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Tup Lang Choreographic Award

The Tup Lang Choreographic Award promotes and encourages choreography in New Zealand contemporary dance, and especially the work of emerging choreographers. It was established in 1999 from a bequest by Mrs Lang.


Closing dates:

Find out who got funded recently

Funding sum to be confirmed

26 Jun 2015

Artforms funded:

This content is tagged as Dance .

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.

Priority is given to proposals involving the work of emerging choreographers.

Your track record

For a dance practitioner, success means having undertaken a key creative role (such as a dancer/choreographer) in at least one publicly presented work that achieved a degree of critical or box-office success. This does not include performances made as part of a course of study.

Project timing

Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must:

  • not start before we notify you of the result
  • be completed within 12 months of us offering you the grant

Other funding

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

How often you can apply

  • You can make up to two applications in a funding round.
  • You can apply up to four times in total in a calendar year (1 January to 31 December) for a Quick Response Grant, Arts Grant, Toi Ake and/or Tohunga Tukunga, eg two arts grant applications and two Toi Ake applications.
  • If we turn down an application, you can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Arts Grants.

2. See what's funded


The Tup Lang Choreographic Award promotes and encourages choreography in New Zealand contemporary dance.

Dance activities

Our priorities

We are particularly interested in dance groups and individuals undertaking high-quality creative development and/or presentation projects.  

We are also interested in projects or programmes of activity that:

  • are by, with or for young people up to the age of 18.
  • involve the innovative and cost-effective use of digital technologies to create high-quality New Zealand work and/or to engage and interact with audiences.

Other activities we support

We can also fund a range of other activities, for example:

Developing or presenting work

  • commissions to research, develop and present new work
  • creating a dance work using new media, digital arts or film-based skills and technologies
  • workshops, wānanga or fono to develop production concepts

Developing skills and audiences

  • mentoring and internship programmes
  • residencies in New Zealand or overseas
  • workshops, wānanga, fono, forums, masterclasses, seminars and other opportunities for creative and professional development for New Zealand choreographers

Projects with international connections

  • international opportunities for creative and professional development for a New Zealand choreographers

Other dance projects

  • community arts projects that focus on professional dancers and practitioners working with communities, or that have regional or national significance

Previous recipients are listed on the who got funded web page.

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

  1. Read the Guide to Preparing a Quick Response Application. 
  2. Decide whether you are applying for general arts, Pacific arts or Māori arts funding.
  3. Determine which one of our outcomes (long-term goals) your project focuses on.
  4. Complete the Quick Response application form.
  5. Note on your application form that you would like to be considered for the Tup Lang Choreographic Award.
  6. Submit your complete application package by post, courier or hand, to arrive at our Auckland office by 5pm on the closing date.

What to include

Number of copies

Your application must include:

  • Two copies of:
    • Part I: Applicant Details
    • Part II: Project Details
    • Part III: Project Proposal (including supporting documents and budget information)
  • One copy of:
    • Part IV: Artistic Support Material (printed, hard copy or web links only)
    • Part V: Declaration.


Your application must be:

  • printed or photocopied
  • on A4-size (210mm x 297mm) or US letter-size (216mm x 279mm) standard weight paper
  • bulldog-clipped (do not staple or bind it).

Support material

  • Where possible, supply links to your work online; otherwise provide electronic copies on CD or DVD.
  • Do not send originals as we do not return support material.
  • Hard copy artistic support material must be no larger than foolscap size (216mm x 343mm) and labelled with your name and project name in the header and footer
  • If submitting hard copy images, clearly number and mark them with your name and the title of the work, accompanied by a list giving the dates of the works, their medium and dimensions.

Submitting your application

How, when and where

All applications, including those sent from overseas must arrive:

  • together with all supporting material.
  • by 5.00pm on the closing date
  • by post, by courier, or by hand
  • at Creative New Zealand’s Wellington office

No exceptions are made.

Wellington office addresses


Tup Lang Choreographic Award
Creative New Zealand 
PO Box 3806 
Wellington 6140

Courier or hand-delivery

Tup Lang Choreographic Award
Creative New Zealand
Aorangi House 
Level 10, 85 Molesworth Street 
Wellington 6011

Keep any courier receipts with track and trace information until you have received our acknowledgement.


Within two weeks of the closing date you should receive an email confirming that we have received your application. If not, contact us on info@creativenz.govt.nz or (04) 473 0880.

To make a strong application:

if there is an application guide, read it carefully
use our glossary to check the meaning of the terms we use.

Content to include

  • Clearly explain your project idea and what will be achieved.
  • Describe how your project will achieve the Creative New Zealand strategic outcome you selected
  • Describe what a successful project will look like (how you will evaluate its success).
  • Demonstrate how you'll compete the project in the timeframe. A timeline or production schedule may be useful.
  • Identify the key people and their experience.
  • Provide detailed financial information that is accurate and relevant.
  • Provide detailed itineraries if applicable: when, where, who and why.
  • Provide confirmation of venues if possible.

Support material

Ensure that:

  • you provide brief, recent and relevant artistic support material
  • audio and video support material is of good quality and accessible
  • you provide up to three up-to-date relevant letters of support, with one preferably from someone not directly involved with your project. We cannot consider letter of support from Creative New Zealand staff or members of the Arts Council. 

Evidence of demand

Evidence of demand can strengthen your application. Examples include:

  • box-office income or recording sales
  • fees to be paid by practitioners enrolled in a professional-development course
  • performance or appearance fees being paid by venues, presenters or exhibitors.

4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Applications are assessed by Creative New Zealand staff. 

Assessment criteria

Match with our goals

We assess how closely the results of your proposed project match the long-term goal (strategic outcome) you selected as most relevant to your project, ie how well it achieves one of the following:

  • New Zealanders participate in the art
  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed
  • New Zealanders experience high-quality arts
  • New Zealand arts gain international success

General arts funding

If relevant, we consider how your proposed activities respond to New Zealand’s demography.

Pacific arts funding

We consider how kaupapa Pasifika is evident in the practice and results of your proposed activities.

Māori arts funding

We consider how Mātauranga Māori is evident in the practice and results of your proposed activities.

5. Notification of results

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

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

If you are successful, we will contact you about your funding agreement including payment schedule and 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 template (doc 266KB)

7. Who to contact

Rose Campbell (Arts Adviser - Dance)
Phone: 04 498 0740
Email: rose.campbell@creativenz.govt.nz