Funding for artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations to create a new digital artwork that will be experienced by an international audience.
You need to contact Creative New Zealand to discuss your project before you can apply. Once we have confirmed that you are eligible, we will make the application form available to you. See details under How to apply
There is no limit on the number of applications that can be submitted to this opportunity. Once you have confirmed that you are eligible to apply you can submit your application anytime before the round closes at 1:00 pm Thursday 6 April 2023.
$10,000 - $150,000
Global Digital New Work Fund 2022/23
For projects taking place between:
17 May 2023 - 17 Nov 2024
Opened: 10 Mar 2023
Closes: 6 Apr 2023, 1PM
Results due: 17 May 2023
Global Digital New Work Fund 2021/22
For projects taking place between:
10 Jun 2022 - 10 Jun 2023
Opened: 11 Apr 2022
Closed: 9 May 2022, 1PM
Our priority is to support artists or arts organisations who use digital or emerging technologies as an integral part of their practice.
You can apply if you are:
- an individual who is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and have a track record of experience and success in your artform
- a New Zealand-based organisation, group or collective
- an international arts organisation, but only if applying to directly support a New Zealand artist
- an organisation already funded through Annual Arts Grants, or the Toi Tōtara Haemata or Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes, but only if applying for a new project, or new project phase that extends beyond what we currently fund you to deliver.
And you must either:
- have a confirmed invitation or strong evidence of interest from an international presenter, or
- if you are presenting via a digital platform or channel, evidence that the platform will reach your target audience.
Before applying, you must contact Creative New Zealand to discuss your project. Once we have confirmed that you are eligible to apply, we will make the application form available to you. See details under ‘How to apply’.
You can apply under one of three funding types: Ngā toi Māori, Pacific arts or general arts.
If applying under Ngā toi Māori:
- you must be Māori, or your project must be managed or directed by Māori
- organisations, groups or collectives must be Māori-led. If an organisation is applying for funding on behalf of an individual, that person must also be Māori.
If applying under Pacific arts:
- your project must deliver outcomes to Pacific arts
You cannot apply if you are in breach of a current funding agreement.
We aim to amplify innovative digital arts practice and encourage exploration and experimentation by supporting:
- the development of new, high-quality digital artwork for an international audience
- work that uses new and emerging technology in the creation, distribution or experiencing of the work.
We’ll also consider applications from those who have:
- an existing work currently in a ‘traditional’ form that will be significantly adapted for the digital context
- started developing a digital work but wish to apply for funding to help complete the work.
We will prioritise projects:
- that foster experimentation and innovation in the development, creation, distribution, or experience of digital artwork
- where the international presenter, digital platform or collaborator is investing financially in the development or presentation of the digital artwork
- that demonstrate potential to develop new and on-going international audiences or relationships.
Your project must:
- start after 17 May 2023
- finish before 17 November 2024
You can apply only for costs incurred between these dates.
We can fund:
- Fees for artists, collaborators, and specialists or experts across industries
- Research, development, or production costs, including studio costs, rehearsals, workshops, labs, residencies, prototyping, materials, and travel
- The purchase of tools, software, or equipment to a maximum of $3,000 if they provide relevant and fit-for-purpose resources to carry out the project. You must explain in your application how they’ll be used in your project.
What we don’t fund
- Presentation costs. We expect that costs such as freight, flights, touring costs, venue hire, and marketing will be met by the international presenter and/or other partners
- Building of websites or platforms for hosting artwork, as this is also considered a presentation cost
- Retrospective or ongoing costs
- Activities already funded by another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative
- Activities another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative is designed to support
- Other activities listed in our Guidelines – What we don’t fund.
Email Catherine George, Senior Adviser – International Services and Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org or book a time online to discuss your project and confirm your eligibility.
Once we have confirmed your eligibility, register or sign in to your Creative New Zealand Portal account to apply using the online application form.
Complete the application form, add relevant support material, and submit the application before 1pm, Thursday, 6 April 2023.
For technical support to create your Creative New Zealand Portal account or use the online application form email email@example.com
How many applications can you make
You can make one application. If you apply to the Global Digital New Work Fund you cannot also apply to the Global Digital Research Fund.
The application from includes the following sections:
You must include the following support material in your application:
- A formal international plan. If you don’t already have an international plan, refer to our Guide to developing your international plan.
- Your detailed project budget, if you have chosen to supply it in Excel format
- Quotes for major budget items
- Evidence that the work will be presented internationally.
You can show evidence of the international presentation by providing either:
- A confirmed invitation or strong evidence of interest from an international presenter, and evidence that they have the experience and resources to deliver the project successfully and are contributing financially to the project, if applicable.
- Or if you are presenting via a digital platform or channel, provide evidence that the platform will reach your target audience, e.g., this might include data analytics and insights such as demographic information or regional reach.
For additional guidance about support material, see Guidelines - Support material.
In this section you tell us about:
- the central idea, or kaupapa, of your project and what your artistic aims are
- the technologies, innovative processes, or experimental approach that you’ll use to realise your digital concept or work
- how the project will result in the development of high-quality New Zealand art
In this section you tell us about:
- your plan, timeline, and process to achieve this idea
- how the project aligns with your international plan, including:
- who your target audience is
- how the project will help you develop new and ongoing international relationships
In this section you tell us about yourself, and other key people/organisations involved in your project.
In this section you tell us:
- how much you’re requesting from Creative New Zealand (between $10,000 and $150,000), and
- the total cost of the project.
You must also provide a detailed project budget that shows:
- all the costs of the project, including fair pay for artists
- which of those costs you want the Creative New Zealand grant to cover
- all sources of revenue, including in-kind support.
You can present your budget using:
- our standard project budget template, or
- the template that is built into the Budget section of the application form
For additional guidance about budgets, see Guidelines - Budgets
Global Digital New Work Fund assessment criteria
Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:
- You and any collaborating artists have a strong reputation and/or have a history of creative innovation and development within a digital context or framework
- The work being presented is well-considered for the proposed presenter, audience, market or planform
- The work being developed and presented clearly demonstrates both technical and creative innovation
Can it be achieved? We look for the following indicators:
- The process is realistic, well planned, and has appropriate risk mitigation strategies
- The budget is thorough and accurate and considers fair remuneration for artists and practitioners
- The people involved have sufficient experience to deliver this project
International Strategy/Strategic Outcomes
Does it deliver to Creative New Zealand and our International outcomes? We look for the following indicators:
- The opportunity is aligned with your international strategy and goals, or a clear rationale has been provided as to why this opportunity is important
- You have demonstrated the potential to develop new and on-going international audiences or relationships through the project
- The project helps achieve Creative New Zealand’s long-term goal that high-quality New Zealand art is developed
For more information about our assessment and decision-making process, see Guidelines - Assessment.
After the round closes, staff double check your application is eligible and then it is assessed by peer assessors.
We will let you know the result of your application on 17 May 2023. Successful applicants will be published on our Results page.
If your application is successful, we’ll contact you about your:
- Funding agreement
- Payment details
- Reporting requirements.
If your application is not successful you can email Funding Services to get feedback on it, and you may consider looking into other sources of funding and support.
For more information or advice, email Catherine George, Senior Adviser – International Services and Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org or book a time online.