Auckland eyes UNESCO status
‘‘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
‘‘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.