By 3 News online staff
Sheep, Dog & Wolf is the winner of the Hallenstein Brothers Critics' Choice Prize in the 2013 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Finalists Janine and the Mixtape, Paquin and Sheep, Dog & Wolf each performed a live set at the King's Arms in Auckland last night in front of a crowd including a panel of 10 music critics.
"I'm stunned. I'm just so happy. Paquin and Janine and the Mixtape were incredible tonight; I can't wait to see where they go next," says Sheep, Dog & Wolf - the stage name of Auckland's Daniel McBride.
The Critics' Choice Prize, now in its fourth year, is designed to recognise and promote up-and-coming Kiwi music talent and potential future music awards winners.
Past winners include the likes of Kimbra and Watercolours while The Naked and Famous and Homebrew are among previous finalists.
In addition to recognition from top music industry experts, Sheep, Dog & Wolf is awarded a $10,000 recording and music video grant from NZ On Air.
He will also get professional guidance and advice from several heavyweights in the music industry to help him succeed in the New Zealand music market. This includes meetings and mentoring sessions from Brent Eccles Entertainment, Entertainment Accounting Services and McLaughlin Law.
Sheep, Dog & Wolf also receives a 12-month membership to the Music Managers Forum where he can attend seminars free of charge and also make use of one-on-one mentoring sessions.
Finally, IPONZ is tailoring a package around Sheep, Dog & Wolf's intellectual property needs to ensure he can protect and manage the IP he creates.
The VNZMAs hosted by Shannon Ryan and Stan Walker will screen on FOUR, from 8pm on Thursday, November 21.