Opportunities For
NZ Songwriters

Three New Zealand songwriters and composers will be working with overseas talent as a result of winning the Australasian Performing Right Association’s Professional Development Awards.

Each received NZ$12,000 (US$10,217), studio time and legal advice and the chance to work with whom they wanted to in the world.

Nick Gaffaney of the rock band Cairo Knife Fight, who won the pop/contemporary category, heads to the United States midyear to work with songwriter/producers Alain Johannes of Eleven, Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees and Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio.

One-time Supergroove leader turned film and TV composer, Karl Steven, will use his grant to attend a nine-day intensive workshop through New York University, focussing on composing for orchestras.

Alex Taylor, who took out the classical division, will study for eight months in Italy to beef up his skills in orchestral and chamber music.