Monday, 27 June 2011

Five Random Questions New Zealand Music Commission needs to answer about the Outward Sound Scheme.

1.)   The scheme has been running for fix years, by my count close to 100 bands/artists have received assistance. Can the commission point to even a single group/artists that has gone on to taste global success as a direct result of their grant?

2.)   Why is it necessary to give groups multiple grants? Take Die Die Die! for example which has received funding in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Brooke Fraser 2006, 2007 and 2011.

3.)   Roughly 25 per cent of all the groups funded so far have broken-up. Is this good, to be expected?   

4.)   If a bands record sales falls, popularity wanes after receiving a grant are there any checks and balances in place to ask why? Take Goldenhorse for example. In 2002 their first album made number one in the N.Z Charts and their follow-up (2005) made number two. Yet their 3rd album peaked at just 38 and that came-out in 2007 a year after they received a Music Commission grant.

5.) Is the scheme income tested? Can’t for example Liam Finn (2008 and 2010) speak nicely to his old-man? Ladyhawke’s record company has an annual turnover of USD 6.0 billion, yet they come 'cap in hand' to the local-tax payers? 

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