Two exciting world music scholarships on offer

An exciting and innovative traditional world music and cultural experience is set to open the eyes of young musicians from all over the world as they gather on Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island over summer.

Ethno Global runs a series of international music camps, workshops and concerts, in over 20 countries and this is the third time the event has been held in Aotearoa, with Auckland Folk Festival and Ethno New Zealand offering two $500 scholarships for musicians aged 18-30 to cover the cost of attendance.

“This represents everything we stand for,” says Auckland Folk Festival Artistic Director Finn McLennan-Elliott, “It brings young talent to celebrate diverse cultures and blend folk music from all over the world on a marae, and culminates with a performance at the festival.”

The programme begins on Friday 17 January 2020 with a powhiri on Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island and ends on Monday 27 January at the close of the Auckland Folk Festival. Details can be found on the Ethno New Zealand website. Deadline for applications is 24 November 2019, New Zealand residents only.

Frank Winter Memorial Award 2020

The list of winners of Frank Winter awards looks like a who’s who of emerging Kiwi talent – names like Dominic Rowsell, Oliver Bramah, Rhode Workz, Adam Ogle, Shimna Higgins and Victoria Vigenser to name but a few. 

The award and $1,000 cash is presented at the festival to a talented young performer or group to help them achieve their musical goals and further their musical education. 

If you know of a talented young performer or group you can nominate them for the 2020 Frank Winter Memorial Award.  

Make your nomination by email to secretary.aff@gmail.com. Tell us why you are nominating them and provide information about the nominee. Deadline is 30 November 2019.

The Martin Blackman Young Folk Performers Award 2020

The Martin Blackman Young Folk Performers Awards are an open competition to folk performers in the 11-14 years and the 15-18 years categories.  Entrants are judged on their performance of two items at the festival, and the certificate and modest cash prize is presented each year at the Auckland Folk Festival by the Devonport Folk Club in memory of the late Martin Blackman. Winning this award is a flag that you are someone to watch.

Find out more about the Martin Blackman Award

You must enter by sending an email with your details to realmusic@xtra.co.nz Deadline is 10th January 2020.

Tui Best Folk Album Award 

Nominations have now closed for the Recorded Music New Zealand Tui Award for the best Folk Album of the year.  The winner will be revealed at the Auckland Folk Festival after the three finalists will perform on Sunday afternoon.