Play It Strange

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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 evolution.

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2016 Play It Strange Album

A mix of Lion Foundation finalists with Peace Song, Vector Wero and Get Connected Songwriting Competition winners

Competitions

100 Piano Project

Entries are open!
Closing date is Friday 20th October 2017.

Play It Strange with Huawei presents The 100 Piano Project. We are giving away 100 Pianos to  100 Kiwi Schools with Primary and/or Intermediate school students Years 1 to 8 in the decile range 1-7

This competition seeks collaboration, team work and creativity.

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Strange Art Competition

Entries are open!
Closing date is Friday 27th October 2017.

Play It Strange presents a Cover Art competition to celebrate all creatives at New Zealand Secondary Schools. 

This competition seeks an Album Artwork Cover for the front of the 2017 Play It Strange Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition.
This piece of Album Artwork can be as creative and unique as you want it to be.

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Vector Wero Songwriting Competition

CLOSED FOR ENTRIES.

Play It Strange with Vodafone Events Centre and Vector Wero presents a songwriting competition to celebrate the new Vector Wero Whitewater Park. 
This competition seeks songs with lyrics embodying a focus on accepting positive challenges and overcoming obstacles.
For all  intermediate and primary school students in the Auckland region only.

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Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition

2017 FINALISTS chosen for professional recording sessions are now posted.
Recording information available this week.

Click on ‘Read More' below for the full list including the winner and the PWC School of the Year award.

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Peace Song Competition

CLOSED FOR ENTRIES.
The Winners have been announced.

This competition seeks songs with the lyrics embodying a focus on Peace.
N.B. We are unable to offer the Hiroshima Exchange prizes this year.

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Who Loves Who Competition

CLOSED FOR ENTRIES.
The Winner and all Finalists have been announced.
For all secondary school students in NZ.
The competition is judged based on the originality of the cover you choose to rearrange and sing, written and performed by a kiwi artist.
Supported by a Music Grant from Recorded Music NZ.

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Save Our Songs

Read the article on The Spinoff about songwriting here.

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Songwriting is now an NCEA achievement standard

Songwriting will be offered as Level 3 NCEA achievement standard beginning 2017 - a victory!

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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Get Involved

Strange Friends

Patrons, Strange Friend Stars and our Strange Friends are a crucial and valuable community that support us.

We would love you to come on board.
All donations are tax deductible.

If you are interested in becoming a Platinum Patron or Strange Friends Star or indeed support Play It Strange in any way please give us a call, we would love to catch up and talk.

Email Us(09) 377 7919

Songwriting at University of Waikato

University of Waikato have completed their first Songwriting paper

University of Waikato summer paper ‘Introduction To SONGWRITING’ has just finished.
Students have finalised the tracking of their two songs and the results are very cool.

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I Know This To Be True was conceived and assembled by Geoff Blackwell of PQ Blackwell, and Ric Salizzo. It is a book about truth, beauty and wisdom. "Sixty New Zealanders in the middle of interesting lives talk about what really matters, truth and beauty, and the things they hold dear to their hearts."

Royalties from the book sales will be forwarded to PLAY IT STRANGE to further their website and school programmes.

I Know This To Be True is an incredible collection of New Zealanders discussing what it is that is important to them. PQ Blackwell have generously donated all profits from book sales to Play It Strange. We cannot thank them enough for their support of Play It Strange, and we are so grateful to be part of such a rich, inspiring project.

The book is available for purchase from any good book store in New Zealand and online. Go and get one and enjoy!

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.

Alumni

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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Feedback

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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We Are One

A Concert for Autism

Watch Seven Sharp's story on our WE ARE ONE - Concert for Autism here

Photo GalleryNZ Musician Magazine Review

Thanks to our incredible supporters

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