Merger composes new music association

February 2014

We want to be a relevant and effective link between the interests of those who create and those who buy recorded music.

The merger of the Recording Industry Association of NZ (RIANZ) and PPNZ Music Licensing has recomposed the way musicians and their music is represented in New Zealand.

The two bodies carried out licensing and industry representation activities for recording artists and their labels throughout New Zealand. The new entity, Recorded Music NZ Limited, is aimed at creating a clearer and more streamlined approach to these areas of the music business by taking on the roles previously carried out by each organisation.

Its operations are divided into three main areas of activity – member services, music licensing, and pro-music.

‘Member services’ represents much of the organisation's public face and will continue to deliver key projects, including the Vodafone NZ Music Awards and the Official NZ Top40 Chart. The licensing and royalty distribution division continues to be called ‘PPNZ Music Licensing’ and operates as part of the merged organisation.

Pro-music is dedicated to copyright education, protection and corporate and government affairs.

The new structure is made up of a single board of directors and a new chief executive, Damian Vaughan. Damian has a strong background in licensing and has held roles with the Performing Rights Society (PRS) in the UK and more recently at APRA New Zealand.

RIANZ managing director Chris Caddick is the chairman of Recorded Music NZ.

Damian Vaughan says there’s a range of benefits from the merger for both the music industry and music consumers. “Having the licensing and industry representation activities previously in two different organisations created some confusion and inefficiency. Under the new structure, we can be really clear about all the services we offer to the recording artists and labels we represent, and also more clearly engage with the music-buying public,” he says.

“We want to be a relevant and effective link between the interests of those who create and those who buy recorded music. Creating this new single organisation, under the banner Recorded Music NZ, [is] a great start to achieving the goal.”