Fewer Government grants are making tracks to Southern
NZ On Air documents released under the Official Information
Act reveal that Otago and Southland musicians accounted for
4.7% of the 575 singles the Government broadcast funding
NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson said the
single-track funding scheme MakingTracks started in July
Ms Wrightson said the agency had approved funding grants for
20 singles of 13 artists who ''hail from Otago and
Southland'' - Alizrin Lizard, Annah Mac, Die! Die! Die!,
Dudley Benson, Haunted Heart, Knives at Noon, Males,
Mountaineater, Robert Scott, Six60, Tono & The Finance
Company, Toy Love and Two Cartoons.
When the documents were given to former Radio One DJ Aaron
Hawkins this week, he identified three more artists - Ed
Muzik, She's So Rad and The Bats.''
Ed Muzik is a University of Otago post-grad and lived in
Dunedin for a few years, and Anji Sami, of She's So Rad,
lived and worked at the university for quite a while.''
Including Mr Hawkins' findings, Southland and Otago musicians
had 27 tracks approved for funding - 4.7% of the approvals
since MakingTracks inception.
Otago and Southland account for 7% of the nation's
Ms Wrightson said funding was based on a song's merits, as
judged by an independent panel of broadcasting and music
media professionals from around the country.''
We give the panel the songs to listen to but we don't give
them the artist's place of birth or residence.''
Mr Hawkins said he had been on the judging panel twice.
There were many great musicians in the South and funding
statistics should not be used to determine the state of the
Many artists would not apply for Government grants because of
the compulsory $2000 (plus GST) contribution, he said.
• NZ On Air spends more than $5 million a year promoting New
• Making Tracks is a $2 million single-track funding scheme
to provide a funding contribution to the costs of recording a
single and/or making a music video.
• An independent panel of up to 8 broadcasters and music
media people meet 10 times a year and assess each song to
decide on which of the songs put forward will get funding.
• Making Tracks provides grants of up to $10,000 for
recording a song and making a music video for broadcast - up
to $4000 for recording a song and $6000 for making the music
• The applicant must contribute $2000 (plus GST).
• In the first two years of Making Tracks, NZ On Air had 2498