Gov Helps Wigmore, Six60

Singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore and rock bands Six60 and Phoenix Foundation are among the latest to get help to tour abroad through the New Zealand Government’s Outward Sound program.

Wigmore is doing 40 United States cities on the Warped tour behind the U.S. release of her Gravel & Wine album, which debuted at No. 1 in NZ and went double-platinum.

Six60, who showcased at SxSW, Canadian Music Week and CMJ Marathon this year, will be touring through Europe behind the release of its multiplatinum-selling debut album.

The Phoenix Foundation is touring around Europe behind the release of its fifth album, Fandango, which entered the NZ charts at No. 4.

Other recipients include the band Princess Chelsea, Clap Clap Riot, Villainy and singer-songwriter Flip Grater.

Business Support grants – given to industry executives to explore overseas markets – went to Matt Coleman of Auckland-based management services Let The People Speak, former Warner A&R exec Ashley Page of Page One Management, and Cushla Aston of Wellington management mentoring firm Aston Road.