Asian Performing Arts Markets Travel Fund 2018/19

New Zealand performing arts producers and companies are supported to attend performing arts markets in Asia with the aim of exploring presentation opportunities and building networks.


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Up to $3,500 per delegate or $25,000 per company

20 Jul 2018

12:00 pm

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

  • As an individual you must be a New Zealand (NZ) citizen or permanent resident.
  • NZ-based organisations can apply.
  • If you are an overseas-based NZ artist or organisation you can apply. But your application must show direct benefit to NZ arts and you must have it endorsed by:
    • NZ artist(s) currently resident in NZ and/or;
    • NZ-based arts organisation(s) (must be well established).

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.

Eligibility for the Asian Performing Arts Markets Travel Fund 2018/19

Performing arts producers and companies must meet the following criteria.

  • The performing arts market must be in one of the following: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. These territories are a priority for our Focus on Asia strategy.
  • The company must:
    • provide their international strategy/plans
    • have previous experience touring or presenting work internationally
    • have tour-ready work in its repertoire
    • have a clear rationale for entering the Asian market and be ready and able to work with companies in Asia.
  • A producer or representative of the company must be able to attend the dates of the market(s)/meeting(s).
  • Showcase presentations must be confirmed with a letter of invitation from the organiser of the arts market.

2. See what's funded


This fund offers support to New Zealand performing arts producers and companies to: 

  • attend strategic performing arts markets and/or present in a market showcase
  • develop professional and/or creative networks and relationships
  • identify and develop opportunities to present work off-shore and build markets
  • identify and develop opportunities for artistic collaborations, partnerships and exchanges
  • increase awareness of artistic and cultural practice.

Examples of key markets in the specified territories include, but are not limited to:

  • PAMS - Seoul, South Korea (7-12 October 2018)
  • ChinaSPAF – Shanghai, China (18-22 October 2018)
  • TPAM - Yokohama, Japan  (9-17 February 2019)

Costs covered

Up to $3,500 for one company representative to attend a market.

Eligible costs:

  • international airfares
  • travel insurance
  • accommodation
  • arts market registration fees

Up to $25,000 for companies who have been invited to showcase at a market. Companies can only apply for 50% of total costs.

Eligible costs:  

  • international airfares
  • travel insurance
  • accommodation
  • arts market registration fees
  • freight
  • proven costs associated with showcasing the work, to a maximum of $10,000 (eg, marketing collateral, translations, showreel, rehearsals).

Creative New Zealand will contract an in-country interpreter to support the delegates from New Zealand at the above-mentioned arts markets.

What's not funded

  • Per diems.
  • Activities that are the funding responsibility of other government agencies.
  • Opportunities to showcase or attend international markets for contemporary popular music. These are supported by the New Zealand Music Commission
  • Toi Totara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea clients will not be funded unless the presentation or tour is in addition to planned international activities already funded by Creative New Zealand.
  • Projects already funded by Quick Response or Arts Grants.
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO) or a territorial local authority (including a Council Controlled Organisation).
  • Applications from staff or contractors of a TEO, or a TEO subsidiary, must disclose the full extent of the support they will receive from the TEO for their proposed project. Where equivalent, competing applications are received from TEO applicants, and those not, priority is given to freelance artists and practitioners.
  • An organisation's ongoing administration or infrastructure costs.

3. Make an application


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How to apply

  1. Start your application online. You may need to register first.
  2. Collate support material, eg applicant biographical information. 
  3. Prepare a budget.
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

Applications will be assessed by external peer assessors. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

Look closely at the assessment criteria and ensure you respond directly to them in your application. You will need to provide sufficient information so that assessors can comment on all these areas - especially in the area of strategic fit.

Proposals will be assessed using the following assessment framework:


  • The work is tour-ready with a strong track record.  
  • The work of the applicant is consistently high quality.
  • The work is appropriate for the market.
  • This opportunity is aligned to the applicant’s international strategy or a clear rationale has been provided as to why this invitation should be accepted.


  • The objectives for attending the market are realistic.
  • The producer has the expertise to develop networks and represent the company effectively.
  • The producer/company has the capacity to respond to presentation or collaborative opportunities.

Applicant's international strategy/goals

  • The strategy/goals are clear.
  • The target markets/platforms are well considered.
  • The strategy/goals are realistic in that timeframes are achievable and resources are available.

Strategic fit

  • There is good potential for the applicant to develop international markets and audiences in Asia.
  • This activity will strengthen existing networks and/or develop new networks with international presenters and influencers.
  • The applicant’s objectives relate well to the identified market.

Assessment scale

Score   Description

7---Excellent - Exceeds all indicators
6---Very good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in more than one
5---Good - Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4---Acceptable - Satisfies all indicators
3---Minor reservations - Satisfies most indicators however there are minor reservations
2---Major reservations - Satisfies some indicators however there are major reservations
1---Unacceptable - Does not meet the indicators
0---There is no evidence provided.

5. Notification of results

Applicants will be notified of a decision on 13 August 2018.

We also list successful applicants on who got funded

If you are successful we will email you about:

  • your funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

Grant recipients must provide a satisfactory written project completion report within 12 weeks of the project completion date.

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: