In collaboration with Aotearoa’s finest arts organisations, SOUNZ manages a large number of projects that support the composition and presentation of New Zealand music including:
SOUNZ Commission for Orchestra and Sistema Youth Orchestra
An annual collaborative project lead between SOUNZ, Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings – Sistema Hutt Valley to work with a composer and specifically designed to give children an opportunity to participate and experience a unique music experience. Our aim is to impact local communities by providing greater access and opportunities to be involved in music.
SOUNZ Community Commission
Brings together New Zealand professional composers and community groups to create and perform a new work. Established in 1999 this project has resulted in works for diverse groups such as recorder choir, experimental sound artists and children’s theatre.
SOUNZ and Westlake Community Project
This project encourages New Zealand composers at all career stages to make high-quality works available for non-professional and school orchestras. Selected works are performed by the Westlake Symphony Orchestra and filmed by SOUNZ. By making recordings of these works available on the SOUNZ website, orchestras are able to watch and listen to repertoire they can programme and perform.
NZ Composer Sessions
A collaboration among SOUNZ, NZSO and RNZ Concert provides composers with an opportunity to submit orchestral scores for consideration, and a selection of which are performed, filmed and recorded over a four day period. The aim is to create high-quality new recordings of New Zealand orchestral scores, promote these on the SOUNZ and RNZ Concert websites. Between 1998-2020 158 works by 74 composers have been performed.
SOUNZ Wānanga and Workshops
We host wānanga and workshops for composers and specialists to share their expertise to support development and encourage collaboration. Some events are filmed to be shared on our platforms with the public.
SOUNZ Jazz Recording Project
The project’s purpose is to create films of music by New Zealand jazz composers, which are then promoted and available online.
APRA Art Music Fund
The Art Music Fund is managed by APRA who collaborate with SOUNZ to manage this award. It exists to commission new work that is innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field.
SOUNZ Contemporary Award
In partnership with APRA, we select the finalists and winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award which is presented at the APRA Silver Scroll awards. The award recognises New Zealand’s premiere classical composition and rewards creativity, excellence and inspiration in music composition by a New Zealander.
Secondary School & Other Music competitions
SOUNZ collaborates with secondary school and other music competitions to present 30-40 prizes each year. The majority of these prizes are aimed at youth and those in the early stages of their musical careers to encourage and reward performance and composition of New Zealand music.
SOUNZ-NZCF Te Reo Māori Choral Composition Award - Te Puoho Ki Te Rangi
SOUNZ, in partnership with the New Zealand Choral Federation has created a composition award as part of the 'The Big Sing' competition, to encourage young composers to write choral settings of texts in te reo Māori. The winning composer receives a cash prize and a trophy in the form of a beautiful Pūtōrino carved by taonga puoro player and maker Tāmihana Kātene. This award complements our existing composition award in the annual 'The Big Sing' competition for secondary schools.