FEMALE MUSICIANS INVITED TO APPLY FOR MUSIC VIDEO FUNDING
Auckland City of Music Tāmaki Makaurua Pā Puoro (ACOM) is pleased to announce that its Equaliser (EQ) grants are open for 2023.
There are three $10,000 grants available for female musicians to work with female directors for the purposes of creating filmed content (music video, interstitials, visualisers, etc) to support the release of new music.
EQ is a global gender equality programme co-founded by ACOM which speaks to the UN Sustainable Development Goal #5 (‘Gender Equality’). It provides funding for music videos and ensuing network events. EQ is made possible with funding from NZ Music Commission, NZ On Air and Te Māngai Paho, and support from Women In Film & Television (WIFT) and SAE Creative Media Institute.
The EQ project builds capacity and sustainability across the music and screen sectors, creates employment, opportunities and resilient networks of professionals who can then impart knowledge to similar cohorts of practitioners over the longer term.
As per EQ 2022, ACOM will host an EQ Hui in September with the aim of continuing to build a community of female screen and music professionals (kaupapa) here in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Hui programme will feature Q&A sessions with EQ directors and musicians as well as providing an opportunity for attendees to network with peers and industry professionals. Full programme details will be announced later in 2023. Speaking about the 2022 Hui, ACOM Partnership Manager Renee Tanner said “What stood out during each presentation at the Hui was what an incredibly successful pairing our musicians and directors proved to be. Their genuine stories of collaboration throughout the production process, and their acknowledgment of the unique creativity and strengths found in an all-women crew was inspirational.”
Previous EQ recipients include Lou’ana who partnered with synergistic director Anna Duckworth to produce the music video for single ‘Lost and Found’ released in December 2022 (Listen Here). Two other EQ recipients (Reshma Martin and Gracie Moller will release their EQ-funded projects in 2023.
Applications for the grant close on 31st March. A panel comprised of experienced women from the Screen and Music sectors will appraise the applications and successful grant recipients will be announced on May 1st.
Women can head to www.aucklandcityofmusic.nz to apply.