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New Zealand Professional Orchestra Sector Review discussion paper (July 2012)

New Zealand’s professional orchestras have, for many years, made a valuable contribution to our cultural life.  They are the cornerstone of a wider network of  junior orchestras, community orchestras, ensembles and performing groups, tertiary music schools, music teachers and composers.

Our five main orchestras have been supported by successive governments and local authorities as a public good. However, with a static funding environment for the foreseeable future, changes in public demand and a population that is increasingly concentrated in the north of the country, it’s time for a stock-take.

The discussion paper has been informed by input from the five main orchestras, their boards and funders, an international expert and an external reference group.  It outlines the challenges facing the sector and presents some ideas for future change to ensure New Zealanders continue to have access to high quality orchestral services. 

Submissions on the discussion document closed on 26 August 2012.

2012 resources

New Zealand Professional Orchestra Sector Review discussion paper (pdf copy)

Ministry for Culture and Heritage July 2012 press release about the discussion paper.

Avi Shoshani's report on the Orchestra Sector Review (word document).

2013 Update

The New Zealand Professional Orchestra Sector Review final report was released in February 201

If you would like to know more about each orchestra in scope of the review please follow the links:


Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Orchestra Wellington

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

Southern Sinfonia

Updated on 23rd July 2015