The award winners will be announced on April 20, along with the inaugural NZ On Air Outstanding Music Journalism Award, IMNZ Classic Record and the Independent Spirit Award recipients.
Open to all labels and genres of music, the Taite Music Prize is judged on artistic merit, regardless of resulting sales success. The winner will receive a cash prize of $12,500. A voting academy of IMNZ members, musicians, and music industry personnel voted to produce the shortlisted finalist albums. A panel comprising musicians, journalists, and music industry professionals subsequently debates the shortlisted albums to decide the winner.
The 10 albums in contention for the 2022 Taite Music Prize notably include eight from solo artists. They are:
Also album-based, the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut Award celebrates fresh talent, with the winner receiving a $2000 cash prize. The three artists/albums nominated are: