About CANZ

Te Rōpū Kaitito Puoro o Aotearoa/The Composers Association of New Zealand is a non-profit organisation of mostly professional and amateur composers, as well as other supportive institutions. We are a charity and incorporated society. CANZ maintains contact with organisations such as SOUNZ, APOA, RNZ, CNZ, APRA, and the Government. CANZ is the New Zealand Section of two international new music networks: the Asian Composers League and the International Society for Contemporary Music. In this way we provide opportunities for international exposure to our members, and we ensure that there is a New Zealand presence at the festivals run by these organisations.

CANZ runs the CANZ Composers Workshop, an annual opportunity for composers to present and receive feedback on new pieces. We publish Canzonetta, a bi-monthly newsletter, which includes news, events, features and opportunities that relate to New Zealand composers. We make contributions to the composition community through our advocacy and behind-the-scenes work, such as writing letters of support for various projects, representing composers in the industry, and making submissions on items of policy, such as music curricula, arts programming, and industry funding. We provide a network of contacts for getting involved in the New Zealand composition community, as well as the wider international community of composers.


CANZ is a non-profit organisation, funded primarily by membership fees and registered with Charities Services. Donations can be made by direct credit to account 38-9011-0486094-00. To obtain a receipt, please contact the treasurer: treasurer@canz.net.nz