E9 -We Hold Up Half The Sky with Buzz and Kay Bidstrup

New Zealand songstress, Aly Cook, Australian Rock Music legend Buzz Bidstrup and Lyricist Kay Bidstrup are the co-writers for the single We Hold Up Half The Sky a song based on the book Half the Sky by Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn – Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Read More

E8: Bec Scott – STREAT

https://youtu.be/Uq8t39xRglw Nichola Burton interviewed Bec Scott on the Music Real E133 We were  so impressed by Bec, the co-founder & CEO of STREAT, Bec Scott that we wanted to feature her interview here on Ahead... Read More

E 3: Dr John Demartini

Excerpt from John’s Interview Nichola Burton: Its my great honor and privilege to be interviewing dr. John Demartini today. Now, John is a human behavior specialist. He’s a leadership and performance expert. He’s an author... Read More


Aly and Nicki are our Trans Tasman team who regularly head up global panels to talk all things recovery.

Aly Cook

Aly Cook is a New Zealand based Multi award-winning recording artist with a deep passion for all things musical. She is a consummate songwriter and performer, who has taken her music to the world, delighting audiences wherever she roams and carving a career as a respected live performer. With a power house vocal and a maturity to bring out the best in her voice Aly's style site across Country Blues and Roots. She has used her vast entrepreneurial experience to crowd fund all of her recordings to date and also dedicated much of her life to furthering the careers of other independent artists as free lance publicist. She has twice been a finalist for NEXT New Zealand Woman of the Year in 2011 & 2016 for her contribution to the Arts.

Nichola Burton

Nichola Burton started the Australian Music Agency, The Pushworth Group, in 1990. After 3 decades as the “Engine Room” producing a comprehensive Training, Business and Wellness program for Artists and managing the Pushworth business, Nicki has now produced and hosted 150 episodes of the Australian Music Industry podcast The Music Real since the lockdowns began in March 2020. A lifetime spent in the Music Industry as performer, writer, manager, producer agent, trainer and systems designer, Nicki produced Australia’s largest community music festival, the Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival 2009 – 2014. She mentors and coaches Music Artists in her Music Means Business programs and SME business owners in her Metriculous programs. Based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Nicki is a Mama, Lala, Dreamer, Adventurer, Creative, Philosopher and Advocate for Arts Economies across the globe.

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