Jack McGill Music Scholarship 2019

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


Closing dates:

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up to $6,500

29 Mar 2019

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

To apply for this scholarship, you:

  • must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • must have completed, as a minimum, a university degree, a diploma, and/or LTCL or LRSM qualification related to your proposed musical studies
  • must be aged 20 or older
  • must be an instrumentalist or singer (priority is given to pianists)
  • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council
  • must be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding (see Benefits and track record below).

Project timing

Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must start after 31 May 2019.

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.

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

Activities and costs funded

Up to $6,500 is available to support a 12-month scholarship and is typically awarded for an accredited course of study at a recognised overseas training institution. 

It can be used for study fees, travel, and accommodation and/or living expenses.

Previous recipients

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

3. Make an application


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How to apply

To apply:

  1. Start your application online (you may need to register first).
  2. Gather 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:

  • A compelling idea.
  • A good fit between scholar and selected study host.
  • A timely opportunity for the applicant’s career/skills development.


Can it be achieved? We look the following indicators:

  • A realistic and well planned process.
  • Realistic costs and revenue.
  • A thorough and accurate budget.
  • The applicant has sufficient experience and artistic ability to respond well to the opportunity.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver on the Creative New Zealand strategic outcome that ‘High quality New Zealand art is developed’? We look for the following indicators:

  • The applicant’s experience is likely to be high quality.
  • The benefits of this opportunity to the applicant are likely to be significant.
  • The applicant has long term music goals.

Scoring your application

Our assessors use the following assessment scale to score idea, viability and strategic fit.

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

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 contact 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: