Equaliser (EQ) is a networking and grants initiative that provides professional development and an ongoing network to female* music and screen sector professionals. It is produced and presented by Auckland UNESCO City of MusicWomen In Film & Television and supported by SAE Creative Media InstituteAuckland Live, the NZ Music Commission and NZ On Air.

*The words ‘women’ and ‘female’ are inclusive of gender non-conforming, transgender & intersex.

On Saturday, members of the Screen and Music communities came together to hear from women leading the way in their fields, thanks to the EQ grant. Project grants of $10,000 were awarded in 2021 to facilitate three musicians working with three female directors to create filmed music content.

The Inaugural EQ Networking Hui gave the creatives involved an opportunity to discuss their work and processes, as well as give other music and screen professionals an opportunity to network amongst peers. EQ is a global initiative by UNESCO Cities of Music to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

Attendees at the Herald Theatre on Saturday heard from filmmaker Anna Rose Duckworth and musician Lou’ana about the process behind the music video for Lost and Found, from filmmaker Jolin Lee and musician Reshma Martin about their project Where My Asians At?, and filmmaker Faye McNeil and musician Grace Moller with their project Wasn’t Gonna Last Forever. Attendees also had the chance to network with other creatives, and ask questions in an open forum with NZ on Air regarding funding.

All ticket proceeds were donated to MusicHelps.

The next EQ Hui is to be held on Wednesday 22 June.


This event follows on from the initial ‘call for proposals’ in 2021, when female* musician applicants were asked to submit an application, which included a yet to be released song. Successful applicants were to be paired with synergistic Director applicants for the purposes of producing filmed content (music video, interstitials, visualisers) to support the release of that music. Each project would be provided with access to mentors, crew and selected technical equipment.

Two separate selection panels comprised of experienced women from the Screen and Music sectors, appraised over 120 Director and Musician submissions for the three project grants of $10,000 available.

*The words ‘women’ and ‘female’ are inclusive of gender non-conforming, transgender & intersex.

Special thanks to the EQ organisers Auckland UNESCO City of Music, Women In Film & Television and supporting sponsors SAE Creative Media Institute, Auckland Live, the NZ Music Commission and NZ On Air.

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