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Composers Association of New Zealand

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Composers Association of New Zealand

The Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) is a non-profit organisation of mostly professional and amateur composers, as well as other supportive institutions. 

CANZ maintain contact with organisations such as SOUNZ (The Centre for NZ Music), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Radio New Zealand Concert, RIANZ, Creative New Zealand, APRA and the Government and are members of international organisations, such as the Asian Composers League and the International Society for Contemporary Music. In this way they provide opportunities for international exposure to their members, and ensure that there is a New Zealand presence at the festivals run by these organisations.

CANZ make financial and administrative contributions to national events such as the Nelson Composers Workshop, with help from Creative New Zealand and APRA and help with specific one-off projects, such as the transfer of Douglas Lilburn’s electronic works to CD, or administering a New Zealand-Korea musical exchange. 

CANZ present two awards every year:

  • The KBB Citation for Services to New Zealand music, sponsored by KBB Music, is presented annually to an individual or organisation in recognition of their outstanding contribution and commitment to New Zealand composition.
    • The CANZ Trust Fund Award is awarded to a composer and current CANZ member, either emerging or established, whom the CANZ committee wishes to honour for current compositional achievements.

CANZ also make contributions to the composition community through their “behind-the-scenes” work, such as mediating in disputes, writing letters of support for various projects and making submissions on items of policy (such as music curricula).as well as providing a network of contacts for getting involved in the New Zealand composition community, as well as the wider international community of composers.

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