Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) is a non-profit trade association – the New Zealand voice for independent record labels and distributors. Our members release the bulk of New Zealand music, including commercially successful artists as well as niche music genres. IMNZ started in 2001. These labels and distributors collectively represent the majority of all musical acts in New Zealand.
Independent Music New Zealand monitors and advocates for our members rights, working to spread their message, and lobbies for any changes to the industry that will benefit local labels and their artists. Some of the issues where it is important to represent the interests of our members include government legislation and the copyright act, quotas, commercial and noncommercial radio, parallel importing, government funding allocation and music policy, online licensing, piracy, synchronisation licensing and many others.
IMNZ is centrally located in Auckland, which provides easy access to our members, the majority of whom are based in the North Island. The IMNZ office is maintained at 7 Great North Road, Ponsonby. IMNZ is funded by member subscriptions and contributions from NZ Music Commission and PPNZ.
IMNZ’s Vision: “A thriving independent music industry and culture in New Zealand”
The three IMNZ core objectives are:
- To advocate the values and interests of our members and the New Zealand independent sector; working with the government, other cultural agencies and music industry bodies;
- To aid the development and knowledge of our members by providing them all the necessary tools to develop their art and grow their business; and
- To provide collective group benefits for our members and their businesses.
IMNZ is for New Zealand owned record labels and distributors. Eligibility for IMNZ membership requires a majority of New Zealand ownership of the label/distributor (or parent company) and the majority of your releases must be by New Zealand artists.
Support Letter: https://music.us/letters/new_zealand.pdf