1492035777612 - Devin Abrams signed for Wanaka’s YAMI

Devin Abrams signed for Wanaka’s YAMI

Wanaka’s third annual music industry summit, YAMI, is now 80 per cent subscribed and organisers are feeling “frothy” about the tutor line up and confirmation of $17,000 in funding.

The YAMI Sounz Summit tutor line up includes ex-Shapeshifter Devin Abrams and Massey University music lecturer Bridget Johnson.

YAMI assistant director Martine Harding is delighted with support from music industry professionals.

“We have a music lawyer from Melbourne, a music editor from Pandora, Sydney and representatives from APRA, Recorded Music NZ and NZ on Air. Add to that the artist tutors like Louis Baker, Warren Maxwell, Barnaby Weir, Moana Maniapoto and Anika Moa and you can see why we’re kinda frothy,” Harding said.

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Devin Abrams will tutor and perform at the May 13-14 event.

“It’s a wholly unique concept where adults can work alongside rangatahi and professionals to find their place in this sometimes bamboozling creative industry. I can’t wait to be there again, and to perform at the Lake Wanaka Centre for the first time as Pacific Heights,” Abrams said.

Johnson, of Massey University’s School of Music, is also attending the summit for the first time and will tutor participants in creating instruments, software and hardware. 

Lake Wanaka SouNZ Incorporated director Lynne Christie said 80% of summit places have been filled.

“No prior experience is necessary. Just an open mind and a few quirky ideas of where future music might take us,” Christie said.

​YAMI Sounz Summit has received grants from the Lion Foundation, Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme, Creative Communities Scheme, Recorded Music NZ, QLDC, Lake Wanaka Tourism and Massey University. 

Summit profits are applied to regional music education.

The next YAMI next summit will be in 2019. Lake Wanaka SouNZ is also organising the first Tuki Music Festival, in Wanaka on February 10, 2018.