Rebecca Caughey

BLAKE Leader 2008

Managing Director, Funktion Music.

Rebecca won the Blake Leader Award at the young age of 26. Rebecca founded Funktion Music, her music management company, at the age of 19 while still at University.

Funktion grew out of a love for New Zealand music and started from the humble beginnings of organising jazz gigs. It has grown to include handling the world-wide management of local musicians Shapeshifter and Ladi6, both of whom have achieved substantial success at home and internationally. Rebecca is also a leading music industry publicist working with top New Zealand acts including Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn and Brooke Fraser, and internationals like Public Enemy and Jimmy Barnes during their respective New Zealand tours.

Rebecca has worked in various facets of the music industry – she performed at the 2000 Monterey Jazz Festival in San Francisco, and conceived and produced the successful Triumph CD compilation for The Breast Cancer Research Trust. Rebecca has an honours degree in Art History and in 2004 was inducted into the NZ Young Enterprise Scheme Hall of Talent. Rebecca has actively contributed to the music industry through her membership of the Music Managers’ Forum and the music industry seminars she conducts around the country. She demonstrates leadership through her balanced approach to her clients, who are often many years older, and her belief in the role that music plays in people’s lives.