2004 Recipient - Radio New Zealand Concert

“Concert FM is a national treasure. Their commitment to producing quality programmes that feature New Zealand music is a vital contribution to the celebration and archiving of our cultural identity”
Arts Foundation Governor, Lloyd Williams

On Wednesday 10th November 2004, the Arts Foundation announced that Concert FM (now Radio New Zealand Concert) was the second recipient of its Governors’ Award.

From its beginnings as the YC stations in the 50’s, Concert FM has concentrated on providing high quality material in the audio arts, and specialist programmes that are not presented on other broadcasting outlets.  Arts Foundation Governors recognised the significant contribution that Concert FM has made to this country in supporting, encouraging and promoting New Zealand composers, musicians, writers and actors at a national level. 

The Arts Foundation also acknowledged Concert FM’s contribution to the arts through its recording collaborations and the Douglas Lilburn Prize.

At the time, Radio New Zealand Chief Executive, Peter Cavanagh, emphasised the importance of the award for Concert FM  “Concert FM plays a significant part in the cultural life of this country and we are thrilled that the network has been honoured by the Arts Foundation. This award recognises our commitment to New Zealand music and reflects increasing public recognition apparent in the significant audience growth the network has experienced over the past twelve months.  Quality music is alive and well on Concert FM."

“The Arts are an important part of New Zealand society” added Concert FM Group Music Manager Miles Rogers “and we greatly admire the work that the Arts Foundation is doing to support, encourage and honour those involved.”