What is EQ?

Equaliser (EQ) is a mixed workshop/seminar/network format that provides professional development, mentorship and an ongoing network support to female* music and screen sector professionals. It is produced and presented by Auckland UNESCO City of Music and Women In Film & Television, and supported by the NZ Music Commission, NZ On Air, Sony & Aputure.

Kaupapa: Building a community of female screen and music professionals.

EQ is a global initiative by UNESCO Cities of Music to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

*The words ‘women’ and ‘female’ are inclusive of gender non-conforming, transgender & intersex.

How does it work?

Musician applicants are asked to submit a song that is planned for 2022 release. Ideally the song will be completed or near completion at time of submission.

Successful applicants will be paired with synergistic Director applicants for the purposes of producing filmed content (music video, interstitials, visualisers or other as agreed) to support the release of that music.

Who can apply?

Women who are:

  • Musicians
  • Directors

How will applicants be selected?

EQ will have two separate selection panels comprised of experienced woman from the Screen and Music sectors who will appraise the respective Director and Musician submissions.

How much are the grants?

There are three project grants of $10,000 each (paid to the Director). Each project will have access to mentors, crew and selected technical equipment.

Where is it being held?

The 3-day event will take place at SAE Media Institute comprising one day of open seminars and networking, followed by two days of closed workshopping with the successful applicants. We welcome applications from outside of the Auckland regions but please note that we are unable to pay for travel and accommodation costs.

NB: Successful applicants will need to be available in Auckland on Monday 6, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 December.

When do the individual projects need to be completed?

Preferably no later than March 2022.

What happens if my application is unsuccessful?

There is a full day of related activity planned for December 6 which will all applicants will be invited to.

How to apply

Please complete the online form accessed on the link below.

Apply here

Applications open: Friday 10 September
Applications close: Friday 1 October
Decisions notified: Friday 15 October

NB: Successful applicants will need to be available in Auckland on Monday 6, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 December.


If you would like more information or help with your application please contact Renée Tanner via email at info@aucklandcityofmusic.nz