May 2016 Making Tracks funding decisions

Media Releases · Music · 26th May 2016

NZ On Air will fund 23 new music projects in the latest MakingTracks music funding round.

The 23 projects were selected from a field of 128 applications.

There are 17 $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 ninth of 10 MakingTracks funding rounds for the 2015-2016 financial year. So far, we have had 1,197 songs submitted and we have funded 205 projects.

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.

This is the penultimate funding round of Making Tracks in its current form, as NZ On Air is making changes from 1 July. “We’ll be making some changes to adjust to where the music, broadcasting and online music industries are at in 2016,” says new Head of Music and Radio David Ridler. “Details of the changes will be revealed on Thursday 9th June - so watch this space.”

The list of 23 projects funded in the May Making Tracks round is as follows –

(a) Funding of up to $10,000 for each of the following 17 MakingTracks projects in the May 2016 round, comprising up to $4,000 for recording a song and $6,000 for making a music video of that same song –

Aaradhna / Brown Girl
Anna Coddington / Apples
Arma Del Amor / Taking Back The Sea
Clap Clap Riot / Help Me
Delaney Davidson / Such A Loser
Eden Mulholland / Little Lego Ship
Estere / Grandmother
Fazerdaze / Take It Slow
Jonathon Bree / No Reminders
Kinetic / Invincible
New Reptiles / Friends
Pacific Heights / Realms featuring Deanne Krieg
She’s So Rad / You And I
SJD / Turn On The Sun
Sola Rosa / Back To You featuring Noah Slee
Streets Of Laredo / Trap For Young Players
TY / Discover featuring Mikey Mayz

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

Ghost Wave / Blues Signal ‘79
October / Warm Blood
Shayne P. Carter / I Know Not Where I Stand
The Beths / Lying In The Sun
The Nudge / Dark Arts
Toni Huata / Mohaka

The May Making Tracks Panel was –

 Sarah Gandy [The Hits; Auckland]
 David Stevens [Radio Control; Palmerston North]
 Shahlin Graves [Coup de Main; Auckland]
 Jeremy Taylor [Slowboat Records/Radio NZ; Wellington]
 Julie Warmington [Bespoke Marketing & Publicity; Auckland]
 Jeff Newton [NZ On Air; Auckland]
 Barnaby Weir [Producer; Wellington]

The next MakingTracks round closes at 5.00pm on Wednesday 01 June 2016.

Applications can be made online at