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The Inaugural Taite Music Prize – Announcing the Finalists

02 February 2010 - 0 Comments

After much deliberation and more than a few heated discussions, the finalists for the Inaugural Taite Music Prize have been decided. Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country's most highly respected music journalists; The Taite Music Prize has been established to champion the finest release by a New Zealand artist or group, specifically focusing on the artistic merit and creative excellence of one album released in the previous calendar year. Acknowledging creativity and musicianship regardless of sales figures or genre, it is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

The first ever finalists from a lengthy list submitted by IMNZ members are:

- The Checks - Alice by the Moon
- David Dallas - Something Awesome
- Kerretta - Vilayer
- Lawrence Arabia - Chant Darling
- Shapeshifter - The System is a Vampire

The judging panel has also been decided, and will consist of industry names Sam Wicks (Real Groove), Jim Pinckney (Round Trip Mars), Dean Cameron (1157 Records), David Farrier (TV3), Kirsten Johnstone (Radio NZ), Ross Flahive (The Edge), Scott Maclachlan (Universal Music), Francesca Rudkin (Freelance music journalist), Bernie Griffin (Flaming Pearl) and John Taite, Dylan’s son. "What perfect timing to celebrate our creative excellence as the NZ music industry goes from strength to strength," says Taite. "This award is all about artistic achievement and giving the status quo a good kicking. It’s an honour to be asked to join the panel of judges."

The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, to be spent as they wish. Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) and PPNZ are the principal music industry supporters of the Taite Music Prize in conjunction with the Taite family. The winner will be announced at a function at Auckland’s Plaything gallery on March 31, 2010.

Thanks to www.taitemusicprize.co.nz for this story.


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