November 2015 Making Tracks funding decisions

Music · Media Releases · 26th November 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 153 applications, the biggest haul of applications so far this funding year.

There are 14 $10,000 grants for recording a song and making a music video to back up the release of the song and 10 $6,000 grants for making a music video only.

This is the fifth of 10 MakingTracks funding rounds for the 2015-2016 financial year. At the half way mark, 644 songs have been submitted and 112 of those projects funded.

"In our final round of this calendar year we have another awesome mix of established and newer artists funded to bring their music to your ears,” said NZ On Air Music Manager Brendan Smyth. “Everything from hard out rock, to hiphop, electro-pop, funky jazz fusion... variety and diversity in action!”

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 November round is as follows –

(a) Funding of up to $10,000 for each of the following 14 MakingTracks projects in the November 2015 round, comprising up to $4,000 for recording a song and $6,000 for making a music video of that same song –

Beastwars / Some Sell Their Souls
David Dallas / Can’t Get Enough
Decades / If It Kills Me
Estere / Rent
Marley Sola / Fill Me Up
Race Banyon / Surface
Sir T / Legend
Sons Of Sofa / So Young
Sweet Mix Kids / With You featuring Vince Harder
Tali / How To Get High
The Deluxe Project / On & On
The Doqument / Nothing Was The Same
Tiki Taane/ No Place Like Home
Trei / Rebels featuring Tali

(b) Funding of $6,000 for each of the following 10 MakingTracks projects in the November 2015 round, being funding for making a music video only –

Aske / Found
Bailey Wiley / Take It From Me
Diaz Grimm / I Saw Inside
Groeni / Truce
Ill Semantics / 4 Thought featuring Giant Killa
Rhian Sheehan / The Upper Sky
Rob Ruha / Kariri featuring Tiki Taane
Sneakers / Come Around Sundown
Stack & Piece / Burning Out featuring Helen Corry
Young Lyre / Winter

The November Making Tracks Panel was –

Asher Bastion [Life FM; Auckland]
Chris Chetland [Kog Studio; Auckland]
Hayden Hare [Flava FM; Auckland]
Jeff Newton [NZ On Air; Auckland]
Lydia Jenkin [Time Out, NZ Herald; Auckland]
Nik Coulter [RDU; Christchurch]
Nicole Thomas [NicNak Media; Auckland]

This is the last MakingTracks funding round for 2015. Making Tracks takes a two month break over December and January. The next MakingTracks round closes at 5.00pm on Monday 01 February 2016.

Applications can be made online at