July 2015 Making Tracks decisions

Media Releases · Music · 30th July 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 122 applications.

There are 16 $10,000 grants for recording a song and making a music video to back up the release of the song and 8 $6,000 grants for making a music video only.

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

"We’re off to a great start for the new financial year – look out for these cool new tracks,” said NZ On Air Music Manager Brendan Smyth. “We’re also working on counting the big numbers and will soon release tallies of spins and streams of funded songs over the four years so far of Making Tracks.”

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 July round is as follows –

(a) Funding of up to $10,000 for each of the following 16 MakingTracks projects in the July 2015 round, comprising up to $4,000 for recording a song and $6,000 for making a music video of that same song –

Average Rap Band / Nowhere
Brendon Thomas & The Vibes / Golden City
Charity Children / Whispering Still
Dave Dobbyn / Angelina
Decades / Terrified
Dion Lunadon / Com/Broke
Glass Vaults / Life Is The Show
Kinetik / Never Will Forget You
Lontalius / Glow
Louis Baker / Rainbow
Marino Mariner / Here We Are
NameUL / Nice Guys Finish Thirst
Riley Richards / My Freedom
Sachi / No More featuring Zoe & Sysyi
The Eversons / Hippie Girl
Tsörf/ Hold On To Me

(b) Funding of $6,000 for each of the following 8 MakingTracks projects in the July 2015 round, being funding for making a music video only –

Devilskin / Mountains
Eastern Bloc / Pop Like
Esther Stephens & The Means / French Kiss
Janine + The Mixtape / When I’m Broken
Laura Lee / Dreamers
Mac Mylo & Jupiter Project / OMG featuring Mez & Team On Point
Spycc Other Lover featuring High Hoops
Tom Lark / Never Be Your Man

The July Making Tracks Panel was –

David Stevens [Radio Control; Palmerston North]
Paul Kennedy [RadioScope; Matamata]
Sam De Jong [Smoke Studios; Auckland]
Sam Wicks [Radio New Zealand National; Auckland]
Sarah Gandy [ZM; Auckland]
Willy Macalister [George FM; Auckland]
Tania Dean [NZ On Air; Auckland]

The next MakingTracks funding round closes at 5.00pm on Saturday 01 August 2015.

Applications can be made online at