Patrons, Trustees and Staff



Neil Finn

New Zealand’s favourite troubadour, Neil Finn is a unique songwriter, a craftsman who writes deceptively simple lyrics full of warmth and emotion.

His career includes some of bands that have shaped New Zealand’s soundtrack both here and around the world – Spilt Enz, The Mullanes, Crowded House, Finn Brothers, The Pajama Club, a collaboration with son Liam and most recently, Fleetwood Mac.



Lorde is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, born and raised on Auckland’s North Shore, and possessed of a singular ability to capture majesty and mundanity in striking melodic snapshots that belie her age and experience.

Lorde’s music melds concentrated, sharp-eyed lyrics and multi-layered vocals with crisp beatscapes. Amidst a world of calculating contest winners, manufactured show ponies and cheap knock offs – Lorde is a true original.



Campbell Smith – Chair

Founder, CRS Group

Campbell Smith is an artist manager and concert promoter.

As a music lawyer, industry executive and founder of CRS Music Management, CRS Records and CRS Presents, Campbell is one of New Zealand’s most experienced music business practitioners. He has guided some of the country’s most successful artists including Brooke Fraser, the Naked and Famous, Bic Runga, Nathan Haines, Scribe and Stellar to local and international success. Campbell was the promoter of the Auckland Big Day Out and is the promoter of Auckland City Limits Music Festival. Between 2005 and 2011 Campbell served as the CEO of the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, working to protect and enhance the rights of recording artists and labels.


Anthony Healey – Deputy Chair | Secretary

Director of NZ Operations, APRA|AMCOS

APRA|AMCOS’s objective is to ensure composers/songwriters and publishers are rewarded whenever, and wherever, their musical works are played, performed or reproduced and help New Zealand ensure music users get access to the world’s musical repertoire. Through its music grants program APRA support a number of music organisations and are a founding supporter of MusicHelps.

Anthony is also the chair of the New Zealand Copyright Council and a trustee of the Centre for NZ Music. He has extensive experience as a lawyer in the entertainment and copyright industry and has wide knowledge of the many aspects the music business.


Lynda Parsons – Treasurer

Director, Entertainment Accounting Services

Lynda Parsons has worked within the music industry for over twenty years and is the sole director of Entertainment Accounting Services. The firm is based in Auckland and specialises in accounting and taxation for clients in the music, film and entertainment industry here in New Zealand as well as overseas. Lynda has worked with chartered accountancy firms in Sydney & Auckland and as many of her clients are very successful in the music industry overseas, Lynda works regularly at an international level as well as looking after many local homegrown musicians.


Cath Andersen

Chief Executive, NZ Music Commission

Cath Andersen is the chief executive of the NZ Music Commission – a government funded arts agency that undertakes projects in New Zealand and abroad to assist contemporary popular NZ music businesses.  The Music Commission runs the annual celebration NZ Music Month, funds international projects through the Outward Sound programme, has a host of resources and services available to support musicians and industry professionals; and also works with the Ministry of Education to deliver New Zealand music programmes into schools.

Cath has previously worked as an artist manager, and a tour promoter and booking agent for both international and NZ bands.


In memoriam: Malcolm Black, 1961 – 2019

Chairman Les Mills Music Ltd, Director APRA

Malcolm Black worked in the music industry for his entire career, initially as a musician and then as a music lawyer and a record company executive. He served as Chairman of Les Mills Music Licensing Ltd and as APRA’s New Zealand writer director representative on the APRA Board. Malcolm had a passion for the welfare of kiwi music people, a powerful belief in the power of music to help & heal those in need in Aotearoa and was a tireless Trustee of MusicHelps. He is greatly missed. Era i roto i te rangimarie.


Adam Holt

Chairman, Universal Music NZ

Adam Holt is the chairman of Universal Music New Zealand and is a director of Recorded Music New Zealand.

In 2001, Adam was appointed managing director of Universal Music NZ and has been at the centre of the significant transformational change that the music industry has experienced through into his current role. He has worked closely with a number of great New Zealand artists who have enjoyed strong success both domestically and internationally.

As a director of Recorded Music New Zealand, Adam is a strong advocate for the promotion of New Zealand artists and for the New Zealand music industry.


Don McGlashan

Songwriter, performer, artist

Don McGlashan is one of New Zealand’s best-known songwriters, with 5 entries in APRA’s 100 best NZ songs of all time. He was awarded the Silver Scroll twice for “Anchor Me” in 1994 and “Bathe In The River” in 2006. He lead iconic band The Mutton Birds for most of the 90s, relocating with the group to London for the latter half of that time. Their third album “Envy Of Angels” made the UK Sunday Times ten best albums list in 1996.

Don has also won numerous awards for his film and TV writing. In 2001 he was awarded the Auckland University Literary Fellowship for his song writing, and he was made a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate in 2002.


Teresa Patterson

Teresa Patterson has been involved in the music industry for nearly 25 years and has been managing artists for over 15 years. Some of the artists she has worked with include Scribe, Blindspott, Elemeno P, I Am Giant, Six60, Iva Lamkum and Julia Deans. Teresa was the marketing and PR manager on the Big Day Out for 10 years and more recently Auckland City Limits. She has also been chairperson of the NZ Music Managers Forum for 14 years. Teresa has won several awards including Industry Champion in 2016 her NZ MMF work, Manager of the Year, Best Independent Tour and International Achievement.


Damian Vaughan

CEO, Recorded Music NZ

Damian Vaughan is the chief executive of Recorded Music NZ. He has many years’ experience in music licensing with lengthy stints at APRA/AMCOS and PRS For Music in the UK. Adding to his strong music licensing background, Damian has been business development manager for Independent Music New Zealand and has also worked for Kog Transmissions, a leading independent label.

Recorded Music NZ is the industry representation and licensing organisation for recording artists and their labels. Through its Music Grants programme, Recorded Music NZ supports a range of educational projects across the music industry and around New Zealand. Through this programme, it is also proud to support the activities and operations of MusicHelps.


Barbara Ward

Barbara Ward is a community activist with a history in fundraising and has a long term involvement in the NZ music industry.

Along with Campbell Smith and Hinewehi Mohi she was a founding member of the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, serving on the Board from 2003 till 2009. She currently serves on the Board of the Flying Nun Foundation. Barbara is also a member of the NZ Fabian Society organising committee.



Peter Dickens – General Manager

Peter Dickens started in radio in Wellington before moving to programme production including a number of iconic NZ music radio initiatives for NZ on Air. After taking a short break to see the world, Peter entered the world of charities and not-for-profit organisations in the United Kingdom and stayed for over a decade. Now back in the country, he is using his knowledge of charities and philanthropic organisations as well his understanding of the unique place music holds in NZ to develop the work of the charity.

Contact Peter at MusicHelps by phone on 09 623 4728.

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Rennie Cox – / +64 9 303 4089
P O Box 6647, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141, New Zealand