June 2016 Making Tracks funding decisions

Media Releases · Music · 30th June 2016

NZ On Air will fund 23 new music projects in the last MakingTracks music funding round for the 2015/16 funding year. It is also the last Making Tracks funding round before the funding scheme changes on 1 July.

The New Music Single and New Music Project funding schemes were announced on 9 June and split the previous annual Making Tracks allocation of $2million into two new music funding streams. 

This month’s 23 projects were selected from a large field of 161 applications, which was the second highest amount of applications in any one Making Tracks round since the scheme began in July 2011.

There are 16 x $10,000 grants for recording a song and making a music video to back up the release of the song, and 7 x $6,000 grants for making a music video only.

This is the tenth of 10 Making Tracks funding rounds for the 2015/16 financial year. This year we have had a total of 1,358 songs submitted – the most applications ever in one funding year for Making Tracks. We have funded 228 projects in the year.

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 23 projects funded in the June Making Tracks round is as follows –

(a) Funding of up to $10,000 for each of the following 16 MakingTracks projects in the June 2016 round, comprising up to $4,000 for recording a song and $6,000 for making a music video of that same song –

Aaradhna / Empty Hall
Cairo Knife Fight / A-Six
Chelsea Jade / Life Of The Party
Clicks / Resolution
Divorcees / Divorcees
Electric Wire Hustle / Ex Machina
Emily Edrosa / Drinking During The Day
Finlay Tate / Let Free
GiantKilla / Down Low
Jon Lemmon / It’s Gonna Be Alright
Lord Echo / Low To The Street
MAALA / Hush
Rei / Out Dancing
Ruckus Garvey / Chip On My Shoulder
Shapeshifter / Oculus
The All Seeing Hand / Cro Magnon Corp.

(b) Funding of $6,000 for each of the following 7 MakingTracks projects in the June 2016 round, being funding for making a music video only –

A Dead Forest Index / Myth Retraced
Baynk / What You Need featuring Olivia Nott
Benny’s Videos / Inside My Head
Disasteradio / Oh Yeah
Dunes / Cowgirl
Joe Blossom / The Breaking
Kane Strang / Things Are Never Simple

The June Making Tracks Panel was –

 Reagan White [The Edge Radio & TV; Auckland]
 Gemma Syme [RDU; Christchurch]
 Nicole Thomas [NicNak Media; Auckland]
 Blink [A Low Hum; Wellington]
 Charlotte Ryan [Roundhead Studios; Auckland]
 Jeff Newton [NZ On Air; Auckland]

The New Music Single funding scheme begins in July with the first of five annual rounds. New Music Single funding includes funding of up to $8,000 towards recording, music video and promotion costs.

The first New Music Single funding round closes at 5.00pm this Friday 1 July 2016.

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