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Creative Communities Scheme helps promote local music

Thursday March 5 2020

A project to create and promote a 12-inch vinyl record compilation of local original music is under way, thanks to funding from the Creative Communities Scheme.

Photo shows band performing on stage at music festival.

Fruit Juice Parade at SwampFest 2018. Photo: Katie Cheer.

The compilation will include music by artists who have been involved with the Creative Sounds-run music venue The Stomach. The Stomach has a recording studio, rehearsal spaces and provides an all-ages live music venue at its Lombard Street premises.

Stomach Manager Harry Lilley says the record, while being beneficial for The Stomach and the local music community, will also help enhance Palmerston North’s profile as a city with a thriving arts and music scene. “We're hoping to feature some of the unique local music that we're familiar with. Expect to hear a smattering of electronica, indie and alternative sounds.”

Once finished, the record will be available for sale, with planned promotions including interviews, blog posts, reviews, and radio features.

With the Creative Communities Scheme funding, “Creative Sounds Society is making the vinyl dream a reality for local musicians, while celebrating our great local music with a curated collection of sounds from the scene.”

Pressing vinyl is an expensive process that prevents most musicians from realising this goal, Harry says.

Vinyl never really went away and continues to have a cult following among fans who appreciate the tangible nature of the format in our now very digital world.

Harry Lilley
Photo shows bearded man on decks at a music festival.

Tākaro Techno Club at SwampFest 2018. Photo: Katie Cheer.

The Creative Communities Scheme is a partnership between Palmerston North City Council and Creative New Zealand to fund local arts projects. Among eligibility criteria for scheme funding is that arts projects must be within the Palmerston North City Council boundaries and have an arts or culture focus. Projects must either create opportunities for local communities to participate in arts activities, support diverse arts and cultural traditions, or enable and encourage under-18s to engage with the arts.

Council Community Funding Coordinator Brooke Carter says it is fantastic to see grassroots arts projects being able to raise their profile with assistance from the Creative Communities Scheme. “We’re excited to see the calibre of applicants that come in for the new round of funding.”

There are two rounds of Creative Communities Scheme funding for 2019-20, with a total of $101,160 available. Applications for round two funding are open until 4pm on 30 March.