Budding musician? Build your music industry know-how and connections at the free industry talks.

Kiwi music industry experts will share their stories and industry secrets in a series of seminars.

Inside the music business

Learn how to take your music from page to stage with this comprehensive session covering all the business essentials from touring to publishing, funding, contracts and more! Featuring, Kurt Shanks (Plus1 Touring), Chris Van De Geer (Big Pop Publishing), Teresa Patterson (NZ On Air), Dan Chisholm (Music Lawyer), Dean Cameron (Recorded Music NZ) and Greg Prebble (Music Director of Radio Hauraki).

An artist's journey

An up-close and personal conversation with founding members of New Zealand super groups Shihad & Stellar*. Hear Jon Toogood, Boh Runga and Andrew MacLaren present songwriting tips, stories from the road and sound advice for artists wanting to forge a career in the music industry. Features, Jon Toogood (Shihad), Boh Runga and Andrew Maclaren (Stellar*) and Teresa Patterson (NZ On Air).

  • Tickets are free but limited.
  • Printed and digital tickets are both accepted at the event. 
  • Go Live Festival is an all-ages event.

Thank you Radio Hauraki 106.5FM, New Zealand Music Commission, Salt Box Studios and RDU 98.5FM for supporting Go Live Festival 2021.

Speaker profiles

Kurt Shanks (Plus1 Touring)

Plus1 founder Kurt Shanks has promoted more than 100 concert tours by local and international acts throughout New Zealand over the past 15 years.

International acts toured by Plus1 range from punk legends like Buzzcocks, Henry Rollins, The Undertones; indie darlings like Cat Power and Joan As Police Woman; 80s pop hitmakers like The Human League, Icehouse, Nik Kershaw, Midge Ure - and all genres in between.

Plus1 also acts as promoter and booking agent for Kiwi acts, including Greg Johnson, Mel Parsons and The Mockers.

Chris Van De Geer (Big Pop Publishing)

Chris has worked across many facets across the music industry. 

His music industry experience started out as a musician/guitarist - initially for 80/90's alt rock band Second Child and moving on to the last 23 years as a member of the band stellar*.Since the early 90's Chris has also had a longstanding career working as a engineer/producer (2 x winner of NZ Music Engineer of the Year) working with many of NZ's top artists over the last two decades.

In the mid 2000's he co-founded Bigpop where he now runs production studios, a  record label and music publishing company (all under the Bigpop banner). 

Teresa Patterson (NZ On Air)

Teresa started in the Music Industry 28 years ago working for major record labels – first at Polygram Records for 5 years (now Universal) in sales, promotion and marketing and then at Virgin Records for 5 years as Label Head creating and executing successful campaigns in NZ for international and local bands like Portishead, Salmonella Dub, Massive Attack, Spice Girls, Faith No More, Chemical Brothers, Van Morrison, Sting and more.

For 15 years she was an Artist Manager and part of the local promoter team for the Big Day Out and Auckland City Limits.

Teresa very recently started a new role with NZ On Air as Head of Music.

 

Dan Chisholm (music lawyer)

 Dan is a specialist music lawyer, acting for prominent musicians, managers and music entities in New Zealand and Australia. Dan is qualified to practice in both New Zealand and Australia and advises on a range of music-related agreements, including songwriter, recording, management, producer, publishing, synchronisation, distribution and licensing agreements. 

Dean Cameron (Recorded Music NZ)

Dean Cameron is the Manager Member Services for Recorded Music NZ.

Recorded Music NZ represents recording artists and right holders in Aotearoa through licensing, advocacy and promotion.  We act on behalf of right holders to license broadcasters and other music users, collect licence fees and distribute them to recording artists and right holders.  We advocate for the collective interests of right holders and recording artists to a range of audiences including government.  We promote and celebrate recording artists and their music through activities such as the Aotearoa Music Awards and the Official NZ Music Charts.

Dean is also an independent label owner and has served as a board member of Independent Music NZ.

 

Greg Prebble (Music Director for Radio Hauraki)

Greg Prebble is the Music Director for Radio Hauraki and a lifelong music fan. His career in radio has seen him work all over the country and even overseas for a few years, picking up accolades and awards as far away as England and New York. He's also a familiar voice on the station as one of the presenters. 

Jon Toogood (Shihad)

Jon Toogood is the lead singer and founding member of legendary NZ rock band Shihad who, with release of their latest album ‘Old Gods’ reaching #1 on the NZ music charts late last year, now hold the record for most #1 albums by any artist in NZ chart history.

 During his 30 plus years in the music industry, Jon has played shows all around the world with artists such as AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Guns’n’Roses, Faith No More, Midnight Oil and Portishead (just to name a few) and has gone on to write more NZ radio hits than any other artist in NZ music history. 

Boh Runga and Andrew Maclaren (Stellar*)

Boh Runga is the lead singer of New Zealand pop-rock act Stellar*, known for their hits Part of Me and Violent and their charismatic live show.

Boh has had an amazing music career with four top 10 singles and two number one albums.

Alongside her love of music and performing, Runga spends time designing jewellery for Boh Runga jewellery and other lifestyle products under her new brand bohboh. One of her favourite opportunities to date was designing the 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards Tui Award in the same year that stellar* celebrated their 20th anniversary of their chart-topping album Mix. 

 

Andrew Maclaren (Stellar*)

Andrew Maclaren gained success in mainstream music as the co-founder, songwriter and drummer of NZ multi-platinum sellers and 11 time NZ Music award recipients’ stellar*, of which he co-wrote and co-produced many of the band's iconic hits. 

Teresa Patterson (NZ On Air)

Teresa started in the Music Industry 28 years ago working for major record labels – first at Polygram Records for 5 years (now Universal) in sales, promotion and marketing and then at Virgin Records for 5 years as Label Head creating and executing successful campaigns in NZ for international and local bands like Portishead, Salmonella Dub, Massive Attack, Spice Girls, Faith No More, Chemical Brothers, Van Morrison, Sting and more.

For 15 years she was an Artist Manager and part of the local promoter team for the Big Day Out and Auckland City Limits.

Teresa very recently started a new role with NZ On Air as Head of Music.

 

Alan Holt (International Manager - NZ Music Commission)

Alan Holt is the International Manager for the New Zealand Music Commission. The New Zealand Commission is a Government-funded agency committed to supporting NZ music businesses. The New Zealand Music Commission international office undertakes projects and partnerships aimed at exporting NZ music and assisting music businesses in working internationally.