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Turning Up the Volume is our one-of-a-kind programme of professional support and development for screen music and sound professionals in Aotearoa, with the aim to raise the profile of New Zealand’s screen music and sound talent with overseas productions, domestic filmmakers and rangatahi considering a career in film. Spearheaded by Melissa Conway, and made possible with resources from the MCH Regeneration Fund, we’re rolling out this programme within the next year.

What does this entail?

– An overhaul and update of our Rates Cards
– Engaging with members to discuss and collate our desired conditions for collective bargaining
– A public relations campaign aimed at highlighting the value of our work and our people in the media and within the wider screen industry – both in Aotearoa and overseas
– A series of Creative Business Practice workshops for members
– New and updated “Set to screen” audio workflow guidelines
– Completing our long-held goal of developing contract templates for sound freelancers. We finally have funding for the legal services required to complete this task.
– Continued lobbying for incentives for screen productions that benefit from public funds to prioritise the use of New Zealand composers and songwriters
– Engaging a researcher to create a White Paper on how such an incentives programme could be designed and implemented
– Working with experts to design new, sector-specific health, safety and wellbeing standards. This document, while standing in its own right as a set of recommendations, will also be included in our collective bargaining portfolio with the aim of eventually becoming legally binding standards.
– Diversity and Inclusion training for committee and members
– Education outreach session for tamariki and/or rangatahi

Nov 30 – Turning Up the Volume launch event

Come and join us (in person or online) on Thursday 30th November 6.30-8.30pm at Miramar Creative Centre as RNZ’s Simon Morris moderates our esteemed panel (being John McKay and Graeme Revell) – hear them discuss the issues faced in our sector for our incoming national government. It’s going to be a great conversation so let us know if you can make it in person or if you’ll be watching our facebook livestream – a final reminder to all members to RSVP here.