Apply now for the EQ grant 2023

Posted Monday 13 Feb 2023

Apply now for the EQ grant 2023

Calling all female directors keen on directing a music video! After a successful pilot programme in 2021/2022, Equaliser (EQ) is back with three more opportunities for talented female musicians to be partnered with three outstanding female directors from the New Zealand screen industry. Unlike last year, the musicians must do the applying so directors, now's the time to connect/reconnect with the musos in your life and nudge them along to apply!

EQ is a gender equality programme which speaks to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #5 (‘Gender Equality’). It provides funding for music videos and ensuing network events.

Previous winners include Kiwi Pacific artist Lou’ana (Lou'ana Whitney) who partnered with synergistic director and WIFT NZ member Anna Duckworth to produce the music video for single Lost and Found.
The music video has seen over 8,000 views on Youtube alone, with the single making its way into the Official NZ Music Chart's Top 10.

EQ is made possible with funding from NZ Music Commission, NZ On Air and Te Māngai Paho, and support from WIFT NZ and SAE Creative Media Institute.

How it works
Female* musicians are asked to submit a song that is planned for 2023 release. Ideally the song will be completed or near completion at time of submission.
Each project will receive $10,000 to create content (music video, interstitials, visualisers) to support the release of new music this year, with access to mentors, crew and selected technical equipment.|
A panel comprising experienced women from the Screen and Music sectors, will appraise the applications before they are announced during New Zealand Music Month of May.

*Women and female includes gender non-conforming, transgender and intersex.

Applications close Friday 31 March. 

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Click here to apply