April 2015 Making Tracks funding round

Media Releases · Music · 29th April 2015

NZ On Air will fund 24 new music projects in its latest MakingTracks funding round.

The 24 projects were selected from a field of 119 applications.

There are 13 $10,000 grants for recording a song and making a music video to back up the release of the song and 11 $6,000 grants for making a music video only.

This is the eighth MakingTracks funding round for the 2014-2015 financial year. So far this year (since July), we have taken in 1,020 applications and we have funded 178 songs.

"On the eve of NZ Music month we celebrate the diversity of the music funded so that New Zealanders can find something local for them. In this round the diversity includes pop, rock, folk, a song in te reo Māori, and Christian heavy metal. Plus many more great tracks you will be hearing soon on the airwaves,” said NZ On Air Music Manager Brendan Smyth.

Decisions are based on the broadcast, music and audience merits of the songs that have been submitted, judged by a panel of broadcasting and music professionals.

The list of 24 projects funded in the April round is as follows –

(a) Funding of up to $10,000 for each of the following 13 MakingTracks projects in the April 2015 round, comprising up to $4,000 for recording a song and $6,000 for making a music video of that same song –

  • Awa/Summer Vibe featuring Sir T
  • Benny Tipene/Lighthouse
  • Charity Children/You Want Me
  • Chris Hurn/If I Were You
  • French For Rabbits/The Lights Go Out
  • Husk/Take Your Time
  • I Am Giant/Kiss From A Ghost
  • Massad/Devoted
  • Scott Mannion/Your Kinda Love
  • The Phoenix Foundation/Mountain
  • Twin Cities/Greatest Ever
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra/Necessary Evil
  • Villainy/Safe Passage

(b) Funding of $6,000 for each of the following 11 MakingTracks projects in the April 2015 round, being funding for making a music video only –

  • Barry Conrad/Anywhere We Go
  • Ciaran McMeekan/City
  • J Williams/Piece Of Me featuring Brooke Duff
  • Kong Fooey/Right As Rain featuring Topaz & David Haslett
  • Nadia Reid/Call The Days
  • Rival State/Keepsake
  • Saving Grace/The Anthem Of The Underground
  • Shapeshifter/Solitaire
  • Tom Lark/Baby Give Up
  • Toni Huata/Hopukia Te Tao
  • Troy Kingi/Just A Phase

The April Making Tracks Panel was –

Godfrey de Grut [Auckland University; Auckland]
Hale Speedy [More FM; Auckland]
Jeff Newton [NZ On Air; Auckland]
Miles Buckingham [Radio Active; Wellington]
Neil Cox [Christchurch Music Industry Trust; Christchurch]
Phoebe Spiers [The Edge TV; Auckland]
Ross Flahive [ZM; Auckland]

The next MakingTracks round closes at 5.00pm on Friday 01 May 2015.

Applications can be made online at www.nzonair.govt.nz/music.