Australia Performing Arts Market (APAM): Performing Asia 2018

Supporting market-ready performing artists and producers to build relationships and explore exchange opportunities with industry peers from Asia and Australia. Performing Asia is part of the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in Brisbane during February 2018.


NZ$3,300 towards travel, accommodation, and event registration.
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Round 1
3 Nov 2017, 1pm

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. 
  • 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.

Eligibility for APAM: Performing Asia 2018

You must demonstrate:

  • a minimum of five years’ experience in the contemporary performing arts as a producer or artist
  • experience of developing or delivering collaborative projects  in Asia and/or a track record of international touring to Asia within the last 2 years
  • an interest in contributing to future collaborative projects in Asia and/or international tours
  • a clear objective for attending this programme
  •  your availability to attend both the Performing Asia and APAM programmes from 16 – 23 February 2018.  

2. See what's funded

We will support up to five applicants to attend both the Performing Asia programme (17 & 18 February) and the main APAM programme (19-23 February).


APAM Performing Asia builds on the success of the Asian Producers Platform Camp and the growing Asian representation at APAM. The programme allows participants to work within and navigate the market together.

New Zealand-based performing artists and producers will have the opportunity to:

  • develop their practice through the exchange of artistic skills, techniques, and cultural knowledge with international peers
  • extend their networks with practitioners and presenters from Asia and Australia
  • expand on a strongly linked network of peers across international borders for future creative collaboration and information sharing
  • contribute to the long-term development of international markets and audiences in Asia.


There will be open space forums, workshops, panel discussions, guest speakers and bespoke networking events. During these you will:

  • exchange knowledge and skills through focused sessions, case studies, and panel discussions
  • develop an understanding of the arts sector in each participant’s country
  • discuss touring and presenting strategies
  • explore how to create a sustainable arts practice.

The programme will be facilitated by three Asia Pacific region industry leaders : River Lee, Kee Hong Low, and Rama Thaharani.

Expected outcomes:

  1. To increase collaboration between artists and practitioners from New Zealand and Asia.
  2. To advance long-term international artistic exchanges, and build knowledge, expertise and networks.
  3. To contribute to the long-term development of international markets and audiences for New Zealand arts in Asia.

What we fund

Up to NZ$3300 per participant to attend both Performing Asia and APAM in Brisbane.  

We will contribute to:

  • International travel to Brisbane
  • Accommodation - eight nights from February 16 – 23, 2018
  • Registration for both Performing Asia (AUD $275.00) and APAM (AUD $759.00).

What is APAM?

APAM is the premier industry event for contemporary performing arts in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. It brings the sector together to:

  • exchange ideas
  • experience new Australian and New Zealand work
  • engage in critical dialogue
  • build skills and partnerships
  • find new collaborators and investors
  • explore touring opportunities,
  • network with national and international peers.

APAM 2018 is presented by the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse. Brisbane City Council is the principal supporter of APAM. The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, also supports the event.

3. Make an application

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How to apply

To apply for this opportunity:

  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 3 November.

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4. Assessing applications

Assessment process

Applications are assessed by external assessors. In consultation with Creative New Zealand and APAM staff they make recommendations to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager, Arts Funding, Capability and International for a decision  

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed on:

  • your track record in developing collaborative projects
  • your capacity to develop international networks and work in an international context
  • alignment with the purpose and aims of the APAM Performing Asia initiative.  

5. Notification of results

Applicants will be notified of results via email by 1 December 2017.

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6. On completion

A project completion report using our report template is required within 12 weeks of your project end date. To be considered for further funding, your report must be submitted on time.

7. Who to contact

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