September 2015 Making Tracks Funding decisions

Media Releases · Music · 1st October 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 135 applications, the biggest haul since February.

There are 12 $10,000 grants for recording a song and making a music video to back up the release of the song and 12 $6,000 grants for making a music video only.

This is the third MakingTracks funding round for the 2015-2016 financial year. In the last financial year, we took in 1,254 applications and funded 230 songs. Since July this year, we have had 368 songs submitted and we have funded 68 projects.

"It was a bumper month for applications so well done to our panellists for getting through them and choosing these gems for funding,” said NZ On Air Music Manager Brendan Smyth. “A few very well recognised names in this month’s list but also a good representation of new artists.”

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 September round is as follows –

(a) Funding of up to $10,000 for each of the following 12 MakingTracks projects in the September 2015 round, comprising up to $4,000 for recording a song and $6,000 for making a music video of that same song –

  • Beastwars / Witches
  • Delaney Davidson / Something’s Wrong
  • Ekko Park / Probable Cause
  • Glass Vaults / Untitled 2
  • Jonathan Bree / Triangular
  • Lisa Crawley / Your Love Is My Weakness
  • Marley Sola / On My Own
  • Sam Verlinden / Out Of My League
  • Sons Of Zion / All Or Nothing
  • Tamagotchii / Don’t Feel
  • The Beths / Whatever
  • Will Slugger / Tilt Of His Hat

(b) Funding of $6,000 for each of the following 12 MakingTracks projects in the September 2015 round, being funding for making a music video only –

  • Annah Mac / Red
  • Chambres / Chase Me Too
  • Dave Dobbyn / Tell The World
  • Don McGlashan / Hold Onto Your Loneliness
  • Electric Wire Hustle / Brother Sun featuring Kimbra
  • Joseph & Maia / I Know
  • ManaLion / Dirty Roots
  • MEDZ / Love On Loop
  • P.H.F. / Soft
  • Sammy J / I’m The One For You
  • Two Cartoons / Males
  • Yoko-Zuna / One’s Cycle featuring Bailey Wiley

The September Making Tracks Panel was –

Andrew Tidball [Cheese On Toast; Auckland]
David Ridler [Radio Hauraki; Auckland]
Jeff Newton [NZ On Air; Auckland]
Nic Manders [Ned Music; Auckland]
Nick Atkinson [Musician; Auckland]
Pennie Blair [95bFM; Auckland]
Phil Bell [Mai FM; Auckland]

The next MakingTracks round closes at 5.00pm on Thursday 01 October 2015.

Applications can be made online at