Hui to gauge interest in Tairawhiti music strategy

Auckland is benefitting from a music strategy and Gisborne man Darryl Monteith is envisioning something similar for this region.

He invites musicians and anyone involved in the Gisborne and East Coast music sector to a hui on Monday.

The hui is about testing the water to see if a need exists for a music strategy here and for people to share their own vision for music in Tairawhiti, says Mr Monteith.

“Is there a desire for a music strategy? If so, we need people to get involved.”

The don’t-give-up-the-day-job barrier to professional musicianship is well known here.

One question that would be approached by a music strategy is how to develop a sustainable career in music in Gisborne.

“What are the barriers to that in Gisborne, and how can we reduce them?” said Mr Monteith. “A sustainable career in music can be done from Gisborne but how do we engage with the industry?

“This hui is about capturing everyone’s ideas.”

What would happen if we approached music the same way we do sport? he said.

Sporting organisations have development officers.

“One outcome could be a music network officer to help better support people. The potential return from music is greater than rugby.”

The Tairawhiti music strategy hui is a first step.

“We’re looking at a three-year timeframe to get this up and running. The hui is also an opportunity to network.”

Anyone involved in music “from choral singing to waiata and everything between” is invited to the Tairawhiti music strategy hui at Smash Palace on Monday at 5.30pm.

Auckland is benefitting from a music strategy and Gisborne man Darryl Monteith is envisioning something similar for this region.

He invites musicians and anyone involved in the Gisborne and East Coast music sector to a hui on Monday.

The hui is about testing the water to see if a need exists for a music strategy here and for people to share their own vision for music in Tairawhiti, says Mr Monteith.

“Is there a desire for a music strategy? If so, we need people to get involved.”

The don’t-give-up-the-day-job barrier to professional musicianship is well known here.

One question that would be approached by a music strategy is how to develop a sustainable career in music in Gisborne.

“What are the barriers to that in Gisborne, and how can we reduce them?” said Mr Monteith. “A sustainable career in music can be done from Gisborne but how do we engage with the industry?

“This hui is about capturing everyone’s ideas.”

What would happen if we approached music the same way we do sport? he said.

Sporting organisations have development officers.

“One outcome could be a music network officer to help better support people. The potential return from music is greater than rugby.”

The Tairawhiti music strategy hui is a first step.

“We’re looking at a three-year timeframe to get this up and running. The hui is also an opportunity to network.”

Anyone involved in music “from choral singing to waiata and everything between” is invited to the Tairawhiti music strategy hui at Smash Palace on Monday at 5.30pm.

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