IGNITE Event Series a Big Success with Thousands Raised for Charities

Event Management participants of the IGNITE Programme successfully ran a series of all ages shows in Auckland, generating more than $3,000 in donations for charities NZ Music Foundation, Youthline, Mental Health Foundation and Rainbow Youth.

We spotlight one of these special events that donated to the NZ Music Foundation.

Presentation of the donation to the NZ Music Foundation
Lara Marie (Event Management), Peter Dickens (NZ Music Foundation),
Savina Fountain (IGNITE Founder), Rhiannon Williams (Event Management)

Small Stage, Big Sound’, which was held on June 16 at Ellen Melville Centre, was organised by 15-year old Lara Marie and 16-year old Rhiannon Williams. Both were participants in IGNITE’s Event Management stream. With support from their mentors and the IGNITE team, they ran a successful show with a stellar line-up performing to a sold out crowd. The event turned a profit of $1,244.14 which was all donated to the NZ Music Foundation.

“It’s an incredible amount to have raised at any show, let alone an all ages show as they can be quite expensive to put on.” says Savina Fountain, the founder of the IGNITE Programme. “It’s a real testamant to the hard work that Lara and Rhiannon put into this event, and all of the amazing artists and fans that supported.”

Small Stage, Big Sound’ was one of the four all-ages events held throughout June as part of the learning outcome of the IGNITE Programme, with the support of event partners Ellen Melville Centre and Eleven Audio.

IGNITE Programme is a not-for-profit organisation, providing free and unique 12-week programmes in Event Management and Music Production for participants aged 15-18. Participants are guided by industry mentors and further upskill at seminars, workshops, venue tours and hands-on experience opportunities and put the experience and skills learnt to produce a music-based event or a produce a song by the end of the programme.

IGNITE Event Management participants Lara & Rhiannon
before the doors opened at their event at the Ellen Melville Centre

All of the artists that performed at ‘Small Stage, Big Sound’ were positive about their experience.

Kris Raven from one of the headliners, Coridian, says: “I was blown away by the young organisers and smooth running of this show, better than some of the bigger pro shows we have been a part of.”

He also showed his support for IGNITE. “I just wish such a programme existed when I was younger. In a day and age where so many bands and artists are self-managed, to run a show smoothly and book everything right it so important and if bands ran shows like this normally it would be too easy!”

Savina proudly states, “The IGNITE Event Series is not only empowering and upskilling the next generation of event managers, we are creating authentic all ages shows, providing key performance opportunities for NZ artists and creating a community of music fans.”

All proceeds from the events are donated to a charity of the event organisers’ choice and Peter Dickens, the General Manager of the NZ Music Foundation,was grateful to be the chosen charity for ‘Small Stage, Big Sound’.

“The work our charity does is only possible with the support of amazing individuals like Lara and Rhiannon and of organisations like IGNITE, and we’re very grateful for their incredible efforts. This sellout show was a fitting testament to the personal qualities Lara and Rhiannon brought to the event themselves and proof also of the unique skills they were able to gain through the mentoring provided on this amazing programme. All of the money they have raised will go directly to our work providing emergency assistance to kiwi music people doing it tough and also to support projects around the country that use music to positively impact the lives of people in need.”

Learn more about the NZ Music Foundation.