’s duration featuring the combined forces of Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings – Sistema Hutt Valley. The selected composer works closely with Arohanui Strings throughout the rehearsal process.

SOUNZ Community Commission

Te Tono Mahinga ā-Hapori a SOUNZ

This project brings together New Zealand professional composers and community groups to create and perform a new work. It was established in 1999 and has resulted in works for diverse groups including a community group for young people with learning disabilities, a recorder choir, experimental sound artists, a youth orchestra and a children’s theatre.

SOUNZ Composer Workshop

SOUNZ Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga 

The SOUNZ Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga | Composer Workshop is aimed at composers of all genres at all levels of compositional development.

The wānanga will include presentations and panel discussions and will offer the opportunity for composer collaborations. Māori and non-Māori composers are invited to participate and develop new connections, collaborations and ongoing relationships.

SOUNZ and Westlake Community Project

Te Kaupapa Hapori a SOUNZ me Westlake

The Westlake Symphony Orchestra is an accomplished school orchestra conducted by David Squire. The aim of this project is to encourage New Zealand composers at all career stages to have high quality works available for non-professional and school orchestras. The selected works are performed by the Westlake Symphony Orchestra and filmed by SOUNZ. By making recordings of these works available through SOUNZ Online, orchestras are able to watch and listen to repertoire they can programme and perform.

SOUNZ Prize Programme

Te Hōtaka Paraihe a SOUNZ

SOUNZ sponsors a number of prizes in collaboration with various performing and education organisations. The SOUNZ Prize Programme encourages and rewards the performance and composition of New Zealand music by sponsoring a range of prizes nationwide. It awards around 40 prizes through a range of competitions. The majority of SOUNZ Prizes are aimed at youth and those in the earlier stages of their musical careers.

Support us

SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music is a charitable trust, registered charity number CC22488. We rely on the financial support and advocacy of a wide range of individuals and organisations to carry out our work.

You can support SOUNZ and our work by making a one-off or a regular donation. All donations to SOUNZ over $5 are tax deductible for New Zealand taxpayers. Donations of any amount you choose can be paid directly into our bank account.

Make a donation to SOUNZ through our website by using the buttons on the right or choose a different amount and make a donation by internet banking.

                   Internet banking: Centre for New Zealand Music Trust                                                                      38-9010-0874327-00                                                              (using a reference: First initial & surname, ‘Donor’)

With the support of our funders, friends and donors we are able to contribute to the following:

  • Support for various SOUNZ projects working with a variety of organisations to promote the performance of NZ music at the community level through to the professional organisations.
  • Continuing support for taonga puoro and the work of our newly appointed Kaihautū Puoro Māori | Director of Māori Music to better support the music of Aotearoa.
  • Promoting SOUNZ films of New Zealand music and increase audience viewership.
  • Supporting screen composers through collaboration with the SCGNZ.
  • Providing education resources to music teachers and students.
  • Supporting screen composers through collaboration with the Screen Composers Guild.
  • Continuing to film and release NZ composers’ works with Resound project.
  • Providing recording opportunities for our composers through NZ Composer Sessions.
  • Continuing to film and release NZ composers’ works with Resound project.
  • Providing best composition, and performance of New Zealand work awards and prizes at various competitions, mostly targeted and young people.

Become a Friend of SOUNZ

As a Friend of SOUNZ you will benefit from the following…

Every year, our partner organisations offer ticket discounts to Friends of SOUNZ, including concerts presented by Orchestra Wellington, New Zealand String Quartet, NZTrio and Stroma. Details of each offer will be emailed to you once events get confirmed.

Receive 10% off all purchases of SOUNZ products. We will also invite our Friends to any SOUNZ events to be organised in 2020.

Become a Friend of SOUNZ through our website by using the buttons on the right or  make a donation by internet banking.

                  Internet banking: Centre for New Zealand Music Trust                                                                  38-9010-0874327-00                                               (using a reference: First initial & surname, ’Friend’)

A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to our annual appeal now or in the past – your support makes a difference.

We value your commitment to New Zealand music.

 Testimonials

Thank you to SOUNZ and the NZSO!  It’s a very good concept that needs to continue. It is to be hoped that pieces played and recorded here do actually get seriously looked at for programming, either by the NZSO or the regional orchestras.

I’d like to thank everyone involved in this initiative – SOUNZ, Radio NZ and the players and executive of the NZSO for a superb experience that gives composers unequalled access to the best orchestra in the country. It is a most generous and appreciated event amongst the composing fraternity!

SOUNZ is a fantastic institution that plays a pivotal role in the awareness, promotion, and distribution of New Zealand music.