The Flying Nun Foundation has announced an oral history project "Flying Nun Women : Dunedin 1980s - 1990s". They have raised $11,000 for this project, but need a little more to fully complete it. More details below.
The Flying Nun Foundation is separate (but related and supported by) the Flying Nun record label. It was formed by a group of people with a long association to the label to respond to the real concern that much of the Flying Nun Material is at risk of being lost or deteriorating beyond repair and needs to be preserved and archived so that its importance as part of the Flying Nun history and contribution can be identified. You can find out more on their website HERE.
Below is the announcement via The Flying Nun Foundation:
"What Was That Thing You Said? Brilliant news for you and us! The Flying Nun Foundation
(FNF) is delighted to invite you to help with a project that will help NZ and beyond understand how Flying Nun changed the course of music in New Zealand and its’ influence around the world.
We at the FNF have been working hard on a establishing, what we hope will be the first steps towards having a far reaching Flying Nun oral history available for everyone.
Who better to tell us how it all happened from the ground up than the very people in the Flying Nun scene.
We know that there is much already written about Flying Nun and the various bands/individuals but there is something incredibly powerfully compelling hearing first hand a persons voice telling of their own journey in music - creating the very fabric of our music scene in NZ.
So we are so very pleased to let you know that the FNF is commissioning a pilot oral history project - Flying Nun Women : Dunedin 1980s - 1990s.
We feel it is important that you know about it as we it kick it off. This pilot project will involve substantial oral history interviews with 3 women musicians involved in the Dunedin post punk music scene 1980s-1990s, and recorded by the Flying Nun label. The interviews will be recorded primarily for archival purposes.
This project builds on the Dunedin Double EP oral history project, by further exploring women's experience of music making in Dunedin during the early period of the Flying Nun label. Interviewees will also be invited to select and talk about personal objects / memorabilia which they feel relate to their musical lives thus adding another dimension to the project.
This is a $12,000 project which will cover the costs of hiring a professional oral historian, photographer as well as other associated expenses. So far the Foundation has raised $11,000 - this is where you might come in!
We’re hoping we can raise this remainder from within our Flying Nun Foundation/Flying Nun whanau.
All contributions will be so gratefully received – no matter how small or large!
You can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text Francisca on 0274834707 and we will give you the details.
Please get in touch if this sounds like something you'd like to support or would like some more information about.
We look forward to bringing this project to you."