Douglas Lilburn is acknowledged as the grandfather of classical music and a pioneer of electronic music. More than a composer, Lilburn was an influential teacher, an advocate for composers and a generous benefactor.


To be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer or musician) into the NZ Music Hall of Fame, the artist must have released a record or achieved some other significant professional milestone at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.

Criteria also includes the influence and significance of the artist’s contributions to the development and perpetuation of Aotearoa music. We shall consider factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, and length and depth of career, as well as their body of work and innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence and significance shall be the essential qualifications of induction.

We take active steps towards our goal of being as representative as possible, taking into account gender, genre and cultural considerations.