The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand
is the premier association for entertainers and performing artists in this country.

We were formed in 1966 to foster the friendship and cooperation of members and to promote goodwill in the entertainment industry.

Although based in Auckland we are proud to have a membership spanning across New Zealand and the world.

Our popular monthly social evenings allow members to network and showcase a wide variety of entertainment.

Regular performances of The Amazing VAC Variety Show provide a public showcase of our members.

Our monthly membership magazine Inside Entertainment serves to keep us in touch with news and activities of VAC members along with profiles and articles about the history of variety entertainment in this country.

The highlight of our calendar is the annual Benny Award Evening.  This is a black-tie event featuring performances by legends of New Zealand entertainment and the presentation of prestigious industry awards such as our Scrolls of Honour, The Agnew Award for Excellence, Top Variety Artist, Top Musician and the Rising Star Award.

The highest honour bestowed by the Variety Artists Club is the Benny Award, which is presented annually for a lifetime of excellence in the entertainment industry.

Previous recipients of the Benny read like a who’s who of New Zealand entertainment and include icons such as Sir Howard Morrison, Ray Columbus, John Rowles, Dame Malvina Major, Billy T. James, Tina Cross, Suzanne Prentice and others.

New members to the VAC are most welcome.

Membership is open to those with a connection to the entertainment industry – performers, musicians, actors, writers, agents, those 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 our monthly membership magazine Inside Entertainment, advance-notice of our public events and concerts and a financial discount at supporting businesses.

For further information please get in contact with a member of the committee.

Click here to download the VAC membership application form.

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Full List of 2017 VAC Award Recipients

Benny AwardKevin Greaves
Agnew Award for ExcellenceBruce King
Fullers Entertainment AwardGreg Peacocke
Limelight Productions International Achievement AwardRhys Darby
Pacific Entertainment Award for Top Female Vocalist Lavina Williams
Pub Charity Top Male Artist Award Paul Town-Treweek
Nostalgia AwardBilly Karaitiana (AKA Billy Kristian)
Pat McMinn Rising Star Award Jenny Mitchell
Stage & Screen Travel Top Group Award The Lady Killers
NZEA Top Musician AwardKen Strong
Rielly Comedy Award Penny Ashton
Lou Clauson Top Variety Artist Award Steve Larkins - Mercury Rising
Top Children's Entertainer Award (Sponsored by Royce Creamer)Andy Wonder
Unsung Hero Award Ruth Gould
VAC Scrolls of HonourTim Beveridge
John Callesen
Ric Carlyon MNZM
Ray Eade
Rodger Fox ONZM
Stanley Goudge JP
Mark Leishman
Steve McDonald
Rachel Rouge
President's Award MedallionGray Bartlett MBE
David Hartnell MNZM
Max Merritt


VAC Awards :

Click an award name for more information and a full list of recipients :

The Benny Award
VAC Scrolls of Honour
Agnew Award for Excellence
International Achievement Award
Nostalgia 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 Group
Top Musician
Top Variety Artist
Unsung Hero Award

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