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Mike Chunn has worked with original songs all his life from his days with Split Enz and Citizen Band through Mushroom Records (Dance Exponents and DD Smash) to eleven years as Director of Operations for APRA.
Now seven years as CEO of the PLay It Strange Trust, Chunn has seen more than two thousand original songs entered in their various songwriting competitions.
- Songs that mirror the hearts and minds of NZ youth.
- that build the momentum of a true NZ music tradition; and
- engender their school communities with a respect, awareness and celebration of great music.
It’s a rare breed that doesn’t automatically, intrinsically, understand that music matters, says Mike Chunn in his latest Strange News blog.
The philanthropic support for emerging artists in contemporary music is a rare spontaneous event if it comes to fruition but it’s starting to emerge in a fledgling fashion, says Mike Chunn.
The John Key/Banks announcement of the introduction of charter schools has led to a flurry of divergent opinions much of negative.
It is amazing how some things are just ‘let be’ where a few analytical moments might lead to action - like learning the piano, says Mike Chunn.
The time is right for a huge, committed drive by the public to stand up for their innate right to quality public broadcasting and a Youth Radio Network, argues Mike Chunn.
Two blogs ago Mike Chunn focused on how recording songs needs to become an integral part of the music curriculum. Resounding from the forward-thinking halls of the NZQA comes a welcome cry.
In 2011, the support structure (let’s call it) for musicians at school is growing in leaps and bounds. Why? Well – they’ve been there too, says Mike Chunn.
It is imperative that ALL schools realise that recording systems and a knowledge of recording and studio producing is a craft that must be embraced, says Mike Chunn.
In the latest Strange News from Mike Chunn, he takes 'a gentle dipping of the toe' into the common sense view that songs should be in the music curriculum and assessed as part of NCEA.
In the latest Strange News blog from Mike Chunn he says we must give the new generation the platforms on which to stand and strut their stuff.