New Zealand Music Foundation on board again for BOTAB 2015

New Zealand Music Foundation on board again for BOTAB 2015

Posted 30 July 2015.

​​We are pleased to announce the New Zealand Music Foundation as our charity again for BOTAB 2015.

The eighth annual Fish/ CAANZ Battle of the Ad Bands competition is coming soon.

Date: Thursday 17th September, 2015

Venue: The Kings Arms

​​Last year, BOTAB made a fantastic contribution to changing the lives of those in need in NZ through music. Through an epic charity auction which saw one winning bidder walk off with a VIP room and tickets for 6 to Justin Timberlake’s sold out concert at Vector Arena, and another a fantastic 11 course meal for 6 prepared by Simon Gault and attended by Dave Dobbyn, the advertising industry made a significant contribution to two important music projects in Auckland and Wellington.

The New Zealand Music Foundation creates and sustains projects around the country that use music to change the lives of those in need in NZ. The charity also provides emergency assistance to NZ music people experiencing illness, distress and hardship.

The money raised replaced vital band equipment at a facility in central Wellington working with at-risk and vulnerable youth, and also supplied a state of the art keyboard to a choir in Auckland that works with people with neurological conditions.

• Regional Manager Scott Reeves with replacement bass cabinet, shot from the centre’s 2014 Battle of the Bands competition.
Regional Manager Scott Reeves with replacement bass cabinet, shot from the centre’s 2014 Battle of the Bands competition.

The Regional Manager of Zeal Wellington, Scott Reeves said: “This new equipment was great news for our efforts with at-risk young people in Wellington. The New Zealand Music Foundation was able to replace broken equipment at our Wellington youth facility essential for our delivery of weekend events, rehearsals and training in production, live sound, lighting and event management. Music changes lives, and this has definitely helped us to continue to have a positive impact.”

CeleBRation Choir music therapist Shari Storie with new keyboard at choir rehearsals in East Tamaki
CeleBRation Choir music therapist Shari Storie with new keyboard at choir rehearsals in East Tamaki

Professor Suzanne Purdy, Head of Speech Science and leader of the CeleBRation Choir in East Tamaki in Auckland says: “Group singing results in improvements in the health, wellbeing and communication abilities of those with neurological conditions. We’d like to thank The New Zealand Music Foundation and BOTAB for recognising this and assisting us in our efforts to grow and develop our work with the choir.”

General Manager of the New Zealand Music Foundation, Peter Dickens says; “It’s an amazing thing when you are able to make such a great connection between a charity cause and an event. BOTAB 2014 was a fantastic experience and we came away buzzing with ideas and concepts that we know will really capture the imaginations of those that attend this year. At the heart of the night is a massive love and appreciation of the power of music. The way the ad industry has been able to translate that into helping those in need across the country through this partnership with us is inspiring”.

The New Zealand Music Foundation has helpfully provided some resources that may assist intrepid ad agency staffers in their research for the evening. “Be sure to exercise caution when engaging with anyone online, as I’m sure your digital departments will have impressed upon you in your regular health and safety sessions” says General Manager Peter Dickens. “But in a spirit of engagement and dedication to accuracy and authenticity, we are happy to pass on this list of resources and social networking sites to help you in your quest for success on September 17.”

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