More Speakers Announced For The Official 2019 Music Month Summit


Continuing the first announcement of the Official NZ Music Month Summit, we are thrilled to announce more speakers and a special initiative from APRA AMCOS for the day.

Held at the Herald Theatre Aotea Square in Auckland on May 25th from 10am, the Summit will feature four separate panel sessions with industry leaders discussing every aspect of the juggernaut, which is live performance.

With special thanks to our friends at APRA AMCOS, lunch will be provided to the first 100 people who register for the Official NZ Music Month Summit.

There will be an opportunity to ask APRA representatives questions during the lunch break, with meal catering by the initiative Eat My Lunch which provides food for hungry kiwi kids.

The subjects and second speaker announcements are:

Going on tour sounds like it is a whole lot of fun, and it is! But it can take a toll on an individual’s wellbeing, health and relationships. This will address the various pitfalls and give tips on how to exercise self-care while on the road.


​​Laughton Kora, with his incredible voice and immense talent, has been at the forefront of New Zealand music for over the past decade. A member of Soul Charge, KORA, The Heavy Metal Ninja’s, Neon Ninja and Laughton Kora & Friends, he is also a member of NZ Marley All-Stars, Fly My Pretties & Kinetic. Laughton was the TV lead in the TVNZ series ‘Coverband’, played Judas in the Auckland Theatre Company's "Jesus Christ Superstar”, is a NZ Music Commission Mentor in schools, and an all talented performer.

Laughton joins the already announced Tami Neilson and Julia Deans.

For everyone who has practiced hard and now there is a gig to perform. This panel covers what questions should be asked in advance to ensure stress free show for all involved. Production gurus share their knowledge and insight to a stress free live performance setup.


Carol has more than 30 years experience in the entertainment industry as a stage manager, producer and in production. Having worked on some of New Zealand’s largest events such as Big Day Out (20 years), WOMAD (12 years) R&V (9 years), the NZ Music Awards (22 years) her experience is vast and wide having worked with emerging artists, rock n’ roll legends to Presidents and Royalty.

Carol joins the already announced Chris Tate and Tom Anderson.

Performing live is a crucial talent to master for any artist with reputations being made or broken from a show performance. Industry experts give insight into the various ways to successfully market and promote shows, no matter what level of experience the artist is at.


Anna Loveys runs Auckland based PR, publicity and marketing company Saint Lachine and passionately promotes the work from both independent kiwi artists and labels.


As one half of Concord Dawn, Matt Havey has turned Australasia, the USA, China, Japan, India, Russia, Turkey Canada and Europe multiple times. Now managing Shapeshifter and Nick Dow Matt brings a vast wealth of knowledge to this panel.

Matt and Anna join the already announced Mel Parsons and Harry Pettit.

Some of New Zealand's top festival bookers will give tips on what they’re looking for when putting together a festival line up.


Hamish Pinkham is the co-founder/director of the hugely successful Rhythm and Vines New Years Eve festival. Currently based in Auckland, Hamish is passionate about the development of the music events and tourism industry in Aotearoa.


Gerry Paul is the Music programmer for Aotearoa’s largest street festival CubaDupa, the promoter for Coastella and has recently founded the first national Irish Festival “NZ Irish Fest”.

Hamish and Gerry join the already announced Gavin Downie and Rachel Turney.

Remember across NZ Music Month to share your live music experiences on social media with #dicoverlivenz and #nzmusicmonth
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster now - they cost $10 plus (booking fees).

100% of the ticket income will be donated to MusicHelps, a charity dedicated to changing lives through music.

If the ticket price will be a barrier to you attending, please contact Lorraine Owen at the MMF –

NZ Music Managers Forum, NZ Music Commission in association with APRA AMCOS, NZ On Air and Auckland Live present:

The 2019 Official NZ Music Month Summit
Saturday, May 25
The Herald Theatre – Aotea Square, Auckland
10am to 4pm
Tickets from Ticketmaster

Written By: Radio13