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Bayleys Tussock Country Festival is a vibrant, ten-day music festival that incorporates over sixty events and attracts over 10,000 attendees to the small rural town of Gore. The festival celebrates the broad spectrum of country music in Aotearoa and is now recognised as one of Southland’s major events, economically impacting the region to the tune of approximately $2M million per annum (based on economic impact statement from the recent 2023 festival). In addition to its patrons, the festival support crews and technicians, approximately 250 volunteers/community group members and approximately 175 associated artists make the Festival happen.


The Festival is governed by the New Zealand Country Music Festival Trust; a board of dedicated volunteer members. The Board is seeking expressions of interest for new trustees to join the team.

We’re looking for people with a love of community and country music who can help us continue our mission to make Bayley’s Tussock Country Festival the premier event on New Zealand’s Country Music calendar.


Our ideal applicants will bring some, or all, of the following attributes/experience to our Board table:


Festival management
Financial management
Music Industry knowledge (management, industry associations or being an artist!)
Festival and digital marketing
HR/People management
Local knowledge
Sponsorship and fundraising
Capacity to attend and support some, or all, festival activities
 annually in May/June.

Please complete the below form before 5pm November 26th 2023.

Chairman Jeff Rea can be contacted on 027 222 9774 to answer any queries. 

Thanks for your application! We'll be in touch soon.

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