Auck­land eyes UN­ESCO sta­tus

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

‘‘Mu­sic ar­tic­u­lates the pub­lic's voice in times of so­cial ac­tivism and in times of cel­e­bra­tion.’’

The New Zealand record in­dus­try wants Auck­land to join the ranks of Glas­gow and Ade­laide as an in­ter­na­tional city of mu­sic.

On Tues­day Auck­land Coun­cil en­dorsed a bid by New Zealand mu­sic in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion Recorded Mu­sic NZ to ap­ply to the UN­ESCO Cre­ative Cities Net­work to gain ‘‘city of mu­sic’’ sta­tus.

With the en­dorse­ment Recorded Mu­sic NZ can sub­mit a pro­posal to United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (UN­ESCO) out­lin­ing why Auck­land should be­come a cre­ative city of mu­sic.

Recorded Mu­sic man­ager Mark Roach said a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion would help it to lever­age an in­ter­na­tional net­work to grow Auck­land’s ‘‘mu­sic ecosys­tem’’.

Roach said it would al­low smaller artists to fos­ter global re­la­tion­ships, fur­ther Auck­land’s cul­tural devel­op­ment and open the city up to mu­sic tourism.

Mu­sic was Auck­land’s most cher­ished art form, he said.

’’Mu­sic ar­tic­u­lates the pub­lic’s voice in times of so­cial ac­tivism and in times

Roach said.

‘‘So much is made of Lorde, OMC, Split Enz and their New Zealand suc­cess sto­ries, but first and fore­most they are Auck­land suc­cess sto­ries.’’

For­mer Split Enz mem­ber Mike Chunn said turn­ing Auck­land into a cre­ative mu­sic city of cel­e­bra­tion,’’ made sense.

‘‘The his­tory of song here is rea­son enough, par­tic­u­larly on a per capita ba­sis.’’

Chunn said Auck­land should join the global com­mu­nity so that younger gen­er­a­tions un­der­stood the im­por­tance of mu­sic to the city.

UN­ESCO’s Cre­ative Cities Net- work was es­tab­lished in 2004 to pro­mote co-op­er­a­tion between cities that iden­ti­fied cre­ativ­ity as a fac­tor for sus­tain­able ur­ban devel­op­ment.

The net­work had 116 cities spread across seven cre­ative cat­e­gories - crafts and folk art, de­sign, film, gas­tron­omy, lit­er­a­ture, me­dia and mu­sic.

New Zealand al­ready had a UN­ESCO cre­ative city with Dunedin recog­nised for its lit­er­a­ture, not mu­sic.

Auck­land will know if it will be­come a cre­ative mu­sic city in Oc­to­ber.

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