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Asia/New Zealand Co-commissioning Fund

The Asia/New Zealand Co-commissioning Fund offers funding to support the commissioning of New Zealand work to be presented in both New Zealand and Asia.


Closing dates:

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$150,000 over two rounds

17 Oct 2016

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council.

Benefits and track record

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • Your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • You must have a track record of experience and success — this means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success
    • specialised training or practical experience.

Who can't apply

We are not able to consider proposals from organisations funded by a government agency, tertiary institution or local authority unless the proposed activity goes beyond the core or contracted activity for which they receive funding.

Late reports and breaches of agreements

We cannot fund you if you, your organisation, or key members of your team:

  • are more than 16 weeks overdue with a report for a previous grant or investment
  • are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement
  • were in 'default' of a funding agreement and sent in a late report in the six months prior to the closing date for a new application.

Asia/New Zealand Co-commissioning Fund eligibility criteria

The work

  • The new work concept must be of high artistic merit.
  • The New Zealand artists involved must have a track record for delivering high quality work.
  • Projects can be new works or works which are already in development.
  • The work should be suitable for domestic and international audiences.
  • Projects must demonstrate the potential to develop new and ongoing strategic long-term relationships and/or cultural and artistic exchange.


The project must include:

  • one or more confirmed commissioning partner(s) who are financially investing in the development of the work, and
  • presenting partners in New Zealand and in at least one of the following territories:
    • China
    • Japan
    • Korea
    • Hong Kong
    • Taiwan
    • Singapore.

Funding priorities

Priority is given to projects where the presenting partners are also investing in the development of the new work.

What we can't support under the fund

We are not able to fund:

  • aspects of projects that have already received support from our investment or grant funding programmes
  • presentation costs, eg venue hire or marketing costs.

2. See what's funded


This fund supports the commissioning of new work with New Zealand and Asian partners for national and international presentation. The presenting partners and/or other income are expected to support the presentation of the work.

Costs covered

Costs relating to the creation of new work are eligible, including:

  • artists’ fees for New Zealand artists
  • artists' fees for Asian artists and practitioners working in collaboration with New Zealand artists
  • research and development, including travel costs
  • materials
  • rehearsals.

Costs not covered

Presentation costs are not eligible, eg venue hire or marketing costs.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first)
  2. Gather support material
  3. Prepare a detailed project budget using our budget template
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Both internal and external assessors assess proposals.

Assessment criteria

We assess:

  • the artistic merit of the new work
  • the track record of the New Zealand artists involved
  • the suitability of the work for domestic and international audiences
  • the calibre and commitment of the New Zealand and Asian partners who are investing in/presenting the work
  • the potential for development of new and ongoing strategic long-term relationships and/or cultural and artistic exchange
  • how well the proposal meets Creative New Zealand’s strategic outcomes.

5. Notification of results

Applicants will be notified on Friday 9 December 2016

We also list successful applicants on the who got funded web page.

If you are successful, we will contact you about your funding agreement, including the payment schedule and reporting requirements.

6. On completion

Grant recipients must provide a satisfactory written project completion report within 12 weeks of the project completion date. In some cases recipients will also be required to submit an interim progress report.

The report requirmements and timefrimes are negotiated when the individual Funding Agreements are agreed.

7. Who to contact

Catherine George
Senior Adviser, International - Asia
DDI: 09 926 5480
Mobile: 027 807 4221
Email: catherine.george@creativenz.govt.nz