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The inaugural EQ Networking Hui

Story Published Wednesday 11 May 2022

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 Music, Women In Film & Television and supported by SAE Creative Media Institute, Auckland Live, the NZ Music Commission and NZ On Air.

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 gives 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.

The Hui will take place on Saturday 28th May inside the Herald Theatre with an aim of building a community of female screen and music professionals here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Numbers are limited - so RSVP swiftly!

The programme includes:

  • Q&A session with our 2021 EQ Grant Recipient Directors and Musicians, moderated by Sarah Thomson
  • Q&A session with NZ on Air regarding funding
  • An opportunity to network with peers and industry professionals.

View and learn more about our 2021 EQ Grant Recipients here.

We have a ticket price of $5, with all proceeds donated to MusicHelps.

RSVP to the event by purchasing your tickets via Ticketmaster

If you've any questions contact Renee Tanner on [email protected]


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.

Now, given COVID-19 restrictions have eased, all those who applied for the grant and others from the music and screen industries are being invited to this hui, which will also recognise the grant recipients.

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

*credit card fees apply to the $5 amount