The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

We are a not-for-profit Charitable Trust registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission.


The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa provides a development programme that nurtures, empowers and gives lifelong transferable skills to young people who may otherwise fall through the gaps of traditional education.  Via mentoring, personal development and training in music, film, photography, media and communication, the programme enables young people to rise above the cycles of poverty and abuse. The Trust provides them with a place of belonging, supports them to undertake education and employment, and allows them to engage in creative and meaningful futures

What we do:

The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa offers young people the opportunity to work along side industry professionals.

We use music, film/photography, media and communications as a vehicle to reconnect and re-engage our young people with themselves, their communities and back into employment, education and training.

We register our young people with the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) which means they receive income from live performance, radio, television and the internet.

We offer extensive training programmes in the above modalities and use industry standard *software programs which are also taught within the training programmes.

Pro Tools,

Logic X,

Adobe Lightroom,

Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Illustrator,

Adobe Premiere,

Adobe After Effects

Adobe Speed Grade

Our training programmes are aligned with NZQA standards  and award 26 NCEA credits to students training.

Songwriting, Music Theory, Instrument Knowledge, Music Technology, Song Arrangement, Sound Wave Theory and Perception, Production, The recording Process and Audio Engineering, Live Sound, Live Performance , Event Management, Music Legalities, Literacy and Numeracy skills through Biography writing, Merchandise production and development, Radio Broadcasting through Rawkus Radio (, Community Events and Social Media are all things our young people learn about. We use the Canon 5D mark III camera to teach film and photography.




Marcus Powell has over 15 years experience in the music industry. He is a 2 x triple platinum selling artist with the band “Blindspott” (recently reformed under the name “Blacklistt”). Also formed recently the band “All My Brothers”. Studied at MAINZ, a qualified engineer, Marcus has had experience with international producers, engineers and songwriters and has created a young artist and band development programme to help youth achieve their dreams through the skills he has obtained.


David Atai is a founding member of Nesian Mystik. Nesian Mystik is Polynesian culture merged with RnB, Hip Hop and Reggae. From feel good club hits to conscious political messages.  The diversity Nesian Mystik harnesses creates a sound that is uniquely their own, better know as “NESIAN” combining rap, soulful harmonies, scratching, and guitaring that has become their signature. David  is one of the main songwriters and is a successful producer in the NZ industry who brings his years of experience to the CTOA.


Bridgette Franklin – Chairman

Petrina George – Secretary

Juan Powell – Treasurer

Ben Stevens

Henri Elliot – Patron

Ann Tod – Accountant at KPMG