Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc

YAMI Sounz Summit

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The concept

We have such talented musicians in our nation, and YAMI aims to assist in the training, guidance and support networks for their craft.

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.

Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc

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 region.

The People

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 first YAMI.

The Supporters

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 unforgettable.

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 support.


  • Tena Koutou


    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.

    Kia ora,

    The Yami Team.

  • Half way there!


    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...

    Half way there!
  • Dave Dobbyn Adds His Support as Tutor!


    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.

    Dave Dobbyn Adds His Support as Tutor!
  • Guest List


    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!