August Making Tracks funding decisions

Media Releases · Music · 28th August 2015

NZ On Air will fund 20 new music projects in its latest MakingTracks funding round.

The 20 projects were selected from a field of 111 applications.

There are 14 $10,000 grants for recording a song and making a music video to back up the release of the song and 6 $6,000 grants for making a music video only.

This is the second MakingTracks funding round for the 2015-2016 financial year. In the last financial year, we took in 1,254 applications and funded 230 songs.

"Our Making Tracks panellists have chosen another strong batch of songs for funding,” said NZ On Air Music Manager Brendan Smyth. “Look out for these songs when they’re released, bringing more fresh local music to the airwaves.”

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 20 projects funded in the August round is as follows –

(a) Funding of up to $10,000 for each of the following 14 MakingTracks projects in the August 2015 round, comprising up to $4,000 for recording a song and $6,000 for making a music video of that same song –

Brooke Duff / Fast Car featuring Sidney Diamond
Chia / Someday We Are Gonna Live In The Same Place
Glass Vaults / I Don’t Mind
House Of Shem / Anything You Ask For
K.One / Save Me featuring Sam Allen
Mae Valley / Brightside
P-Money / Call On Me featuring Starley Hope
Sachi / South Central featuring Duckwrth
Shapeshifter / Panny Fack
Sola Rosa / So Fly
Taste Nasa / Do What You Feel
Terrible Sons / Tears Don’t Fall
The Veils / Axolotl
Tsörf / Can I Be Close 2 U

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

Doprah / Machinery
Eb & Sparrow / Little Hands
Jackie Bristow & Jason Kerrison / Warrior Spirit
Levi Patel/ Since Last Letters
Miloux / Pocket
Silence The City / Identity

The August Making Tracks Panel was –

  • Andre Upston [Radio New Zealand Music Production; Auckland]
  • Hale Speedy [More FM Music Director; Auckland]
  • Hayden Booth [Gee Media / Air NZ Music Programming, Auckland]
  • Jeff Newton [NZ On Air; Auckland]
  • Leonie Hayden [Mana Magazine Editor; Auckland]
  • Rodger Clamp [The Edge Content Director; Auckland]
  • Simon Wallace [Radio One Music Director; Dunedin]

The next MakingTracks round closes at 5.00pm on Tuesday 01 September 2015.

Applications can be made online at