IGNITE engages young people aged 15-18 in Auckland with a passion for music in an industry specific training programme. The success of the pilot programme in 2016 led to many of its participants moving on to tertiary education and gaining work placements and internship opportunities across the industry. IGNITE is proud to confirm programme delivery in 2018 with a new intake for the Event Management stream offering a MAINZ Scholarship as well as a new pilot stream in Music Production.

The 12-week programme will also focus on the power of mentoring; offering participants aged 15-18 a very unique experience and hands-on approach and the opportunity to learn from the best. Participants will also attend various seminars, workshops and venue tours. Event Management participants will work towards producing a music-based event, with the Music Production participants producing a finished track by the end of the programme.


  • Established music industry professional paired up with participants as MENTORS to provide information, advice and guidance on an ongoing basis throughout the programme (one-on-one)
  • Event Management participants develop events further in groups and with previous graduates (peer to peer)

Seminars and Workshops

  • Invited professionals share expertise at IGNITE SEMINARS, also open to the public. Topics include event and tour management and marketing and aimed towards people venturing into events and tours for the first time, followed by workshops where participants will get feedback and advice on their events from the industry guests.
  • Guests from the production sector facilitates a hands-on Event Production workshop for participants to gain a base understanding of event production and learn basic sound setup skills


  • Gain practical experience volunteering and working at music events
  • Private tours of music venues to gain further insight


Event Management participants will work towards producing a music-based event, with the Music Production participants producing a finished track by the end of the 12-week programme, working under the guidance of their mentors, alongside the IGNITE team and with the assistance of the IGNITE Event Fund^.


All participants will reflect on their journey and learnings and present these to complete the programme.  One deserving Event Management graduate will be awarded the MAINZ Scholarship to study Diploma in Music and Event Management in 2019^^.


  • Event Management applications open Monday 12 February and close Sunday 11 March 6pm
  • Music Production applications open Wednesday 21 February and close Sunday 11 March 6pm
  • All applicants notified by Friday 16 March
  • Programme runs Saturday 7 April to Thursday 28 June (12 Weeks)


Saturday 7 April 2018 - Launch Day
11:00am - 2:30pm
MAINZ, 150 Victoria St, Auckland CBD
Intro & Programme Overview, Meet and Greet with Previous Graduates and Mentors, Group Meeting

Monday 23 April 2018 - Event Production Workshop & Venue Tours
10:30am - 4:00pm
MAINZ, 150 Victoria St, Auckland CBD
Event Production Workshop, Group Meeting, Tour of Music Venues

Saturday 5 May 2018 - IGNITE Seminars & Workshops
10:30am - 4:00pm
Venue TBC, Auckland CBD
Event Management Seminar & Workshop, Marketing and Publicity Seminar & Workshop

Thursday 28 June 2018 - Presentations & Graduation
5:00pm - 7:30pm
MAINZ, 150 Victoria St, Auckland CBD
Final Presentations & Graduation

There are 10 Event Management placements and 3 Music Production placements available for 2018 and there is no cost to participate in the programme.

Any questions? Check out our FAQs or contact us at Applications to apply for the 2018 Programme are now closed. Sign up to our Newsletter to be updated on the programme.

^ IGNITE Event Fund crowdfunded by the IGNITE Team and participants
^^ Must meet the entry criteria. Visit MAINZ for more info