Independent Kiwi musicians got together to attend the annual Taite Music Prize at Q Theatre tonight.

The Taite Music Prize was announced alongside the NZ On Air Outstanding Music Journalism AwardIMNZ Classic Record and the Independent Spirit Award recipients.

Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of New Zealand’s most respected music journalists, the coveted Taite Music Prize recognises outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained in one recording. The award highlights outstanding New Zealand albums released in the past year. The award is open to all genres of music and judged on artistic merit regardless of genre, sales, or record label. The prize winner will receive a cash prize of $12,500, thanks to founding partner Recorded Music NZ and supporting partner NZ Music Commission.

A voting academy of all current members of IMNZ, musicians, and music industry personnel voted to produce the shortlisted finalist albums. An independent panel debated and scrutinised the shortlisted albums to decide the winner. That panel comprises of musicians, journalists, and music industry professionals with a wide variety of different professional backgrounds and personal tastes.

The ten albums in contention for the 2022 Taite Music Prize span genres from hip hop to alt-country to indie electro pop and include some of Aotearoa’s finest and pigeon hole defying musicians. The 2022 Taite Music Prize went to Anthonie Tonnon – Leave Love Out Of This (Slow Time Records)

Other finalists for the award included:
Dianne Swann – The War On Peace of Mind (Bads Music)
French For Rabbits – The Overflow (AAA Records)
Lips – I Don’t Know Why I Do Anything (Independent)
Luke Buda – BUDA (Buda Records)
Reb Fountain – IRIS (Flying Nun Records)
Sheep, Dog & Wolf – Two-Minds (Aphrodite)
Team Dynamite – Respect The Process (Independent)
Troy Kingi – Black Sea Golden Ladder (AAA Records)
Vera Ellen – It’s Your Birthday (Flying Nun Records)

The Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award was presented to Jazmine Mary – The Licking of a Tangerine, with a $2000 cash prize plus a performance or technical upskilling opportunity thanks to Auckland Live.
Also nominated were:
Adelaide Cara – How Does This Sound?
Proteins of Magic – Proteins of Magic

The 2022 ceremony also included the presentation of the inaugural NZ On Air Outstanding Music Journalism Award, going to music journalist Tony Stamp.

The Independent Music NZ Classic Record award acknowledged one New Zealand record released over 20 years ago on an independent label. This award went to producer Alan Jansson for PROUD – An Urban-Pacific Streetsoul Compilation.

Now in its fourth year, the Independent Spirit Award recognised Karyn Hay ONZM for her groundbreaking contribution to music awareness in Aotearoa since the 1980’s. A judge’s special commendation was acknowledged of change maker Alison Mau’s work for Stuff covering NZ music industry practices and sexual harm prevention.

IMNZ General Manager, Dylan Pellett says, “As we move through these crazy times, it’s still so heartening to hear fresh new music being made and released in Aotearoa. Congratulations to all this year’s finalists!”

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