Equaliser (EQ) is a networking and grants initiative that provides professional development and an ongoing network to female music and screen sector professionals.
Project grants of $10,000 were awarded in late 2021 to facilitate three musicians working with three female directors to create filmed music content. The Inaugural EQ Networking Hui then took place on Saturday 28 May. The Hui gave the creatives involved an opportunity to discuss their work and processes, as well as give other music and screen professionals an opportunity to network amongst peers. Anticipating queries about funding, the programme also included a presentation from NZ On Air’s Music Funding Adviser.
What stood out during each presentation was what an incredibly successful pairing our musicians and directors proved to be. Their genuine stories of collaboration throughout the production process, their acknowledgment of the unique creativity and strengths found in an all-women crew was so inspirational. We're certain our audience came away both enlivened and empowered by the presentations as well as the networking chats afterwards. Having experienced a 'teaser' of the music videos created, we can't wait to see the final release of the EQ Grant recipients' music videos, coming soon. The Inaugural EQ Hui was an incredibly valuable get-together and opportunity to establish a network of women in music and screen.
Auckland UNESCO City of Music in collaboration with our partners are proud to announce the recipients of the EQ Grant 2021.
Two seperate selection panels comprised of experienced women from the Screen and Music sectors appraised over 120 Director and Musician submissions for the three project grants of $10,000 available. Each project will have access to mentors, crew and selected technical equipment.