New Work to Asia Fund

This programme supports the development of new, high-quality New Zealand work for presentation in targeted territories in Asia. This fund replaces the Asia/NZ Co-commissioning Fund.


Closing dates:

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$250,000 over two rounds

20 Oct 2017

Artforms funded:

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1. Check your eligibility

New Zealand artists and companies working in any artform are eligible. They must meet the following criteria.

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.

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.

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
    • specialised training or practical experience.

Applications from arts organisation/presenters in Asia

Applications are encouraged from arts organisations or presenters based in targeted territories in Asia who are:

  • collaborating with New Zealand organisations; and
  • looking to commission or co-commission the development of new, high-quality work to be presented in Asia.

Targeted territories are China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

Applications must have the following to be eligible:

  • The work must be suitable for audiences in one or more of the targeted territories.  
  • The work must be of high artistic merit. New work includes work already in development.
  • Projects must be aligned s with the NZ artist/company’s international goals and demonstrate the potential for new and on-going strategic relationships and/or cultural and artistic exchange.
  • Applicants must supply written evidence of strong interest from a presenter in at least one of the targeted territories.
  • An indication of presentation dates and financial commitment from the presenter(s).

Evidence of strong interest from a New Zealand presenter will strengthen applications from arts organisations/presenters in Asia.

2. See what's funded


This programme offers funding for the development of new, high-quality New Zealand work for presentation in targeted territories in Asia. It is part of Creative New Zealand’s Focus on Asia initiative.

Priority will be given to projects where the presenter(s) is investing financially in the development and presentation of the new work.  

Costs covered

Costs relating to the development and creation of new work including:

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

Costs not covered

Presentation costs are not covered. We expect that costs such as freight, flights, touring costs, venue hire and marketing will be met by the presenter and/or other partners.

What we don’t fund

We are not able to fund projects that have already received support from our investment or grant funding programmes for the new work development.

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 budget using our budget template
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm Friday 20 October.

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4. Assessing applications

Proposals will be assessed by an external panel of assessors on the following:

  • the artistic merit of the new work
  • the track record of the New Zealand artists involved
  • the suitability of the work for international audiences
  • the calibre and commitment of the presenter(s) who is investing in and presenting the work
  • alignment to the artist/company’s international goals and the potential for development of new and on-going strategic long-term relationships and/or cultural and artistic exchange
  • how well the application meets the purpose and aims of the programme.

5. Notification of results

Applicants will be notified on Monday 27 November 2017

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

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 12 weeks of the project end date using the report template provided by Creative New Zealand. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

A follow-up report is required 18 months after the completion report to ascertain whether subsequent opportunities have come about as a result of this project.

7. Who to contact

Catherine George
Senior Adviser, International - Asia
DDI: 09 926 5480
Mobile: 027 807 4221