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Music artisan awards to be hosted at Massey

The Artisan Awards at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, recognising the best technical and production values in the music industry, will be hosted in Wellington for the first time this year.

The event will be livestreamed from the new music and production facilities at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts on Monday 5 November.

The awards will be held in the main recording studio (above) at the School of Music and Creative Media Production, one of seven new recording studios designed by leading UK studio designer Andy Munro that feature the latest in recording and post-production facilities.

The facility also houses motion/performance capture, music technology and mixed reality labs, a dubbing theatre and screening room, edit suites, animation and digital video production suites and games labs.

“We are really pleased to be able to support and host VNZMA in our new facilities in the college,” said the head of the school, Associate Professor Andre Ktori.

“Supporting and partnering with the creative sector is an important part of our mission so this is a fantastic opportunity for us to actively engage again. We have our annual end of year show, Exposure, happening at the same time, so it’s great that attendees will be able to experience the brilliant work our students have produced across the music, design, media and fine arts programmes.”

Massey University will sponsor and present awards for Best Engineer, Best Producer, and Best Album Cover.

The NZ On Air award for Best Music Video will also be presented, and there is a new award for Music Teacher of the Year. This will be presented to one of three finalists chosen from 220 submissions Elizabeth Sneyd from Porirua’s Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust; Jane Egan from Gisborne Girls High School and Music Learning Centre Ltd; and Judith Bell from Christchurch’s Chisnallwood Intermediate School.

Coinciding with the awards evening is the Tui Series of panel events featuring local and international leading industry practitioners. These will include the NZ Music Producers Series, Design Studio – a free seminar with local designers discussing music projects, album covers, artist brands and digital media, and Film-makers Studio – a free seminar with local film-makers on topics related to music video production.

The main Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards will be held at Spark Arena in Auckland on 15 November.