Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship 2019

The fellowship is awarded every two years to an established or senior choreographer who has produced a significant body of work, to work on a major project.


Up to $100,000 over two years
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Funding rounds

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Round 1
29 Mar 2019, 1pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for the Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship 2019 you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • cannot be a previous recipient of the fellowship
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council
  • must have a strong national reputation as a choreographer. You will have either:
    • received critical acclaim for work you have choreographed or
    • completed a body of work that’s been acknowledged for its artistic excellence.

Project timing

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

  • start after 31 May 2019
  • be completed within 24 months of us offering you the fellowship.

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.

If you don't have the track record we're looking for, you may be able to get funding through the Creative Communities Scheme

How often you can apply

You can make one application in this funding round.

Reapplying for the same project

You can only reapply for the same project if you have written permission from the Manager, Funding Services. Contact Funding Services first to see if your application would be eligible for re-submission.

Other Creative New Zealand 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.

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.

2. See what's funded


The Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship is intended to help achieve one of Creative New Zealand’s long-term outcomes, that high-quality New Zealand art is developed. The results we are looking for include the:

  • development of new skills and arts practice
  • support of high-quality artists
  • creation of new work.

What we fund

Up to $100,000 is available over two years to fund a choreographic project. It provides the time and/or resources for the fellow to commit to a period of deep investigation, experimentation or research in their practice, and towards their project. The project must be completed within 24 months of Creative New Zealand offering the fellowship.

Previous recipients

Previous recipients are listed on bursaries, fellowships, scholarships and residencies

What we don’t fund

  • Activities that are the funding responsibility of other government agencies, eg feature films, music videos or content for radio or television.
  • Activities that are associated with the 2020 Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (as funding has been provided through the selection of the official Aotearoa Delegation).
  • Game design, fashion design or commercial design.
  • Education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand.
  • Marae restoration or adornments such as whakairo, tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai.
  • Buying capital items.
  • Buying or renovating buildings.
  • An organisation's ongoing administration or infrastructure costs, except through our investment programmes.
  • International promotion of NZ literature. Applications can be made to the Publishers Association of New Zealand
  • 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.

3. Make an application

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How to apply

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first).
  2. Gather artistic support material.
  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal.
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


Is it a strong idea? We look for the following indicators:

  • Artistic aims of the project or programme of activity are clearly expressed.
  • A compelling idea.
  • The project or programme of activity will extend the skills of the choreographer.


Can it be achieved? We look for the following indicators:

  • A realistic and well-planned process.
  • A thorough and realistic budget
  • The choreographer has the experience and artistic ability to deliver this project or programme of activity.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver to the purpose of the fellowship? We look for the following indicators:

  • A project or programme of activity that strongly aligns with the strategic outcome that ‘high-quality New Zealand art is developed’.
  • The choreographer’s the applicant’s body of work and national reputation is significant.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score idea and viability:

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

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score strategic fit:

5---Excellent - exceeds both indicators
4---Very good - exceeds one indicator
3---Acceptable - satisfies both indicators
2---Weak - satisfies one indicators, however there are reservations
1---Unacceptable - does not meet either indicator

Who assesses your application

An external peer assessor will assess your application. Pasifika or Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing applications from Pacific or Māori applicants. The assessors make recommendations to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

You can nominate external peer assessors, whose role is to evaluate a range of applications made for our funding programmes and initiatives against specific criteria.

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants their result nine weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 31 May 2019.

At the same time, we list successful applicants on Results of our work 

If you are successful we will also email you about your:

  • funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • 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.

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7. Who to contact

For more information or advice: