Julia Black receiving the ONZM for the late Malcolm Black, for services to the music industry
Malcolm Black was the lead singer and songwriter with the Netherworld Dancing Toys in the 1980s. He then became the first dedicated specialist music lawyer in New Zealand, representing the majority of active New Zealand artists. He was a key advisor on the establishment and review of the ‘New Zealand on Air’ music scheme. He was the Director of Artist and Repertoire for Sony Music in New Zealand, helping develop the international careers of Bic Runga, Brooke Fraser and Che Fu. He chaired the Music Industry Export Development group. He established Les Mills Music Licencing, which supplies Les Mills International with music across 18,000 fitness clubs in 80 countries. Mr Black was the New Zealand writer representative on the Board of Directors of the Australasian Performing Right Association.