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Auckland City of Music

A pianist playing the keyboard before the crowd at a Music in Parks event.  Music in Parks event.

Being a City of Music

We are one of 59 UNESCO Cities of Music and one of four Creative Cities in Aotearoa.

In November 2017, Tāmaki Makaurau was designated a UNESCO City of Music within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) supported by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Mayor Phil Goff, the Governing Body, the NZ National Commission for UNESCO and music industry groups.

The designation acknowledged the long, rich musical history of the region and the city’s commitment to further strengthening all aspects of music – culturally, institutionally and from an industry standpoint.

 The City of Music status provides a mechanism for local government and the music sector to work together to solve challenges and maximise opportunities for the region’s music industry and culture.

The Auckland Music Strategy

 The Auckland Music Strategy was first launched in November 2018 with an updated version to be published in late 2022.

It aims to strengthen and improve Auckland’s identity as a music-friendly city into the future and provides a framework for projects that will help Auckland to flourish as an internationally renowned creative city with music at its heart.

Auckland City of Music reports a summary of activity every four years as part of its mandatory requirements of being in the UCCN.

Read the 2018-2021 report

​Latest recognitions

In November 2021, Auckland City of Music was named Best Global Music Office at the 2nd Annual Music Cities Awards and Director Mark Roach was a finalist in the Public Service Award category.

More information

Visit the Auckland City of Music website.

Follow Auckland City of Music on Facebook and Instagram.

Email for more information.

How to find live music


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