Kiwi music will be thrust into the spotlight as New Zealand Music Month kicks off today.
The 12th New Zealand Music Month is offering a range of local music through events nationwide.
The opening event begins in Christchurch today at tertiary institute CPIT.
The event will feature performances by Kiwi acts Anika Moa, Hanna Harding and Nadia Reid.
The 31-day celebration is run by the New Zealand Music Commission and has been going since the year 2000.
It takes place each May, in association with other organisations including NZ On Air, RIANZ, APRA, Independent Music NZ, and the Radio Broadcasters Association.
The organisers say it has evolved from a period of encouraging more local voices on the radio, to a full on nationwide celebration with a range of gigs planned for all around the country.
Events happening around the globe this music month:
Anika Moa, Nadia Reid and Hanna Harding kicking off Christchurch's NZ Music Month activities at CPIT, May 1.
Ponsonby watering hole The Whiskey kicks off 21 nights of live music come May 1.
Dirty Records celebrate ten years in the biz with a birthday party being held at Auckland's The Studio, May 4.
The Yoots perform at the Tongariro Chartered Club in Taurangi on May 11.
The Great Escape Festival: NZ Showcase in Brighton UK, May 12.
Beautiful Machine the Shihad documentary opens in cinemas nationwide, May 17.
State Of Mind perform at Sammys in Dunedin, May 19.
Liverpool Sound City: NZ Music Showcase, Liverpool UK, May 17.
NZSO - Made In NZ Concert, Town Hall Wellington, May 25.
Pacific Music Awards, Manukau May 31.
APO with DJ CXL and Anonymouz Remix The Orchestra, Auckland Town Hall, May 31.
Gore Golden Guitar Awards, Gore May 31.