New Zealand Music Month 2009
Christchurch City Libraries celebrates New Zealand Music Month during May. Each year we have a wide range of free music events and promote our heaps of great music resources.
This page lists our 2009 activities.
Live, local performances - Free!
In 2009 more than fifty performances will take place across the library network. Find out about the performers or browse the events calendar below to find out what's on near you. All library performances are free.
Christchurch City Libraries is also the co-sponsor of the acoustic stage at Chartfest, the city's biggest annual indoor music festival. This concert and music career expo is an all ages event for anyone passionate about music.
Give 'em a taste of library goes to air on Wednesdays during May on Plains FM96.9. Broadcasts include interviews and music from the collection.
Win great prizes
Win an Apple iPod Touch 32GB valued at $659 RRP or a 16GB iPod Nano in our New Zealand Music month competition. There were two ways to enter:
- Give us your opinion about music at the library by completing our short web survey. All completed entries go in the draw.
- Borrow three music CDs and get the fourth free. Pick up a loyalty card from any of our libraries.
Māori Music Collections
Explore music by Māori Artists in the Central Music Collection, view a display of traditional Māori instruments and discover the wealth of Māori music resources online.
All May at Central Library, Christchurch, NZ
About New Zealand Music Month
New Zealand Music Month was first celebrated in 2001. In that May, only 6% of album sales for the month were by New Zealand acts. Aiming to boost homegrown music, the initiative gave NZ media a chance to showcase local talent. After five years, homegrown acts made up 29% of albums sold, and there was similar increase in radio airplay. In the last couple of years, the month has started to become a truly national celebration, with the public encouraged to show their support through attending events, buying music and wearing the T-shirt.
NZ Music Month is a partnership between the NZ Music Commission and a number of other organisations including songwriters' association APRA, Independent Music NZ, NZ On Air, the Radio Broadcasters Association and the Recording Industry Association of NZ. Christchurch City Libraries has supported the initiative for several years.