International Initiatives Presentation Fund

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


Closing dates:

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Up to $50,000 for international presentation. Up to $30,000 for showcasing at a market.

19 Oct 2018

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

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).

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.

Eligibility for the International Initiatives Presentation Fund

  • You must have an invite to perform/exhibit as a result of one of our international initiatives
  • You must have received the invitation within 18 months of participating in the initiative.
  • For international showcasing applications, you must have an invite to showcase at an international performing arts market that:
    • is outside of Australia and Asia.
    • is a gathering of international presenters and artists.
    • includes the opportunity to showcase work alongside peer networking. eg, APAP, CINARS, Classical: NEXT or Tanzmess.
    • aligns with your international strategy/goals. 

Music and performing arts

A tour must include at least three paid performances or showings in a geographic region. Or if showcasing at a market, any number of performances is acceptable. 

Visual arts and craft/object

The work must be presented in multiple venues or to multiple and diverse audiences.

For information about other markets and where to apply, see the ‘what’s not funded’ section below.

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.

2. See what's funded

Purpose of the fund

To support invitations to present New Zealand art internationally in order to develop on-going global audiences, markets and networks.

What we fund

Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate:

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

Costs covered

The fund contributes 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. eg, translation, marketing and rehearsals.

New Zealand arts organisations can also apply for costs of flights and accommodation (up to $2,500) for an international presenter/curator to view work being presented or toured internationally with Creative New Zealand support. The international presenter/curator must be from a reputable, well-established organisation with a history of presenting or supporting international work.

Funding limits

  • Up to $50,000 per application for an international presentation eg, performances or exhibitions as part of a tour. 
  • You can apply for 50% of total costs up to $30,000 per application for an international market showcase (outside of Asia and Australia). 
  • Up to two applications per applicant within a 12 month period (from 1 July to 30 June) – one application for a presentation and one for a market showcase

What's not funded

  • Activities that are the funding responsibility of other government agencies.
  • Opportunities to participate in literary festivals or other international promotional activities for literature. These are supported by the International Promotional Fund for Literature administered by the Publishers’ Association of New Zealand (PANZ)
  • Opportunities for commercial galleries and art/craft applicants to participate in international art fairs. These are supported by our International Art Fair Fund
  • Opportunities to showcase in Asian performing arts markets. These are supported by the Asian performing arts markets travel fund
  • Opportunities to showcase or attend international markets for contemporary popular music. These are supported by the New Zealand Music Commission.
  • Toi Totara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea clients will not be funded unless the presentation or tour is in addition to planned international activities already funded by Creative New Zealand.
  • Projects already funded by Quick Response or Arts Grants.
  • 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.
  • An organisation's ongoing administration or infrastructure costs.

If you 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 the budget template in the online application portal.
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm 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 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.  

  • Performing arts organisations applying towards international presentation must show they have at least three confirmed paid performances or showings in a geographic region.

  • An international strategy. See our guide on how to develop an international strategy

  • Quotes to support the budget  including travel, freight and remount quotes

  • Letter of interest from an international presenter if applying for travel costs to see the work presented internationally.

4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Your application will be assessed by external peer assessors. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

What we assess your application on

We assess how well you can deliver on the opportunity and how your proposal aligns with your international strategy.


  • The work is tour-ready and high-quality with a track record of successful presentations.
  • 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 project.


  • 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 schedule or presentation is well considered and logistically viable.

Applicant's International Strategy/Goals

  • The strategy/goals are well considered and 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 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.

5. Notification of results

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

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.

Project Completion Report template (doc 106KB)

Project completion report - request for extension (pdf 219KB)

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: