Nick Gaffaney
“The PDA will allow Nick to take advantage of the opportunities offered to him, at the right time in his career. He is incredibly talented and driven, and the impact will reach far beyond this.”

A native of Christchurch, Nick Gaffaney has been at the forefront of the Kiwi music scene for over a decade. His professional history is intertwined with some of New Zealand’s highest selling and critically acclaimed pop, roots and rock releases; ambitious jazz and world music projects; as well as his current work with Cairo Knife Fight. In Cairo Knife Fight Nick goes beyond the role of drummer, also inhabiting the roles of lead singer and keyboard bass player, having mastered the art of playing the keyboard with one hand, while drumming with the other. After surrounding himself with some serious music industry heavyweights, he has been offered the opportunity to work with rock luminaries Alain Johannes, Mark Lanegan and Dave Sitek in Los Angeles. Winning the APRA PDA allows Nick to realise this massive opportunity.

karl steven
“Karl is a very focused individual, who is involved in the film and television industry and music community at all levels. He will be able to gain personally from this, but will also be able to widely share his skills and knowledge”

While most will know Karl Steven as lead provocateur from his pioneering work with iconic NZ band Supergroove, Karl’s history with composition for film and television is a long one. Karl’s first composition project was for a catfood jingle when he was just 16, and in the subsequent 23 years he has stacked up an impressive list of credits. He has provided soundtracks for commercials, documentaries, and a number of themes for popular television series, including The Politically ‘Incorrect Guide To...’, ‘Rocked the Nation’, ‘Radiradirah’, ‘The Possum Hunter’, ‘The Blue Rose’, ‘Neighbourhood’, and soon to be released ‘Harry’. Alongside his busy composition work, he still finds time to let loose in bands The Drab Doo Riffs, Heart Attack Alley and Supergroove.
Karl will be using the PDA grant to travel to New York to attend a nine day intensive workshop through New York University, focussing on composing for orchestras. The course features some of the industry’s most esteemed composers and songwriters, and is a step that he sees will allow him to further his career in composition.

“Alex is a consummate candidate and composer, with a very impressive track record. He is a composer to watch and we proudly support his professional development plan”

Alex Taylor is one of New Zealand’s leading young composers of orchestral and chamber music. His music has been performed by prominent ensembles and orchestras, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, 175 East and the NZTrio. In 2012 he became the youngest recipient to date of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his work [inner], for which he was also awarded the NZSO-Todd Young Composer Award, as well as the Orchestra’s Choice Award. He has won numerous awards and scholarships through Auckland University, including winning the 2009 Lilburn Trust Competition. He completed a residency with the NZSO-National Youth Orchestra in 2012 as well as commissions for the NZTrio, 175 East and The Committee. To put further strain on his trophy cabinet, in 2013 Alex was the recipient of the 2013 CANZ Trust Fund Award. As well as composing award winning classical music, Alex also plays numerous instruments, sings, curates the Intrepid Music Project and writes poetry.
Alex plans to use the PDA to attend the highSCORE Artist Diploma programme, an eight month intensive programme of study in Italy. The prestigious programme has an extremely limited intake and includes some of the world’s most acclaimed composers and musicians, including Helmut Lachenmann and the Arditti Quartet.

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