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Te Vākai Collective Free Online Music Fono

Industry Advice 4 Sep 2020

For decades New Zealand Pacific music artists have been celebrated for their talents, influence, and international success, however, the lack of support has meant their interests and needs has not been met until now.

Te Vākai Collective, an advocacy group led by some of New Zealand’s renowned Pacific musicians, will be hosting a Free Online Music Fono in partnership with Pacific Cooperation Foundation on Saturday 5th September 2020 from 11.00am-2.00pm.

The free online music fono will provide an artist-led space for musicians to speak openly about their experiences, issues within the music sector and create a nationwide network of Pacific musicians who can support each other.

Te Vākai Collective will in turn collect further data through the talanoa of the fono to test assumptions, gather further insights and distill the data to understand: What are the gaps, barriers and needs of musicians who identify as Pasifika to maintain a sustainable career in the arts, specifically music?

PCF Chair Fiso John Fiso says supporting the fono aligns with the Foundation’s focus area of promoting New Zealand’s Pacific identity.

“PCF supports Pacific artists and musicians to reach their goals and is excited to enable pacific collaboration to showcase Pasifika creativity and talent both in New Zealand and in the Pacific regions.” he said.

“Cooperation for shared Pacific knowledge, skills and aspirations, is a key goal for PCF”.

The fono guest panel consists of established and young Pacific musicians including King Kapisi, Ardijah’s Betty-Anne Monga, Tree Vaifale, General Fiyah and many more.

The Te Vākai Collective free online music fono will be made available on Te Vākai Collective Facebook page. See here for more information