Independent Music New Zealand

What We Do

Our ongoing projects are focused on our members and their artists. Here's four of them!

Taite Music Prize

Taite Music 2018 – nominations are now open.   Taite Music Prize Nomination 2018 Please ensure that you’ve read all the Terms & Judging Criteria before completing the Taite Music Prize nomination form. Loading…   Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Please ensure that you’ve read all the Terms & Judging Criteria before completing the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut nomination form. Loading… About the Taite Music Prize:  Named after […]

Going Global Music Summit

Going Global Music Summit is an annual showcase of new music featuring national artists, occurring in September alongside the Going Global Music Summit industry seminars. The Summit takes place in central Auckland and is produced by IMNZ in partnership with NZ Music Commission and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development. Going Global Music Summit provides musicians, producers, composers, labels, promoters, industry professionals and fans a chance […]


Ever wanted to know more about the music industry – how it works, who to talk to, what you need, why things happen and where you should look for help? IMNZ produce an annual networking session called Going Local. It’s an informal way for you to meet with some established people already working in the music industry, who can offer advice and knowledge that will […]

Charts / News

  IMNZ compiles weekly charts of members album sales, singles sales and radio airplay in New Zealand. To be elegible for the chart you need to be an IMNZ member or be distributed by an IMNZ member. We publish a regular newsletter containing member’s latest releases, tours and industry news from around the world. We also regularly compile the latest independent tracks into a vibrant […]

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Who will the next winner of the Taite Music Prize be?

Who will the next winner of the Taite Music Prize be?

Independent Music NZ announce the Taite Music Prize 2018 nominations are now open Nominations close 5.00pm on 6th February 2018. The Taite Music Prize highlights outstanding New Zealand albums released in the past year. The award is open to all genres of music and judged on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label. IMNZ General Manager, Dylan Pellett says, “The award acknowledges originality and musicianship rather […]

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Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 10 December 2017

Top 10 IMNZ Airplay – Week To Sunday, 10 December 2017

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Dist 1 1 10 Addicted Katchafire Katchafire 2 2 14 We’ll Never Know Kings ArchAngel/DRM 3 3 2 Too Strung Up Alae Alae 4 5 6 Kalega Rob Ruha And The Witch Dr RobRuha/DRM 5 4 14 Wairua Maimoa MaimoaMusic/DRM 6 – 1 One Hundred Ty Empire 7 8 20 Whakato Te Kakano Mauri MinaakaMusic/DRM 8 – […]

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Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 7 December 2017

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 7 December 2017

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Dist 1 2 115 Wandering Eye Fat Freddy’s Drop TheDrop/Rhythm/DRM 2 1 13 We’ll Never Know Kings ArchAngel/DRM 3 3 3 Wowwee (No Words, Just That) William Waiirua feat. Vince Harder WilliamWaiirua/DRM 4 4 177 Always On My Mind Tiki Taane DirtyDub/Rhythm/DRM 5 8 77 Jah Rastafari 1814 Manu/Ode/DRM 6 7 13 Wairua Maimoa MaimoaMusic/DRM 7 5 […]

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If you are an independent New Zealand label or an independently produced band/musician there are many benefits to joining IMNZ.

  • An independent voice and representation with various government and music industry organisations;
  • Eligibility for the IMNZ charts – Singles, Albums and Airplay;
  • Eligibility for the Taite Music Prize;
  • Invitations and/or discounts to all IMNZ events, seminars and showcases including Going Global Music Summit;
  • IMNZ tip sheet with label opportunities emailed weekly;
  • Inclusion of your label news on this website, the IMNZ Facebook and Twitter pages and the IMNZ weekly newsletter;
  • Opportunities to list your releases/catalogs with international synchronisation licensing companies;

Eligibility for IMNZ membership requires a majority of New Zealand ownership of the label/distributor (or parent company) and the majority of your releases must be by New Zealand artists.

Aside from these conditions, anyone who releases the music in New Zealand – including self-released artists – is eligible to join. Even if you only have one release.

There are two membership options.

Artist membership – for self-releasing artists, managers and small labels representing a single release. Dues are: $86.25 incl. GST yearly

Label membership – for labels, managers and artists representing two or more releases / copyrights. Dues are: $172.50 incl. GST yearly

If you are an artist or manager representing an artist who wishes to join IMNZ and also works with a label or distributor who is already an IMNZ member – please get in touch about our discount rate on the artist member tier.


ARTIST membership application form:

LABEL membership application form: