MacLachlan Wins Manager Awards

Scott MacLachlan, who steered Lorde’s career globally and made opera trio Sol3 Mio’s debut album the year’s best seller in New Zealand, took two gongs at the Music Managers Awards.

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He won manager of the year and international achievement. The awards ceremony, at Auckland’s The Tuning Fork May 14 before 150 guests, was hosted by Music Managers Forum New Zealand, Recorded Music NZ and the NZ Music Commission.

Best independent tour went to Teresa Patterson for a strong turnout for dates by Six60 and I Am Giant’s “Razor Wire Reality.” 

Self-managed artist of the year went to Daniel McBride of Sheep Dog & Wolf.

The MMF-voted “mentoring success story” was presented to self-managed artist Anna Hawkins, for her initiative in releasing her debut album, Journey On, and securing support on a Paul Potts tour.

Dean Lawton won the inaugural breakthrough manager award for the way he built the profile of his band, Sons Of Zion.

“The past 12 months have been phenomenal for New Zealand music, and it’s great to recognise the managers and give them their due praise,” said the MMF’s Lorraine Owen. “We can hand on heart say that our managers are amongst the best in the world, and they deserve the recognition.”

MMF members also voted  as best large venue for the second year in a row.

Leigh Sawmill was named best small venue for a third consecutive year. For the first time, the “industry champions” category was a tie. It was won by Recorded Music NZ, which represents labels and recording artists, and NZ On Air, which funds shows for TV, radio and online sources.