Making Tracks August decisions

Decisions from NZ On Air’s August 2014 Making Tracks funding round

Media Releases · Music · 28th August 2014

NZ On Air will fund 21 new music projects in its latest Making Tracks funding round.

The 21 projects were selected from a field of 134 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 five $6,000 grants for making a music video only.

This is the second Making Tracks funding round for the 2014-2015 financial year. In the last financial year to 30 June, we took in 1,284 applications and we funded 234 songs.

"The artists receiving funding this month have all submitted songs that we think will find an appreciative audience. Our panel of judges know talent when they hear it, and we look forward to hearing these new songs on our airwaves,” said Brendan Smyth, Music Manager NZ On Air.

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 21 August projects follows –

(a) Funding of up to $10,000 for each of the following 16 Making Tracks projects in the August 2014 round, comprising up to $4,000 for recording a song and $6,000 for making a music video of that same song –

AHoriBuzz/Into The Sunshine
Departure Club/Horizon featuring Sam Allen
Ezra Vine/Braver Than Most
Gap5/Hold On
Jamie McDell/Back Of My Mind
K.One/I Wanna Tell You featuring Pieter T
Lawrence Arabia/A Lake
Marlon Williams/Dark Child
Pieter T/Doin’ The Most (That Girl) featuring K.One
Shunkan/Our Names
Sweet Mix Kids/Pure Heart featuring Helen Corry
The Impending Adorations/When The Wind Blows
The Ruby Suns/Tilt Of His Hat
The Upbeats/Split featuring Armanni Reign
Thomas Oliver/If I Move To Mars
Titanium/Take Us Back

(b) Funding of $6,000 for each of the following 5 Making Tracks projects in the August 2014 round, being funding for making a music video only –

Benny Tipene/Step On Up
Dictaphone Blues/Her Heart Breaks Like A Wave
Raiza Biza/New Kings featuring Spycc & Maia Rata
The Datsuns/Claw Machine

The August Making Tracks Panel was –

Mike McClung [The Radio Network; Auckland]
Dean Campbell [The Edge; Auckland]
Rachel Morton [98-RDU; Christchurch]
Gaye Stebbing [Juice Music Television; Auckland]
Martyn Pepperell [Music Writer; Wellington]
Joost Langeveld [Big Pop Studios; Auckland]
Jeff Newton [NZ On Air; Auckland]

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

Applications can be made online at