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Christchurch City Libraries
work PO Box 73045,
Christchurch 8154,
New Zealand.
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New Zealand Music Month — May 2011

Christchurch City Libraries celebrates NZ Music Month in May with free music events at our libraries and a competition. This year, Christchurch-born musician Lawrence Arabia and guests will open NZ Music Month in style at the New Brighton Library.

We have great music resources — CDs, tapes, LPs and DVDs as well as thousands of music scores, music magazines, premium websites and online music pages.


There are free performances at your library during NZ Music Month. Download the events schedule as a PDF [2.1Mb].

Competition — New Zealand Music Month quiz

Win great music prizes including an Apple iPod Nano, by completing the New Zealand Music Month quiz. Terms and conditions apply.


One of the key Christchurch events is CHARTFEST, on Saturday 14 May. It is a music industry expo, band search and live music extravaganza.

Music at Christchurch City Libraries

We have great music resourcesCDs, tapes, LPs and DVDs as well as thousands of music scores, music magazines, and online music in the Source.

Explore our page about New Zealand music including:

About New Zealand Music Month

NZ Music Month was first celebrated in 2001. That May, only 6 per cent of album sales for the month were by New Zealand acts. Aiming to boost homegrown music, the initiative gave the media a chance to showcase local talent.

After five years of NZ Music Month, homegrown acts made up 29 per cent of albums sold, and there was similar increase in radio airplay. In the last couple of years, the month has started to become a truly national celebration, with the public encouraged to show their support through attending events, buying music and wearing the T-shirt.

NZ Music Month is a partnership between the NZ Music Commission and a number of other organisations including songwriters’ association APRA, Independent Music NZ, NZ On Air, the Radio Broadcasters Association and the Recording Industry Association of NZ.

Previous years

See what we did in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.