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New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarships

Each year, up to two New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarships enable young musicians to undertake study or gain further musical experience at a tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas.


Closing dates:

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$16,000 for up to two scholarships

10 Mar 2017

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.

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
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success
    • specialised training or practical experience.

Scholarship eligibility

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 or resident
  • preferably be under 25.

2. See what's funded


The New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarships enable young musicians to further their music studies in New Zealand or overseas.

Activities and costs funded

Up to $16,000 is available to support up to two 12-month scholarships each year.

The scholarships are awarded for study at a recognised New Zealand or overseas tertiary institution.

They can be used toward fees, travel, accommodation and/or living expenses.

Previous recipients

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

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

Register or Log in

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 on the closing date.

Log in or register to apply online

4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Applications are assessed by Creative New Zealand staff and external peer assessors. Pasifika or Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing Pacific and Māori arts applications.

5. Notification of results

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

For the 2017 round we will notify you by  17 May 2017 (Wednesday).

At the same time, we also list successful applicants in the results of our work section of our website.

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 266KB)

7. Who to contact

Senior Adviser - Music
Lee Martelli-Wood
(09) 373 3091