Some activities have specific eligibility criteria. These are listed below:
Commissions must result in works that are ready for an initial public presentation, for example, a performance, an exhibition or a manuscript. Applications must include evidence that the work is likely to result in a public presentation.
Grants for commissioning permanent public artworks will be directed towards artists' fees and
material costs. Your application will need to:
Support is available for the commissioning of new music or sound work. You must be a performer, practitioner, ensemble or arts organisation who will premiere the new work, and the fee applied for must be provided to the composer. Your application must tell us when and where the new work will be premiered, and by whom.
If a new work will be premiered by an overseas-based performer/s, ensemble or arts organisation, the composer must submit the application and include written evidence that the overseas party has agreed to present the work.
Composers can also apply for support to create or ‘self-commission’ new work. As with commissions(above), there must be a performance of the new work.
Creative New Zealand prioritises high-quality New Zealand work that will receive multiple live performances and engage new and/or diverse audiences. If the work will receive multiple performances, include details in your application, for example confirmations or strong expressions of interest from other performers or arts organisations.
You will also need to tell us how new and/or diverse audiences will be reached and be able to describe the type(s) of audience for your work. A useful resource to help you think about your audience is Culture Segments New Zealand.
Commission applications should include evidence that the commissioned composer has agreed to the fee and any terms and conditions as negotiated by both parties. The Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) provides a sample commissioning agreement.
Support for score preparation, preparation of parts and costs associated with first or subsequent performances are not eligible for support where the focus of the project is on the creation of the new work.
Creative New Zealand is interested in projects that:
For a community arts project to be eligible for an Arts Grant:
These are examples of community arts activities that can be supported:
Important: If you have received Creative Communities Scheme funding, you cannot apply for an Arts Grant for the same project.
Funding up to a maximum grant of $30,000 is available if you are running a competition that supports professional development, reaches new audiences, or develops young artists. However, this funding cannot be used for competition prizes.
Creative New Zealand supports studio-based design, giving priority to furniture and object-based design proposals. Please discuss your design project proposal with the relevant arts adviser before you apply. Funding is available for:
Other design projects that can be supported include those that:
If you are applying for funding for the premiere of a New Zealand production, we recommend you include up to $5,000 in your budget to make a high-quality DVD to document the work. We are more likely to fund this if an experienced digital arts practitioner is involved.
Funding of up to a maximum grant of $30,000 is available to support documentary or archival projects on a New Zealand artist or artform. You should apply under the relevant artform or cultural arts practice.
Please discuss your application with an arts adviser before you apply. If your project is a narrative short or feature film, or you are seeking funding to attend an overseas A-list festival with your film, please contact the New Zealand Film Commission.
Funding requests need to be for specific, identified events that are part of the festival programme. Shortfall budgets - where Creative New Zealand funding is requested to make up the shortfall between budgeted income and expenditure - are not acceptable.
Pasifika community groups applying to attend festivals in the Pacific to learn about heritage arts need to show that:
Funding is available for published New Zealand writers to present and promote their work at a New Zealand literary festival or as part of the literary component of an arts festival. The organiser’s application should be for an identified component of the budget (e.g. New Zealand writers’ fees, New Zealand writers’ travel or accommodation costs).
Creative New Zealand defines a ‘pan-artform festival’ as an activity or series of events that meets all of these criteria:
If you are intending to apply under the Pan-artform category, you must discuss your application with the relevant arts adviser before you apply.
If you are applying for funding for a pan-artform festival involving an integrated programme of work, you must complete the specific Pan-artform Festivals Budget Template in addition to the usual application template.
These guidelines on the level of funding available are based on a percentage of the total amount of the festival’s revenue:
Revenue refers to all the income required to deliver the festival including:
Assessment of pan-artform festival applications will also take into account:
Support may be available for festivals in New Zealand that provide opportunities for:
Creative New Zealand uses the term ‘inter-arts’ to mean an arts practice that uses skills, techniques and processes drawn from the range of artforms or cultural arts practices that we support, which are craft/object, dance, literature, Māori arts, music, Pacific arts, theatre and visual arts.
Your application may not be suitable for assessment as an inter-arts project if:
You can apply for funding to bring international artists to New Zealand if their visit will have direct creative or professional-development benefits for New Zealand artists, practitioners or arts organisations. Examples would be workshops or master classes, or helping New Zealand artists to develop their work. You cannot apply if the main focus of the artist’s visit is to perform, exhibit or develop their own work.
Funding up to a maximum grant of $12,000 is available to support a New Zealand artist’s international professional development or international postgraduate study. You can apply for up to 80% of the overall cost of the opportunity, but you must provide evidence that:
You can apply for funding for:
If you are a musician you may be able to apply for a scholarship for post-graduate study. Please see www.creativenz.govt.nz/findfunding.
If you are a writer invited to attend an international literary festival, you may be able to apply for support through the International Travel Fund for writers, see the New Zealand Book Council website for more details.
A maximum grant of $5,000 is available for mentoring. Only the mentee can apply for funding for a mentoring project. Funding is usually directed towards a fee for the mentor or reasonable expenses, for example telephone calls and transport.
Creative New Zealand’s definition of mentoring is when an established artist or practitioner
(the mentor) passes on skills or knowledge to a less experienced artist or practitioner (the mentee). This may involve giving feedback on a project, helping the mentee develop skills, or building knowledge of the professional arts sector.
The application from the mentee will need to identify:
A mentoring application should not include the costs of an exhibition, production or presentation. However, an application can include the cost of engaging a mentor to work with a mentee as they develop an exhibition, production or presentation.
Support is available for emerging and established New Zealand artists to make recordings of original high-quality New Zealand music.
We do not set any standard recording length for grants as this this will depend on the purpose of the recording. We can also support the recording of sound art that can only be distributed and experienced in recorded form.
Applicants are not eligible to apply to us for a recording grant if they have already received support or intend applying for recording funding to NZ On Air’s Making Tracks or Te Māngai Pāho’s contestable fund for Māori Music CD productions.
A recording project where the main purpose is to distribute the recording via retail or online platforms is not eligible for funding. Similarly living expenses, such as accommodation and travel costs are not eligible.
Applications must include:
If funding is sought for only one or two parts of a recording project (for example, recording, mixing, mastering or manufacturing), the applicant must outline their plans for the other part/s of the project. The amount requested should reflect the number of people involved and their experience, the costs involved for the relevant delivery formats (CD, vinyl or on-line), and the scale of the project.
The maximum funding available is:
If you are developing or presenting work that involves new media or digital technology your
application will need to specify the appropriate artform. This will depend on the nature of the work and on how audiences engage with it. For example, if a moving image work is to be exhibited in a gallery, the appropriate artform would be Visual Arts.
Creative New Zealand uses the term ‘Heritage arts’ to mean the artistic expressions and forms that reflect a particular cultural tradition practised by a Pacific Island group or nation.
Pasifika communities, cultural groups, arts groups and individuals based in New Zealand who wish to preserve, develop and transmit a particular heritage artform or cultural arts practice can apply for funding for the following types of activities:
Creative New Zealand accepts applications from individual artists, galleries or publishers. The main focus is to support:
We prefer that you have a publishing partner because this helps offset the costs, shows that there is audience demand, and ensures that the publication will be distributed as widely as possible.
You need to provide the following information in your application:
Creative New Zealand can provide support for fees for writers, designers, photographers and editors, and for printing and distribution costs.
As well as addressing the key questions set out under each heading in the application form, publishers of literary magazines or review journals must also:
Creative New Zealand can support the publishing of monographs, essay series, journals, music scores and critical writing about New Zealand music. Your application must include evidence that you have permission to use copyright material. If the copyright holder has licensed work, we need to know the limitations imposed on the rights granted. Music publishers should state whether they are members of APRA.
Creative New Zealand provides incentives for publishers to publish high-quality New Zealand
literature taking into account any profit likely from book sales. Subsidies are available at set rates and can be applied for as:
Please use the Individual Publishing Subsidies Budget Template on the Creative New Zealand website if you are applying for an individual publishing subsidy. Individual Publishing Subsidies Guidelines are available also.
The current maximum publishing subsidy rates for all publications are:
The following additional subsidies are available for literature in te reo, a Pasfika language, non-fiction or for an artform publication.
Additional funding above these subsidies rates may be available if a publisher can demonstrate the work is of an exceptional nature.
Applications must be made by the host organisation. If the residency is within an educational institution, the application also needs to show how the artist’s activity will be distinct from the institution’s ongoing educational programme. Applicants are advised to discuss their application with an arts adviser before submitting their application.
Creative New Zealand has established partnerships with a number of overseas institutions to host residencies for New Zealand artists. Information is available at www.creativenz.govt.nz/findfunding
You can also apply for funding for a residency at an institution with which Creative New Zealand has no formal partnership. A wide range of opportunities are listed on the website of the International Association of Residential Arts Centres, at www.resartis.org
Applications to undertake an international residency should include:
Applications may be strengthened where there is evidence of demand. Examples of demand include:
Creative New Zealand defines ‘touring’ as involving three or more consecutive performances, presentations or exhibitions in different locations. If you are proposing to tour a previously presented production, exhibition, and performance or published writer, your application must provide evidence that:
Funding is available for touring to venues, except for those supported through Creative New Zealand’s Regional Touring Fund.
It is available for:
You will need to show how box-office income or other income generated from the tour will contribute to the other costs of the tour.
Funding will contribute towards:
For your project to be eligible the host or presenter who has extended the invitation must contribute towards the landed costs of the project.
Examples of a host’s or presenter’s contributions would be:
Your application must also show evidence of demand for the work – for example, a letter from the presenter confirming the presentation, or the payment of artist and practitioner fees, box-office or sales revenue.
Creative New Zealand also supports international touring through the International Presentation Fund. There is also an International Travel Fund for writers, see the New Zealand Book Council website for more details.
Funding can support website projects that:
Requests for support can be towards developing a new website or maintaining an established website. You will also need to show how the website will fill current gaps by providing a unique experience or content in that artform.
Funding applications for web-based art projects can seek a contribution towards the fees charged by New Zealand artists and practitioners involved in the project.
Up to $30,000 per year is available for editorial costs. You can also apply for contributing writers’ fees and up to $5,000 for placing work directly on the website.
Your application will need to include:
A maximum grant of $5,000 is available to develop a new website. Your application will need to include:
Costs related to the placing of work on a website may include: