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:

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up to $7500

30 Jun 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.
  • cannot be funded by a government agency, tertiary education organisation (TEO) or local authority unless the proposed activity goes beyond their core activity.

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.

Project timing

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

  • start after 3 August 2017
  • be completed within 12 months of us offering you the grant

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.

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. Interest from a bequest, made in 1999 by Mrs Octavia (Tup)Lang’s estate, contributes each year to this award. Special consideration will be given to emerging choreographers.

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, master classes, 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

Loughlan Prior, $2,400 to represent his work in Toronto in 2017 (2016)

See all previous recipients

3. Make an application

Downloads (application forms and criteria)

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How to apply

  1. Start your application online under Quick Response (you may need to register first). Indicate in your application that you would like to be considered for the Tup Lang Award. Applications open six weeks before the closing date.

  2. Gather artistic support material.

  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal.  See the budget guidelines above.

  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

Who assesses your application

Applications are assessed by Creative New Zealand staff.

Assessment criteria

Strategic outcomes: We have four long-term goals (strategic outcomes). We assess how closely the results of your project will match the strategic outcome you select as most relevant to your project. Our strategic outcomes are:

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

Project Proposal: Your proposal will also be assessed on:

  • how strong and how well-developed your idea is (what)
  • the soundness of your processes for making the project happen and evaluating the results (how)
  • the ability and experience of the people involved in the project (who)
  • the credibility, accuracy and completeness of your budget (how much).

Mātauranga Māori or Kaupapa Pasifika: If you choose, you can be assessed on how well your project fulfils the concepts of Mātauranga Māori or Kaupapa Pasifika.   For more information go to 4. Make an application.

Funding priorities

The following priorities are not part of our assessment but may be taken into account when applications receive a similar assessment score.

We may consider whether your application fulfils:

  • a funding priority for your artform
  • a funding priority for Creative New Zealand.

For more information select your artform and go to 2. See what’s funded.

We may also consider the following if you select these as potential outcomes.

  • Cultural diversity is a significant feature of the project and/or the results.
  • Innovation is a significant feature in the practice or results of the project.
  • Community participation is a significant feature of the project.

5. Notification of results

Five weeks after the closing date, we notify all applicants of the results by email. For this round we will notify on 3 August 2017 (Thursday)

We also list successful applicants on who got funded

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

Senior Arts Adviser — Dance, Interarts and Multidisciplinary Arts
Rose Campbell
04 498 0740