We make the music of Aotearoa New Zealand accessible to all
SOUNZ champions and promotes the sounds and music of Aotearoa New Zealand. Our purpose is to make the sounds and music we represent easily accessible to all, at any time, by using our digital platforms and to encourage its performance through a variety of projects and other initiatives. We are the only arts and music organisation of our kind in Aotearoa New Zealand, and have been operating as a Wellington based, national organisation since 1991. SOUNZ relies on the generous funding from government, industry organisations, trusts, foundations and individuals to make our work possible.
We connect composers and their work with performers, listeners, teachers, broadcasters and presenters through collaborative projects and representation. Anyone with access to a digital device whether it be at work, home, the library or school, can engage 24/7 with music, resources and the opportunities it presents.
SOUNZ has a constantly growing collection of over 24,000 NZ music resources. We represent the music of more than 590 composers from Aotearoa New Zealand in the following areas:
- classical composition
- Māori music
- music using taonga puoro (traditional Māori instruments)
- electroacoustic music
- jazz composition
- screen composition
- sonic art
We do the following:
- make and promote articles, interviews, podcasts and animations
- make, broadcast and promote films of music in partnership with RNZ Concert
- collect and sell sheet music and other music resources
- advise on repertoire, programming and performance of music
- provide development opportunities for composers through our various projects and collaborations with organisations such as RNZ Concert, NZSO and many others
- present prizes and awards for composition and performance through our partner organisations
- provide resources for teachers and performers
- present workshops and wānanga
- promote news, events and activities through our online platforms and regular communications
We are continually developing and implementing strategies to broaden our content and increase participation in the arts with particular focus on:
Western music developments and trends
Māori music development
SOUNZ Māori Music Unit was established in 2019, in partnership with the Māori arts community, to provide more focus on the creation, performance and promotion of Māori music.
Pacific Peoples Strategy
SOUNZ Moana Pacific Peoples Music Strategy is now in its first iteration and we understand this will be the first music strategy for Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa. We work closely with community knowledge holders, academics, composers and performers to ensure that Pacific Peoples music and culture is better represented and made more accessible for more people, resulting in a greater connectedness by Pacific Peoples with all cultural communities of New Zealand.
SOUNZ has implemented a Youth Engagement Strategy to engage youth/rangatahi in the music of Aotearoa New Zealand and connect with youth on the social media platforms they engage with. Youth insights ensure that we create content that is relatable, develops knowledge and supports youth connectedness.