International Initiatives Presentation Fund (IIPF)

This fund supports the international presentation and showcasing of high-quality work.


Closing dates:

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Amounts vary – see What we fund for details

18 Jan 2019

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1. Check your eligibility

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 apply

  • As an individual you must be a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident.
  • NZ-based organisations can apply.
  • If you are an overseas-based NZ artist or organisation you can apply. But your application must show direct benefit to NZ arts and you must have it endorsed by:
    • NZ artist(s) currently resident in NZ and/or;
    • NZ-based arts organisation(s) (must be well established).

Eligibility for the International Initiatives Presentation Fund

International Presentation

You must have:

  • An invitation to perform/exhibit as a result of one of Creative New Zealand’s international initiatives (for example from a Te Manu Ka Tau international visitor).
  • The invitation must have been received within 18 months of participating in the Creative New Zealand international initiative to which the application relates.
  • For performing arts/music, your application must include at least three paid performances or showings in a geographic region.
  • For visual arts and craft/object, the work must be presented by an internationally recognised museum, gallery or biennale which attracts a wide audience (i.e. includes the public, curators, collectors, critics).

International Market Showcase

You must have a confirmed showcase, not just a pitch or registration, at an international performing arts market.

The performing arts market must:

  • offer the opportunity to showcase market-ready work to a gathering of international presenters and artists. Examples of arts markets include PAX AUS, APAP, CINARS, Classical: NEXT, Tanzmesse. Applications will also be accepted to present at the main venues of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • include peer networking and international exchange opportunities
  • be outside Asia (see Asian Performing Arts Market Travel Fund for markets in Asia).

Presenter to View

You must have:

  • received Creative New Zealand support for the international presentation of the work you are inviting the presenter(s) or curator(s) to view.
  • The presenter(s) or curator(s) must be from a reputable, well-established organisation with a history of presenting or supporting international work.

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.

Other Creative New Zealand funding

Your project cannot have received funding from any other Creative New Zealand programme or initiative, including  Quick Response Grants, Arts Grants, the Creative Communities Scheme, our international and capability building initiatives and investment programmes.

Organisations in the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible.

How often can you apply?

Applicants are limited to one grant from each category (presentation, market showcase, presenter to view) within a 12 month period (from 1 July to 30 June).

Re-applying for the same project

You can only re-apply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Funding Services. Contact Funding Services first to see if your application would be eligible for re-submission.

2. See what's funded


The objectives of the fund are to support invitations to present and view New Zealand performing arts, music, visual art and craft internationally in order to develop on-going global audiences, markets and networks.

What we fund

Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate:

  • that the invitation for international presentation is the direct result of the Te Manu Ka Tau Flying Friends programme
  • there is potential for the work to receive further touring or presentation opportunities as a result of this opportunity
  • there is potential to open new international markets for the artist/company.

Costs covered

International Presentation

Up to $50,000 towards:

  • international airfares 
  • travel insurance
  • freight costs or costs associated with creating or recreating work in situ
  • proven costs associated with presenting work internationally up to $10,000, e.g. translation, marketing and rehearsals.

International Market Showcase

Up to 50% of total costs to a maximum of $30,000.

Presenter to View

Up to $2,500 towards flights and accommodation for international presenter(s) or curator(s).

What we don’t fund

  • activities that are the funding responsibility of other government agencies, eg feature films, music videos or content for radio or television
  • game design, fashion design or commercial design
  • education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand
  • marae restoration or adornments such as whakairo, tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai
  • buying capital items
  • buying or renovating buildings
  • an organisation's ongoing administration or infrastructure costs, except through our investment programmes
  • international promotion of NZ literature. Applications can be made to the Publishers Association of New Zealand
  • activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) or a territorial (local) authority (including a Council Controlled Organisation). Applications from staff or contractors of a TEO, or a TEO subsidiary, must disclose the full extent of the support they will receive from the TEO for their proposed project. Where equivalent, competing applications are received from TEO applicants, and those not, priority is given to freelance artists and practitioners.

Application guidelines and requirements for specific activities

Specific requirements and guidelines apply to some activities so you must check if any are relevant to your application. You can download the PDF Application Requirements and Guidelines for Specific Activities in Make an Application. If you have questions or are unsure about your best funding pathway consult the funding services team

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 (see below for details)
  3. Prepare a budget using our online budget template
  4. Submit your application online by 5 pm on the closing date.

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What to include

The following information must be included in your application.

  • Written confirmation of your invitation to present, exhibit or showcase from the international presenter or market organiser. This must include the type of support and/or level of financial contribution e.g. fees, accommodation and/or other landed costs if applicable.
  • Performing arts/music organisations applying for support towards international presentation must show they have at least three confirmed paid performances or showings in a geographic region.
  • For presenter to view applications, a letter of interest from the international presenter.
  • An overview of your international strategy and a rationale for how this particular opportunity delivers to the strategy. See our guide on how to develop an international strategy
  • Quotes to support the budget including travel, freight and remount quotes.

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on

Review the assessment criteria and ensure you respond to these in your application.


  • The work is tour-ready and high-quality with a track record of successful presentations/exhibitions.
  • The reputation of the presenter(s) (festival, market, venue, gallery) is strong.
  • There is potential for future international opportunities to arise for the artist/company as a result of this activity.


  • The budget is thorough and accurate.
  • The financial or in-kind contribution from the international host partner/presenter is appropriate, OR for performing arts market showcases there is evidence that the applicant is matching Creative New Zealand’s investment.
  • The applicant is capable of delivering this opportunity to a high standard.
  • The tour/presentation schedule is well considered and logistically viable.

Applicant's International Strategy/Goals

  • The strategy/goals are clear.
  • The target markets/platforms are well considered.
  • The strategy/goals are realistic in that timeframes are achievable and resources are available.
  • This opportunity is aligned to the applicant’s international strategy or a clear rationale has been provided for why this invitation should be accepted.

Strategic fit

  • The project has good potential to develop international markets and audiences for New Zealand art.
  • The project will strengthen existing networks and/or develop new networks of international key influencers.
  • There is potential for this project to generate future international opportunities beyond the artists involved.

Scoring your application

This assessment scale is used to score your application:

7---Excellent - Exceeds all indicators
6--- Very good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one
5--- Good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4--- Acceptable - Satisfies all indicators
3--- Minor Reservations - Satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2--- Major Reservations - Satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1--- Unacceptable - Does not meet the indicators

Who assesses your application

External peer assessors will assess your application. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

External peer assessors are asked to evaluate a range of applications made to Creative New Zealand’s funding programmes and initiatives against specific criteria.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

Five weeks after the closing date we will advise you of our decision.

  • For the 18 January 2019 round we will notify you on Friday 22 February 2019.

We also list successful applicants on who got funded

If you are successful, we will contact you about your:

  • funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

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7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: