Play It Strange

Shining the spotlight on songs in schools

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Play It Strange shines the spotlight into NZ schools and brings into the light the great songs that are written there. Songwriting is a craft of the imagination and we believe that the creative environment surrounding songwriters should foster, expose and celebrate these songs. 

We run songwriting competitions with lyric, maori language, Peace Song awards and others alongside. And we record at least 40 finalists each year in professional recording studios. Songwriting, performance, and recording are the three pivots of our music tradition. 

We also have a Strange World website for secondary school students to listen, share, converse and be stimulated and inspired. Follow us on social media to be kept up to date with launch dates and details.

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strange friends

Patrons, Strange Friend Stars and our Strange Friends are a crucial and valuable community that support us. Open this page and see who they are. And we would love you to come on board. All donations are tax deductible.

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Young, Naive and Reckless

Lyrics by Grace Wood, winner of the 2015 Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition. Listen to it here.

"If I shut my eyes, I can see it clearer"

Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition

The Lion Foundation songwriting competition is open to all secondary school students in NZ. The words and music are judged equally.

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Peace Song Competition

This competition seeks songs written with the lyrics embodying a lyrical focus on Peace. The theme of peace and nonviolence may be interpreted broadly from inner personal peace, peace in the home and among families to peace between people of the world.

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Album up for downloading etc

Check out the mastered tracks from the 2016 WHO LOVES WHO 
Thanks to Recorded Music for their support.

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Vector Wero Songwriting Competition

Play It Strange with Vodafone Events Centre and Vector Wero presents a songwriting competition to celebrate the new Vector Wero Whitewater Park for school students, individuals and groups in the Auckland region.

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What we do

We do all sorts of cool projects

Play It Strange has worked for over 10 years, striving to provide secondary students with a platform they can use to pursue their musical adventures. We've held concerts, workshops and competitions, all with the intentions to provide the right environment from which students can gain confidence, self-belief and an impetus for a career path they would like to follow.

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Listen to more of our songs here

The songs on our Bandcamp are free to stream and download. Go crazy. They are there for your listening.


See what our Alumni are up to

Play It Strange songwriters that have had their songs recorded for the annual CD are making cool inroads out into the world. Their career paths were fuelled from their time at school during which they sent their songs into our competitions and triumphed.

Here we have a selection of those who hit the ground running when they left school. With songwriting, performance and recording experience they were capable and poised for action.

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Happy customers and clients

CUSTOMERS: Those philanthropic institutions, individuals, grants bodies and funding agencies. We applaud their generosity in supporting us and their focus on the benefits we bring to the society around us.

CLIENTS: The songwriters and performers that bring their imaginative craft and performing skills to bear and we are all rewarded. From the secondary school songwriting competitions to the recording sessions for the top 40 songs.

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Thanks to our incredible supporters