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Latest Outward Sound recipients

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The penultimate round of the 2018 Outward Sound funding programme has seen grants to a diverse selection of New Zealand bands.

As well as rising pop stars such as Drax Project and Matthew Young, there is also support for the likes of hard rockers Devilskin, indie faves The Beths and Wax Chattels and country/folk icons Tiny Ruins and Marlon Williams.

All told, the NZ Music Commission has awarded 20 International Music Market Development grants in the latest round, along with three Business Development grants, plus support for execs looking to attend a number of upcoming music conferences.

Applications for the next round of Outward Sound grants close on October 15th, 2018 at 5pm.

The recipients are:

International Music Market Development Grants

Drax Project

Eight-date Europe/UK tour supporting US artist Camila Cabello, plus a five-date tour of the US with Castlecomer and a performance at Summerfest in Wisconsin, US.


A 29-date UK/Europe tour supporting Grammy-award winning US band Halestorm

Marlon Williams

A new 16-date tour of UK/Europe in support of album Make Way For Love.

Tiny Ruins

To support the release of her new single ‘How Much’, Hollie Fullbrook receives backing for a 15-date full band tour of Europe/UK.

Orchestra of Spheres

A 20-date tour of Europe/UK in support of the October release of their album Mirror through label Fire Records.

Matthew Young

Five-date headline tour of Australia.


Writing trip to work in Australia and Los Angeles as well as a performance in Sydney.

Graeme James

A 30+ date tour of the US to support of the release of his album The Long Way Home in January through label Nettwerk Records


South-East Asia tour including a showcase at Music Matters in Singapore.

The Adults

Three-date headline tour of Australia in support of the release of their album Haja through Warner Music.


The Kiwi singer-songwriter receives support for a 17-date tour of UK/Europe with US artist Nothing, Nowhere.


Writing trip to the UK to collaborate with producers including Astronomyy and Maths Time Joy.


An 11-date UK/Europe tour in support of recent release of her album My Design, On Others Lives in April 2018.

Wax Chattels

Five-date tour of Australia including showcasing at BIGSOUND Festival in Brisbane.

The Beths

A three-date tour of Australia as well as showcasing at BigSound Festival in Brisbane in support of release of album Future Me Hates Me on Carpark Records/Dew Process.

The Beths

Five-date tour of Japan in support of her album Precipice to be released through labels Flying Nun Records/2670 Records.

MC Tali

Europe/UK tour in support of her new album due to be released via Fokuz Recordings in October 2018

Astro Children

A 10-date Europe/UK tour.

Miss June

Three-date tour of Australia as well as showcasing at BIGSOUND Festival in Brisbane in support of the release of their album Bad Luck Party.


To perform at Chengdu International Youth Festival in Chengdu, China

Business Development Grants

  • Banished Music
  • DRM
  • Sam de Jong

2018 BIGSOUND Delegate Grants

  • DRM
  • Aston Road
  • Intent Management
  • MTCO Ltd
  • Moretone Music
  • NicNak Media
  • Sticky Sounds
  • The Label

2018 WOMEX Delegate Grants

  • Tihi Ltd
  • Ellison Huata
  • Blackpearl Ltd
  • Mucho Aroha Music
  • Rob Thorne
  • Hinurewa Te Hau
  • Posenai Mavaega

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