Recorded Music NZ in conjunction with the NZ Music Commission present the Music Teacher of the Year Award.

Behind most artists who make it to the VNZMA stage is a dedicated music teacher or mentor.

In May of this year, and in conjunction with the NZ Music Commission, we opened nominations for the inaugural Music Teacher of the Year Award.

The award was established to celebrate the exceptionalinfluence music teachers have on our children, not only in establishing the foundations of careers in music but in general ensuring a positive and long lasting impact on their lives.

We are pleased to report that we received a phenomenal response and there have been over 220 individual nominations for 85 teachers throughout the country. Which is amazing and a real testament to the work that our music teachers are out there doing, education the next generation of Tui Award winners.

Our thanks to the Commission for their support and education network, and also TV3’s The Project who have been wonderful supporters of this initiative and will also aid us in announcing the three finalists and the eventual Music Teacher of the Year which will be announced on The Project the night of the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards on 15 November.