The New Zealand Music Hall of Fame was founded in 2007 as a co-operative venture between APRA AMCOS NZ and Recorded Music NZ. Both organisations were coincidentally considering instituting an award of this nature at the same time and, rather than set up competing ventures, they agreed to work collaboratively on a Hall of Fame. In June 2014 a formal Trust was established to better organise the Hall’s operations.

Inductees receive the Hall of Fame “soundshell”; a taonga created by renowned sculptor, Jim Wheeler. These taonga are gifted to our inductees privately, with the inductions recognised publicly at the Aotearoa Music Awards, the Silver Scroll Awards or other platforms as deemed suitable by the trustees.

The purpose of the hall is to:

  1. Recognise the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of New Zealand music by inducting them into the Hall of Fame; and
  2. Establish, maintain and develop a forum for the ongoing celebration and recognition of inductees and New Zealand music.


The Hall is governed by the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame Trust.