Making More Tracks

Media Releases · Music · 26th February 2014

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

The 24 projects were selected from a field of 158 applications, the heaviest round this funding year.

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

This is the sixth Making Tracks funding round for the 2013-2014 funding year. So far this year, we have taken in 772 applications and we have funded 139 projects.

"There's never any shortage of talent coming through the Making Tracks funding scheme. With so many songs to choose from our panel's job is to find the great songs that will be appreciated by a diversity of audiences. We think there are some absolute gems in this round. Watch out over the coming months for the songs as they are released," 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 February projects follows -

(a) Funding of up to $10,000 for each of the following 11 Making Tracks projects in the February 2014 round, comprising up to $4,000 for recording a song and $6,000 for making a music video of that same song -

Avalanche City/I Need You
Bunnies On Ponies/Baked
Die! Die! Die!/Out Of Mind
French For Rabbits/The Other Side
Ginny Blackmore & Stan Walker/Holding You
Jeremy Redmore/Bad Philosophy
Lydia Cole/One Day Soon
Sola Rosa/Can We Get It Together featuring Noah Slee
The Phoenix Foundation/Bob Lennon

(b) Funding of $6,000 for each of the following 13 Making Tracks projects in the February 2014 round, being funding for making a music video only -

Ashei/Bright Eyes
Barker/Haunted House
Black River Drive/Quicksand
Grayson Gilmour/Silence & Youth
Ill Semantics/You Got It
Jayson Norris/Save My Soul featuring Tiki Taane & Cocoa Jackson Lane
Lord Echo/Molten Lava featuring Leila Adu
Mulholland/ Cry If You Want To
Smashproof/ Survivors featuring Pieter T
Streets Of Laredo/Hey Rose
The Feelers/One Man Army (Never Give Up)
The Shifting Sands/All The Stars
Yumi Zouma/A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers

The February Making Tracks Panel was -

Brad King [The Rock FM; Auckland]
Sean Norling [Radio One; Dunedin]
Phoebe Spiers [C4 Music Television; Auckland]
Victoria Blood [NZ Music Commission; Auckland]
Nick Vassar [Christchurch Music Industry Trust; Christchurch]
Rhian Sheehan [Composer & Producer; Wellington]
Jeff Newton [NZ On Air; Auckland]

The next Making Tracks funding round is the March round, which closes at 5.00pm on Saturday 01 March.

Applications can be made online at