The winner of this year’s Taite Music Prize is Sean Donnelly who records as SJD. Donnelly receives a cash prize of $10,000 and the kudos of winning a prize named in honour of the late great Dylan Taite, one of New Zealand’s great music scribes. The Taite Prize is organised by IMNZ (Independent Music New Zealand) and PPNZ Music Licensing kindly supplies the cash prize.
He also wins free recording time at Red Bull Studios and the sponsor’s product.
I’m thrilled that the prize went to someone with talent. The Taite Prize usually does of course. But Sean Donnelly is one of my favourite songwriters and musicians working in music in New Zealand today. Actually, scratch that NZ bit if you like, he’s one of my favourite musicians and songwriters working today.
Off The Tracks loved his most recent album. In fact I’ve been a fan of every record and have enjoyed listening to his evolution.
Congratulations Sean. Well earned.