Independent Music New Zealand

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.

2017 Auckland Live Best Independent Debut award nomination link CLICK HERE or via the embedded entry form below.


What We Do

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

Taite Music Prize

The 2017 Longlist Nominations – CLICK HERE To nominate for the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut – CLICK HERE About the Taite Music Prize:  Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country’s most highly respected music journalists, The Taite Music Prize’s purpose is to recognise outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album. The winner receives a cash prize of […]

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 […]


RELEASE is the dynamic five stage program designed to assist independent label owners from Australia and New Zealand grow their businesses. Independent label owners from both sides of the Tasman are encouraged to apply. RELEASE provides participants with practical business guidance. It includes a comprehensive review of the different business models found in the contemporary music sector, as well as deep analysis of each business […]

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 […]

Latest Posts

IMNZ Newsletter: Waitangi Edition

Short week this week, as we acknowledge Waitangi Day and plenty of things happening – read on for more! TAITE MUSIC PRIZE 2017 In search of the year’s finest New Zealand album #taitemusicprize ANNOUNCING A NEW AWARD, A NEW VENUE, A NEW RED CARPET! Independent Music NZ (IMNZ) is pleased to reveal several exciting changes to this years’ Taite Music Prize 2017 – a new partner, a new venue and […]

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Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 16 February 2017

Top 20 IMNZ Albums – Week To Thursday, 16 February 2017

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Dist Cert 1 1 14 Be Like The River Devilskin Devilskin/Rhythm/DRM 2 – 1 Dark Arts The Nudge Keen/Rhythm/DRM 3 – 1 High-Brow Blues Tweed Ambertrap/Southbound 4 5 136 We Rise Devilskin Devilskin/Rhythm/DRM plat x1 5 4 69 Bays Fat Freddy’s Drop TheDrop/Rhythm/DRM gold x1 6 – 1 Studies In Tubular Neil Watson NeilWatson/Southbound 7 2 34 […]

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Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 16 February 2017

Top 10 IMNZ Singles – Week To Thursday, 16 February 2017

This Week Last Week Weeks In Title Artist Label/Dist Cert 1 1 73 Wandering Eye Fat Freddy’s Drop TheDrop/Rhythm/DRM plat x1 2 3 15 Forever Love Aaradhna FMG 3 2 30 Stars Shapeshifter A.R.T. 4 4 135 Always On My Mind Tiki Taane DirtyDub/Rhythm/DRM plat x3 5 10 46 Free Broods DrydenStreet gold x1 6 8 36 Heartlines Broods DrydenStreet 7 6 102 In Colour […]

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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.

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

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

If you’re 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.


1) IMNZ LABEL membership application form:

2) IMNZ ARTIST membership application form: