The Taite Music Prize: announcing the inaugural ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ award
IMNZ is proud to announce a new award to be presented at this year’s Taite Music Prize 2013 event. The ceremony is to include the ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’, which is a new award that aims to acknowledge New Zealand’s rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire us and that also define who we are.
The panel to determine the recipient of this new award was made up of a broad section of music media/industry specialists, who have given the nod in 2013 to the GORDONS – ‘GORDONS’ album as one of NZ’s classic records. The award is scheduled to be presented by Shayne Carter and will be accepted by band member John Halvorsen.
When told of the news this week, John Halvorsen said: “I’m shocked. I feel grateful to be acknowledged after all these years by the industry – it’s our first ever award. I’m humbled and grateful.”
Talking about the first ‘Independent Music NZ Classic Record’ recipient, finalist judge Grant Smithies said: “…this first Gordons record remains unsurpassed for its nasty beauty, its ice-cold pessimism and white-hot intensity.” – Grant Smithies, Soundtracks: 118 Great New Zealand Albums (2007)
The Taite Music Prize 2013 event is held on Wednesday, 17th April in Auckland and is an invite-only ceremony. Julia Deans and Street Chant, both finalists in previous Taite Music Prize events, are scheduled to perform live sets for the gathered guests. The event will live-streamed to the public via NZ Herald Online and will be recorded by Radio NZ.
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