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Monday, May 22, 2006

New Zealand Music News

Often a forgotten appendage of the Great Southern Land, New Zealand is a country of 4 million people and 50 million sheep. No trouble finding a woolly friend! but if you're interested in music, that might be another matter. Statistics for arts supporters and art aficionados consistently poll around the 1% mark around the Western World, and if you're any distance away from the main capital city, you're going to be relying on Naxos posted CDs for musical succour.

That said, back in 1991, the Arts Council founded a Music Information Centre called Sounz, and this organisation consistently supports native composers getting performed and recorded. They also have quite a spiffy news page, with useful links to events, opportunities and current funded projects. Not bad for a small demographic, find out more about New Zealand Music News here.