We have such talented musicians in our nation, and YAMI aims to
assist in the training, guidance and support networks for their
With an ultimate goal of assisting the Creative Industries in
becoming one of our nation's top 20 exports, YAMI recognises the
importance of crafting excellent music, and creating an effective
infrastructure to support the music-makers.
The not-for-profit group was set up in 1997 to promote NZ music.
Since then it has staged numerous events, festivals, fundraisers
and workshops, and donated over $90000 back to (mainly) the local
Working with a minimal staff who are putting in numerous
volunteer hours, the tutors and speakers themselves are also
showing their support by generously gifting their knowledge with
the next creators of Aotearoa's inspiring music.
Our tutors and speakers have notable experience within their
fields whether as musicians, managers or producers.
Including Anika Moa, Barnaby Weir (The Black Seeds), Mu (Fat
Freddy's Drop), Warren Maxwell (TrinityRoots), MC Tali, Craig
Pearce (Manager, The Phoenix Foundation, The Black Seeds), plus
numerous representatives from the audio and broadcasting sides of
the industry, we could not be happier with the line up for our
Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc, Creative Communities, NZ on Air, NZ Music
Commission, Air NZ, QLDC, Upper Clutha Arts Council and local
sponsors have all assisted with funding to get the summit to its
current state of readiness.
We are requesting a final $5000 to help fund the workshops and
showcases, and ensure the experience for those attending is
In this way, we hope to offer YAMI as a regular feature in the
South Island Arts calendar, and continue to assist in supporting
and enriching the careers of the creators of tomorrow. We aim to be
self-supporting in all future summits.
This is where you all come in. Please consider joining our
wonderful troop of supporters by contributing what you feel you
can. If you cannot donate financially, consider spreading the word
through your network to help us attain our goal of staging an
effective, productive summit.
As well as being able to claim the tax back on your donation, we
believe you are undoubtedly investing in the future of New Zealand
music. A mighty thing to be sure!
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou - thank you so much for your
29 MONTHS AGO
Thank you so much donors - we made it thanks to you! We will do our utmost to make this inaugural Yami Sounz Summit a success on May 16 & 17 in the Lake Wanaka Centre. I hope you can join us for the Sunday night Yami Showcase.
The Yami Team.
Half way there!
29 MONTHS AGO
Thank you so much donors for getting us past the half-way mark. Four days left... We can't wait to see the future Kiwi Musicians perform alongside their mentors onstage at the showcase you wonderful people have helped bring to life...
Dave Dobbyn Adds His Support as Tutor!
29 MONTHS AGO
Thank you so much, donors - we are nearly a third of the way to our goal.
We are humbled and honoured to have Dave Dobbyn and his manager of 10 years, Lorraine Barry, add their support to YAMI Sounz Summit. Joining tutors and speakers from Fat Freddy's Drop, Trinity Roots, The Phoenix Foundlation, Doprah, Shapeshifter, The Black Seeds, APRA, Recorded Music NZ, NZ on Air, Anika Moa and MC Tali, plus promoters, music lawyers, and authors, we believe this kind of hands-on summit can further ignite the NZ Music scene and you will be one of the pivotal flames underneath!
All donors receive a thank you via their name on the guest list at the Sunday showcase where Dave Dobbyn performs alongside his students for the first time in Lake Wanaka Centre. Thank you. Kia ora.
30 MONTHS AGO
As a wee thank you to all those who donate, we would like to put your name on the guest list for the Sunday night (May 17th) showcase at Lake Wanaka Centre. You have to find your own way there, sorry!