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Play It Strange

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Play It Strange

The Play It Strange Trust was established in November 2003 for the purpose of encouraging young New Zealanders to develop interests and skills in songwriting and musical performance. The Trust intends running a range of programmes across New Zealand to achieve its purpose.
For the first time in our history, we have a popular music industry where local artists singing original songs are outperforming the Anglo-American imports. And this celebration is happening at all levels. From the Beehive to the church hall, from the decile 1 school to the Aotea Centre, NZ music is coming across loud and clear.

Purposes of Play It Strange

1. The Trust is established to encourage young New Zealanders to develop interests and skills in music, composing and performance. In promoting this purpose, the Trust wishes also to:

provide young New Zealanders with positive role models;
give life skills to young New Zealanders, such as self-confidence, reliability, responsibility, communication and leadership, which will enable those young persons to make a positive contribution to New Zealand communities;
encourage and facilitate opportunities for young New Zealanders to make, and experiment in, music that will reflect New Zealand's unique characteristics, thereby encouraging creativity and innovation in New Zealand music.

2. By way of illustration, and not by way of limitation of the Trust's general purposes set out above, the Trust may:

bring music workshops to New Zealand schools;
instigate music composition assessment programmes;
encourage and promote New Zealand secondary school music competitions;
establish mentoring programmes for promising young New Zealand songwriters and composers; and
develop links between established musicians and New Zealand youth by bringing established musicians to New Zealand schools.