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NZ On Air final Making Tracks funding recipients for the year have just been announced. 24 successful applicants received music grants including Christchurch rock band Decades. NZ On Air offices will be closed from the 24th of December until the 11th of January. You are still able to submit Making Tracks applications during this time and they will be included in the next funding round which closes Monday 1st February 2016 at 5pm.

Phil Parkes is an indie pop-rock singer songwriter based in Christchurch.  Phil has recently released the second single from his forthcoming EP “There Is Nothing In My Head.”

2015 has been a year focused on writing and recording, and with the help of his band, Phil has further developed his sound and created a brand new six track EP. Mixed and mastered by Ben Delany, there has been a high emphasis on great arrangements and production for these tracks

Broods have dominated this year’s NZ Music Awards, taking home four Tuis, including Album of the Year.

Christchurch success story Marlon Williams has continued his climb to fame winning awards for Best Male Solo Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Marlon led the way this year with five nominations for his recently released self-titled solo debut.

Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the “gem” that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

NZ On Air has appointed David Ridler as the funding agency’s new Head of Music and Radio, leading the funding and promotion of local music.

Mr Ridler is the current Content Director of NZME’s Radio Hauraki. He has worked in commercial radio for a decade, having held content and programme director positions for Classic Hits, More FM and the former Channel Z. He has also previously worked for NZ On Air’s music team.

Announcing the launch of BoxFresh Live! at BeatBox studios on 27 November. Featuring exclusive performances from Matty Smith, Katie Thompson and No Broadcast. BoxFresh Live! provides a completely unique and outstanding opportunity for emerging artists to capture a high quality filmed, live recording in a professional studio setting. Three artists will be showcased during BoxFresh Live! performing an intimate unplugged set in front of a live audience. Tracks from each session are selected to produce a high quality BoxFresh Live!