Jack McGill Music Scholarship 2022

The Jack McGill Music Scholarship supports young music practitioners who wish to further their music studies overseas. Priority is given to pianists.


Up to $12,000 in total, for up to two scholarships
Find out who got funded recently

Artforms funded:

This content is tagged as Music .

Funding rounds

Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
1 Feb 2022, 1pm
28 Feb 2022, 1pm
1 Apr 2022

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

Individuals who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Eligibility for the Jack McGill Music Scholarship

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • have completed, as a minimum, a university degree, diploma, and/or LTCL or LRSM qualification related to your proposed musical studies
  • be aged 20 or older
  • be an instrumentalist or singer (priority is given to pianists).

Project timing

The scholarship can support a maximum of 12 months study.

Your project must:

  • start after 1 April 2022
  • be completed by 31 December 2023

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.

For more information about track record requirements for your artform see our Funding guidelines - the artforms we support

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 to the Music Scholarship 2022 funding round.

Re-applying for the same project

Resubmissions of declined projects from past funding opportunities may be considered in limited circumstances at the discretion of Creative New Zealand. For more information see our Funding Guidelines – Reapplying for a previously declined project

Other Creative New Zealand funding 

Your project must not have received funding from any of Creative New Zealand programmes or initiatives, including the Creative Communities Scheme, our international and capability building initiatives and investment programmes. 

Breaches of agreements 

We cannot consider an application if you, your organisation, or key members of your project team are in breach of the conditions of a current funding agreement, which includes missing the deadline for reporting on a previous grant or other funding contract. In addition, if we consider the terms and conditions of funding to be seriously breached, we reserve the right to terminate the grant and seek repayment.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded


The Jack McGill Music Scholarship enables young music practitioners to further their music studies overseas.

What we fund

Up to $12,000 is available to support two 12-month scholarships and is typically awarded for an accredited course of study at a recognised overseas training institution. 

It can be used for study fees, accommodation and/or living expenses. Please note travel and quarantine costs are not able to be supported.

International activity guidelines and advice 

We will not accept travel or the cost of quarantining or managed isolation as eligible costs.

If you travel internationally from New Zealand, or are an artist based overseas, and further travel is required for the project (domestic or international), you will be required to provide confirmation about the official travel advice from the Government of the country you are residing in and/or travelling to. If advisory or border control information changes during the period between submission and decision Creative New Zealand reserves the right to exercise discretion and/or comply with government advisories and/or border controls.

Read our Funding guidelines - international activity

Previous recipients

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

What we don’t fund

  • Activities that another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative is designed to support. 
  • Duplication of funding with other government agencies – for more information see our Funding guidelines - Duplication of funding with other government agencies
  • Projects, project phases or programmes of activity that have received support from Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage via the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme (excluding Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund, the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme and the Grant for Self-Employed Individuals).
  • Core education resources and activities that are part of the curriculum and course of study in New Zealand, including early learning, school or further education. 
  • Game design, fashion design and commercial design. 
  • Feature films, short films and film/screen development activities. 
  • Purchase of capital items, renovating or buying buildings, or restoring marae. 
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a Tertiary Education Organisation (TEO), Territorial Local Authority (TLA) or Council Controlled Organisation (CCO). 

For more information see our Funding guidelines – what we don’t fund

Additional activity guidelines and advice

Specific requirements and guidelines apply to some activities so you must check if any are relevant to your application. For more information see our Funding guidelines - activity guidelines and advice

Funding limits

The maximum amount you can apply for is $12,000.

Email Funding Services if you have further questions.

3. Make an application

Register or Log in

​How to apply

  1. Register or log in to the portal to start your application and select Music Scholarships 2022.

  2. Read the Funding guidelines

  3. Prepare a budget. Read and watch videos about budgets at Funding guidelines – standard project budget template

  4. Gather support material. Read the Funding guidelines - support material

  5. Complete each question in the portal application form.

  6. Submit your application online by 1pm on the closing date of Friday 25 February 2022 (earlier if you can).

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on

External peer assessors will assess your application using the following criteria.


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

  • The idea and/or study plan is well expressed.
  • There is a good fit between the musician and the selected study host.
  • This is a timely opportunity for the musician’s career/skills development.


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

  • The process to achieve the idea is realistic and well planned.
  • The budget is thorough and accurate.
  • The musician has sufficient experience and artistic ability to respond well to the opportunity.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver to the Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes? We look for the following indicators:

  • The project delivers to the strategic outcome – ‘High-quality New Zealand art is developed’.
  • The benefits of this opportunity to the musician are likely to be significant.
  • The scholarship is aligned with their long term goals.

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

In your application you must choose this Creative New Zealand strategic outcome to be assessed on:

  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed

See our Funding guidelines - Strategic Outcomes for more information.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score all areas:

7 – Excellent – Exceeds all indicators
6 – Very Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in two
5 – Good – Satisfies all indicators and exceeds in one
4 – Acceptable – Satisfies all indicators
3 – Minor reservations – Satisfies two indicators only
2 – Major reservations – Satisfies one indicator only
1 – Unacceptable – Does not meet the indicators

How we assess your application

Peer assessment is critical to Creative New Zealand’s decision-making process for funding, with external peer assessors using their knowledge and expertise to provide independent and impartial advice.

Two external peer assessors will assess your application, using the assessment criteria and assessment scale listed above, and resulting in a total possible score per assessor of 21.

Following assessment, an assessment panel will be convened, providing an important opportunity for our peer assessors to discuss the collective merits of projects within the funding round.

This panel will consist of external peer assessors who have assessed the applications being discussed. The panel will make recommendations for funding by coming to a consensus at the meeting. Creative New Zealand staff will provide advice where required. 

After the panel meeting, Creative New Zealand holds an internal moderation meeting, without assessors present but including the facilitator of the panel meeting where possible/relevant. At this meeting staff consider the assessment scores, commentary and ranked order of applications. The moderation group makes final recommendations to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services, who makes the final decision of which applications will receive funding based on all the previous advice and recommendations.

Who are our External Peer Assessors?

We have a large number of external peer assessors, assessing a range of applications to our funding programmes and initiatives. They are selected based on their knowledge and experience in an artform/area of practice and represent the diversity of the artists and arts organisations who apply for funding. We have a number of Māori and Pasifika assessors who assess applications to our ngā toi Māori and Pacific arts funding pools or artforms.

You can nominate peer assessors – information and nomination form below:

Peer Assessor nomination form (doc 167KB)

Peer Assessor terms and conditions (pdf 259KB)

For more information about the assessment process and criteria see our Funding guidelines - assessment

5. Notification of results

We will email all applicants their result on Friday 1 April 2022.

We also list successful applicants on Who got funded

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

  • funding agreement
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

6. On completion

A project completion report is required within 8 weeks of the project end date. To be considered for further funding, your report needs to be submitted on time.

Login to report online

7. Who to contact

For more information or advice email Funding Services