Jack McGill Music Scholarship

The Jack McGill Music Scholarship supports young music practitioners who wish to further their music studies overseas. Priority is given to pianists.


Closing dates:

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up to $10,000

6 Apr 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.
  • 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.

Scholarship eligibility

To be eligible for the Jack McGill Music Scholarship, you must:

  • have completed as a minimum a university degree, a diploma, and/or LTCL or LRSM qualification related to your proposed musical studies
  • be a New Zealand citizen aged 20 or older
  • be an instrumentalist or singer (priority is given to pianists).

2. See what's funded


The Jack McGill Music Scholarship enables young music practitioners to further their music studies overseas.

Activities and costs funded

The scholarship is for 12 months and is typically awarded for an accredited course of study at a recognised overseas training institution. It can be used toward fees, travel, accommodation and/or living expenses.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients are listed on the bursaries, fellowships, scholarships and residencies web page.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

To apply:

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

Log in or register to apply online 

4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Your application will be assessed by external peer assessors who are experts in their field. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for decision. Pasifika or Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing Pacific and Māori arts applications.

Please select strategic outcome 2: High quality New Zealand Art is developed. 

5. Notification of results

Nine weeks after the closing date, we notify all applicants of the results by email.

For the 2018 round we will notify you by 8 June 2018 (Friday).

At the same time we also list successful applicants on results of our work

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 using the report template. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Project completion report (doc 106KB)

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: