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Carson Taare live on stage

Wednesday October 21 2020

Singer/ songwriter Carson Taare is promising “a great night full of ballads and story songs” as the artist takes to the Globe Theatre’s main stage with help from the Creative Communities Scheme.

Photo shows young man sitting on an amp in a Palmy park, playing guitar.

Taare is one of 15 successful applicants for this funding round with the recipients sharing in $54,615 out of the available $115,970.

Taare will be using his funding to perform his first original album at the Globe Theatre alongside internationally renowned musicians Gary Bartlett MBE, Mark Dennison and local Hayden Lauridsen.

“If anything, it was the desire to have an album of recorded music that was all of my own creation,” says Taare, who is due to record his debut original album later this year.

Carson live at the Globe will treat audiences to an enjoyable evening of country folk and soft rock, and the artist says that community funding has played a big role in getting back on stage this year.

“Performing live is a great experience because it's a chance for me to test out new material and my own songs with a live audience and I love that dialogue,” says Carson.

“I would say that people in the arts sector are doing their best to strive in what they do and also help support other people through these hard times by putting on quality entertainment to make life a little more enjoyable when bad things seem to be happening left, right and centre.”

The Creative Communities Scheme is a partnership between Council and Creative New Zealand that helps to fund local arts projects.

“Community funding has enabled me to put on a top-quality show by way of being able to hire high-end venues, obtain quality promotional materials and pay for talented backing performers to assist me in the show,” says Carson.

Audiences can see Carson live at the Globe this Thursday, 22 October at 7pm – tickets are available from the Globe box office or online at

Creative Communities Scheme 2020-21: Round one successful applications

Successful applications for the first round of funding (total $54,615) include:

Carson Taare, Globe Theatre Concert, $4,208

A night of original songs performed live at the Globe Theatre by local artist Carson Taare. The performance is a chance for Carson to test his new material on a live audience before recording his new album.

Wanderlust Productions Ltd, Love Linda: The Life of Mrs Cole Porter, $2,000

A one-woman theatrical show about the life of Cole Porter's wife, Linda, with songs by Cole Porter and accompanying jazz band.

Renaissance Singers, Carols for Christmas, $1,200

An afternoon concert of popular and little heard Christmas Carols put on at the St Peter's Church, Palmerston North, by the Renaissance Singers. The songs will be performed a cappella and accompanied by piano and perhaps organ with opportunities for the audience to join in.

Manawatū Youth Orchestra, Hire of Orchestral Rehearsal Venue for 2021, $2,000

The Manawatū Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia will call Square Edge home in 2021, as they rehearse for upcoming performances.

Mitchell Tareha, Toi Whakairo Rangatahi Programme, $12,218.54

A 10-week toi whakairo programme developed for tāne in care, seeking operational and theoretical knowledge consistent with Tikanga and Te Reo across a range of ngā toi art forms. Participants will receive a NZQA Mātauranga Māori Level 2 Certificate.

Michiel van Echten, A practical exploration of physical comedy and clown, $1,149.30

Nine clowning workshops held weekly during school term 4 for people with intellectual disabilities.

Charlie Higgison, Palmy’s Plastic Pollution Challenge documentary, $4,720

The production of a documentary taking a personal and artistic look at plastic pollution in our city - produced and created by young, passionate up-and-coming local filmmakers.

Manawatū Summer Shakespeare, Manawatū Summer Shakespeare 2021: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, $4,000

The 19th Manawatū Summer Shakespeare presents a contemporary and locally focused Midsummer Night's Dream

New Zealand Choral Federation Inc. – Manawatū-Whanganui Region, The Big Sing Manawatū-Whanganui 2020, $2,880

A regional competitive and non-competitive festival of singing by Secondary School Choirs, as part of a national promotion by the New Zealand Choral Federation (Incorporated), involving 11 regions nationally.

Square Edge Community Arts, Māori artists respond to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, $6,300

Twenty Māori artists respond to Te Tiriti o Waitangi with narratives that describe historical injustice and colonial oppression through a range of artistic media - sculpture, paint, print and performance

Foto iwi Charitable Trust, Foto iwi Creative Workshop, $2,120

A Foto iwi creative workshop (for young people aged 9-16 years) based from the Palmerston North City library or City Community or Art Space held through the Christmas school holidays. Foto iwi is a not for profit charitable trust established to help encourage and support NZ's young creatives through the visual arts.

Janet Mace, The Good Gardener, $2,820

A children's book about microbes in soil written and illustrated by Janet Mace. It will be bi-lingual (Maori and English) and include Learning Activities

Rachel Robb, All Access Arts, $1,500

A monthly art event/workshop aimed at making art accessible for all. With a focus on the disability, special needs and the LGBT communities in a safe and supportive environment. The location will change each month to bring the event to different communities within Palmerston North to make it accessible for all.

Legacy Centre, Te Toka Tu Moana Kapahaka, $1,500

A kapa haka group that focuses on Maori traditions and performances through haka, moteatea, waiata and poi based in Highbury.

Graham Johnston, MOANA JR, $6,000

A Pasifika and Māori Production of The Musical MOANA JR.