- SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music
- Established: 1991
SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music provides services to promote the dissemination of music by New Zealand composers and has been involved in a number of publishing projects, which aim to provide improved access to music by New Zealand composers.
Thousands of unpublished works by New Zealand composers are made available through SOUNZ via a Licence, which allows the Centre to sell these works both as hardcopy scores and downloads. Through this system many more performances of New Zealand occur at home and offshore. Composers receive a commission for each sale and benefit from increased returns from the performance of their music.
Three albums of scores by New Zealand composers for Grade 5-8 students – Kowhai, songs by women composers; First XV, works by 15 composers for piano; and Little Dancings, a collection of flute solos and duets – have helped to provide a standard repertoire of New Zealand music which is performed all over the world. SOUNZwrite, the series of education guides published by the Centre are used in the majority of New Zealand high schools and in many primary schools. These highly regarded publications support the study and appreciation of New Zealand music in schools. The SOUNZfine series of promotional CDs enables broadcasters around the world access to a range of New Zealand music and enables informed programming.
SOUNZ also licences a number of commercially recorded CD tracks for sale by download.Source: SOUNZ, September 2007