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Support CTOA's Covid 19 Emergency Appeal

$750 of $60,000 goal

Given by 14 generous donors in 16 days


We need your support to enable CTOA to continue our work supporting, connecting and developing Aotearoa's rangatahi.

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The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa provides a development programme for young New Zealanders that nurtures, empowers and gives lifelong musicianship skills through mentoring, personal development and training for future careers in the creative industries.

“I was really unhappy at school and didn’t enjoy any of the subjects or teachers. Looking back on school I didn’t feel understood or seen. I began mentorship with Dave Atai at the Trust and found something I could put myself into, something I did well at, I turned up 100% and developed as a musician and person. I learnt loads of other skills and helped the trust with event management for performances. At the Crescendo Trust I felt like what I did meant something. I was always encouraged to do more, get more involved and I did." Amelia (CTOA Mentee)

Some of CTOA success stories include NZ Music Awards finalists, Church and AP. Gino October who has been signed to def jam/Universal. Liana Frangipani, Village. 90, Fredd the Ruinest, Disciple Pati, Revere3, all of whom have been nominated for Pacific music awards or have had their music played on the radio.

When Covid 19 hit New Zealand and the country moved into lockdown, CTOA had to adapt immediately and transition all our mentoring programmes online. Our work and connection has become more important than ever as we work to reduce isolation, give hope, focus, structure and alleviate fears in these uncertain times.

"We have made observations that young people we work with have felt isolated and alone. Through technology and the work of our mentors, we have alleviated the isolation and helped our young people feel connected and safe. Remote educating and mentoring has enabled our community and carried us through these difficult times." Marcus Powell (CEO)

Our events team has pulled together a Virtual Jam Cellar, showcasing the amazing talent of our rangatahi. This live event is held every Friday night at 7pm on Facebook, broadcast from our young peoples homes.

"We've been running virtual shows and workshops, not just for the chance to upskill and perform, but to make sure the rangatahi feel supported and part of a community." Dominic Hoey (Events and Comms Mentor) 

Now, more than ever, our young people need us and we need you.  We are facing alarming reductions in grant funding options and the competitive nature of remaining funds mean that this will get only harder as time goes by. We need more than ever to continue to support or rangatahi to ensure we take care of their wellbeing, giving structure and opportunities for their development.

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About us

The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa provides programmes for young people that nurtures, empowers and gives lifelong skills through mentoring, personal development, and training in music across all genres.

Use of funds

The funds will be used to cover costs to ensure our mentoring programmes can continue. This including paying our mentors, providing equipment and assisting to reduce barriers to ensure all young people can participate.

Latest donations

  • Nui Kakahu

    Nui Kakahu 20 hours ago


    Hey guys keep up the awesome work you do.


    • Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

      Kia ora, thank you so much for your support of CTOA!

  • Paul

    Paul 1 day ago


    Keep up the good work.


    • Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

      Thanks Paul for your support of CTOA!

  • Robyn & Wayne

    Robyn & Wayne 4 days ago


    You guys rock! So grateful for all you do for NZs budding musicians. Eternally grateful for the inspiration, support and opportunities you share with Jaz.


    • Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

      Kia ora Robyn & Wayne. A heartfelt thank you from CTOA for your generous donation to support our work.

  • Melanie

    Melanie 7 days ago


    Totally tautoko your mahi!! Seen the empowerment in the rangatahi you support.


    • Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

      Kia ora Melanie, thanks so much for your support!

  • Nais

    Nais on 14 May 2020




    • Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

      Thanks so much for the donation and support of CTOA

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