Arthur Baysting


Arthur Baysting is a article writer, producer and kids’s advocate. He was raised in Nelson and today lives in Auckland along with his partner, designer Jean Clarkson. They possess two grown-up kids.

Early career

Through the 1990s onward, Baysting became popular for his advocacy of NZ music. Before this he proved helpful being a journalist, scriptwriter and operate comedian.In Australia, his children's tunes, co-written with Peter Dasent, have grown to be well-known through the ABC display Play College and recordings from the singer and its own host Justine Clarke.Early in his writing career Baysting was a journalist using the magazine NZ Listener and published books of poetry. In 1977, Baysting (with Ian Mune) published the screenplay for Roger Donaldson’s feature film Sleeping Canines, a film acknowledged with kick-starting the present day NZ film market. He also collaborated with Donaldson around the series, Winners and Losers, and with Mune, around the kids’s tv serial, The Mad Doggie Gang.


Baysting and his partner became people of the choice theater group Red Mole because of their seven-month season in Wellington's Carmen's Balcony. Baysting was the cabaret's MC and his personality, Neville Purvis, became among New Zealand's early operate comedians. Purvis afterwards starred in his very own tv series, The Neville Purvis Family members Show. This finished controversially in 1979 with Purvis apologising for the poor vocabulary in the series and adding, "at least we under no circumstances stated f**k," thus becoming the initial person to state the forbidden phrase on NZ tv. Following problems to the authorities, and media promotion for this event, free-lance function was scarce, and in 1980 Baysting and Clarkson relocated to Sydney. While in Australia he was authorized to Mushroom Music Posting, later moving administration of his repertoire to Source Music.The couple moved back again to NZ in 1985 where Baysting wrote scripts for the production company The Gibson Group, like the satirical sketch series Public Eye as well as the tele-feature Undercover (having a extremely young Cliff Curtis).He worked for quite some time in the Auckland Medical College, with Action about Cigarette smoking and Health (ASH) and through this met Labour back-bencher Helen Clark and became her electorate press secretary. Later on (with Dyan Campbell and Margaret Dagg) he edited Producing Policy Not really Tea (Oxford University or college Press), a publication of interviews with ladies MPs.For just two years in the first '90s Baysting was Chief executive from the NZ Writers Guild and in 1992, he was elected NZ Writer/Director around the Board from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), your body run by songwriters to license music and distribute music royalties.Over another 18 years, as APRA director, Baysting became involved with several cultural initiatives, notably the Green Ribbon campaign. This brought collectively industry groups such as for example SPADA, APRA, the Writers Guild, the Director's Guild, WIFT, the Experts Guild yet others to collectively lobby politicians for better gain access to for NZ development. The 1999 Endangered Types meeting bought in professionals from Ireland and Australia and place the problem of regional radio and tv content to the political agenda.Green Ribbon lobbied to get more regional content on tv, to get a 20% quota for NZ music in commercial radio, to get a Music Commission as well as for a noncommercial nationwide radio network for teenagers. They were effective with the initial three goals (even though the 20% music quota can be a "voluntary focus on"). The youngsters radio effort was vigorously compared by industrial radio rather than eventuated.In 2001, for his use the Green Ribbon campaign, Baysting received the inaugural SPADA/On Film Industry Champ award. The advertising campaign discovered an ally in Helen Clark who continued to be the initial NZ Perfect Minister to carry the arts collection and who ushered in an extraordinary period in New Zealand's ethnic development. In the same season Baysting and Mike Chunn created the Nature's Greatest collection of the very best 30 tracks voted for by APRA people and various other music luminaries. Released by Sony Music, it became the largest-selling NZ compilation and was accompanied by several effective follow-up releases.In 2001 Baysting became co-director, with Cath Andersen, from the newly established Music Industry Commission payment. He later shifted into the function of Project Movie director before departing the NZMIC in 2006.In 2008, Baysting and his family travelled to Tahiti, where his partner Jean Clarkson was section of an organization exhibition by women descendants from the Tahitians who sailed to Pitcairn Island using the Bounty mutineers. He produced a documentary of the Tahiti visit, known as The ‘Ahu Sistas, which informed the women's part of this popular tale. He also co-wrote tunes with Pitcairn Islander Meralda Warren for the Compact disc Pitcairn Island Tunes.In 2008, Baysting helped setup the annual APRA Children's Music Awards and in 2005/06 he was around the originating committee for the 1st New Zealand Ukulele Festival, now a favorite annual event featuring over 3,000 youthful ukulele players.In 2012, Penguin/Viking Australia posted the children's book, The Gobbledygook is Feeding on a Book, compiled by Baysting and Justine Clarke. This is shortlisted for Greatest Children's Publication in the Australian publication awards and offers since been translated and released in France.Baysting has turned into a respected songwriter dealing with many collaborators in a number of genres. Artists who've recorded his tunes consist of Al Hunter, Alex Papps, Anne Kirkpatrick, Bamboo, Beaver, Boh Runga, the Cafe in the Gate of Salvation, Che Fu, the Crocodiles, Chanelle Davis, Dragon, Fane Defects, Forbidden Joe, Glenn Moffat, Warm Cafe, I Am Joe's Music, Jenny Morris, Ruler Kapisi, Kokomo, Linn Lorkin, the Living Hamsters, Marg Layton, Midge Marsden, Neville Purvis, Tony Backhouse as well as the Umbrellas. Along with his long-time collaborator Expenses Lake he offers created for the Pelicans as well as the Windy Town Strugglers, Lake's nation blues band, who've twice won Greatest Folk Recording in the NZ music honours. Shaped in 1968 the Strugglers had been the main topic of the 2008 Costa Botes documentary Struggle FORGET ABOUT.In 2011, he and Strugglers' bass participant Nick Bollinger produced Shoebox Like Tracks, a CD of traditional Rarotongan love tracks by Can Crummer, featuring his daughter Annie. In 2013 and 2014 he was a part-time carer for his friend, heart stroke survivor Chris Knox.On the 2013 Silver Scroll Awards, Lorde's manufacturer and co-writer Joel Little paid tribute to Baysting for helping at various levels in his job you start with a songwriting workshop at his college when Little was a decade old.In 2013, Justine Clarke's Small DAY TRIP, featuring his tracks earned Best Children's Record on the Australian ARIA music industry awards. In 2014 he received a platinum record for 70,000 product sales of Clarke's Compact disc, I love to Sing.He's a full-time songwriter and frequently will group songwriting workshops and mentoring with instructors and young music artists.