NewTracks

NewTracks is an online monthly compilation of new songs from local artists that NZ On Air distributes to radio stations, broadcast, streaming and online media throughout Aotearoa, in the hopes to get more local music featured on their platforms.

NewTracks is distributed digitally to broadcasters at the beginning of each month; we no longer offer a physical disc (previously called the Kiwi Hit Disc between 1989 to 2011). As of 2023, we have also replicated our compilations as online playlists onto our NZ On Air Music Spotify and Apple Music profiles, which you can find here.
 
The song you apply with does not need to be funded by NZ On Air - both funded and non-funded songs are included each month. To find out more about the music funding we have available, click here.
 
To be considered for inclusion you need to be completely ready to release your song within the month of the compilation and you will need all assets ready to go.
 

For the initial application you will need:

An MP3 of your song
Cover image art in JPEG or PNG to go alongside your song 
Release information and artist background information to help promote the song
• If your song is successful, we will ask you to upload a high quality WAV file of your song, as well as a high quality press image of the artist/band applying
 
If you are applying for children's music, please go to our NewTracks Kids website here.
 

NewTracks Deadline:

The June NewTracks compilation opens for applications on the Wednesday 1 May and the deadline is Wednesday 15 May at 4pm. Click the button below to apply.

As of January 2024, we will be changing our NewTracks deadline date from the 20th of every month, to the new deadline of the 15th of every month. This allows more time for programmers, schedulers and journalists to better plan around great releases from Aotearoa artists.
 

Recommended Release Dates:

The recommended release dates for the June 2024 compilation is for any singles released between 20th April - 10th June 2024. Your song will need to be within these dates to be eligible to apply. 
 

All 2024 dates and deadlines:
• June compilation – Round open Wednesday 1 May | Deadline Wednesday 15 May
> For songs released between 20 April - 10 June
• July compilation – Round open Saturday 1 June | Deadline Saturday 15 June
> For songs released between 20 May - 10 July
• August compilation – Round open Tuesday 2 July | Deadline Monday 15 July
> For songs released between 20 June - 10 August
• September compilation – Round open Thursday 1 August | Deadline Thursday 15 August
> For songs released between 20 July - 10 September
• October compilation – Round open Monday 2 September | Deadline Sunday 15 September
> For songs released between 20 August - 10 October
• November compilation – Round open Tuesday 1 October | Deadline Tuesday 15 October
> For songs released between 20 September - 10 November
• December compilation – Round open Friday 1 November | Deadline Friday 15 November
> For songs released between 20 October - 31 December


Applications

If you want to submit a track for consideration for the next NewTracks compilation, go here.

Applications are currently closed.

Authorised User Login

If you are a broadcaster or authorised user, log in here to access the latest NewTracks compilation and the archive of earlier releases.


Got questions?

Contact Casey on newtracks@nzonair.govt.nz