The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Incorporated is the premier association for entertainers and performing artists in this country. The club was formed in 1966 to foster the friendship and cooperation of its members and to promote goodwill in the entertainment industry. Based in Auckland, we have members from all over New Zealand and the world.
Our popular Meet ‘N’ Greet social evenings are held monthly and allow members to network in a friendly atmosphere and enjoy a wide variety of performances.
Our monthly membership magazine Inside Entertainment serves to keep us in touch with news and activities of our members here and around the world, along with regular articles about the history of variety entertainment in this country.
The highlight of our calendar is our annual Benny Awards Night. This is a black-tie event featuring performances by legends of New Zealand entertainment and the presentation of prestigious awards such as The Agnew Excellence Award, Top Variety Artist, Top Musician and the Rising Star Award.
The highest honour in the VAC is the Benny Award which is presented to those who have achieved a lifetime of excellence in the entertainment industry. Previous winners include icons of Kiwi entertainment such as Sir Howard Morrison, Dame Malvina Major, Rob Guest, Max Cryer, Gray Bartlett, Ray Columbus, Billy T. James and Larry Morris. The 2014 Benny Award recipient was Tina Cross ONZM.
New members are most welcome. Membership to the VAC is open to those with a connection to the entertainment industry – performers, musicians, actors, writers, agents, people involved with the technical aspects of production etc. We charge a small annual fee to help cover expenses. Members receive an open invitation to our monthly events, a subscription to Inside Entertainment magazine, advance-notice of our public events and concerts and a financial discount at supporting businesses.
For further information and your invitation to attend please get in contact with us.
Click here to download the VAC membership application form.
Full List of 2014 VAC Award Recipients
|Benny Award||Tina Cross ONZM|
|Agnew Award for Excellence||Edwina Thorne|
|Fullers Entertainment Award||Peter Van Gent|
|Pacific Entertainment Award for Top Female Vocalist||Lorde (Ella Yelich-O'Connor)|
|Pub Charity Top Male Artist Award||Lionel Reekie|
|Nostalgia Award||Bobbietta Fisher (posthumous)|
|Pat McMinn Rising Star Award||Alexandra Reekie|
|Rockin' The Planet Top Group Award||The Shadz|
|NZ Entertainment Academy Top Musician Award||James Doy|
|Rielly Comedy Award||James Nokise|
|Lou Clauson Top Variety Artist Award||Jarred Fell|
|Top Children's Entertainer Award (Sponsored by Royce Creamer)||Mick Peck|
|Unsung Hero Award||Tom Wills|
|VAC Scrolls of Honour||Paul Crowther |
Bernie and Rita Eva
Roger Hall CNZM, QSO
Click an award name for more information and a full list of recipients :
The Benny Award
VAC Scrolls of Honour
The Agnew Excellence Award
The Fullers Entertainment Award
The Pat McMinn Rising Star Award
The Rielly Comedy Award
Top Children’s Entertainer Award
Top Female Artist
Top Male Artist
Top Variety Artist