Ashley Page Wins NZ Music Manager Of The Year

Ashley Page won New Zealand’s music manager of the year for a second year.

The announcement was made at the 2016 NZ Music Managers Awards, May 11 at Auckland’s  club. Page’s four acts achieved global success, including Lorde’s songwriter and producer collaborator Joel Little, whom he put together when Lorde was just a schoolgirl.

Broods had four “tui” wins at last year’s VodafoneNZ Music Awards and played five U.S. festivals. Page scored singer-songwriter Jarryd James a record deal with Interscope and clocked up 40 million streams worldwide.

Alex Hope co-produced Troye Sivan’s international hit EP Wild.

Alastair Burns of Heartstop Music, now based in Melbourne, Australia, took out breakthrough manager and international achievement. One of his acts, the alt-country Marlon Williams, who won two “tuis” at the 2015 NZ Music Awards (one for best male) begins a 20-date North American tour May 17 to June 11 followed by European festival appearances.

Julia Jacklin’s SXSW showcase this year sparked a dozen label inquiries. Country music act Tami Neilson, whose Don’t Be Afraid album debuted at No. 1, was self-managed artist of the year.

Singer-songwriter Mel Parsons’ 23 dates behind third album Drylands won best independent tour. Lauded industry champion was Teresa Patterson.

Following stints at PolyGram and Virgin Records, 15 years ago she turned to management (Brooke Fraser

The announcement was made at the 2016 NZ Music Managers Awards, May 11 at Auckland’s ) through CRS, and chaired the NZ Music Managers Forum since 2007. Two Auckland venues also took out gongs: The Studio for best large venue for the first time, and The Tuning Fork for small venue.