New Work to Asia Fund 2020

This fund supports the development of new, high-quality New Zealand work for presentation in targeted territories in Asia.


$200,000 for this funding round
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Funding rounds

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Round 1
8 May 2019, 12pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

  • Individuals who are New Zealand (NZ) citizens or permanent residents.
  • NZ-based organisations
  • International arts organisations but the application must show direct benefit to NZ arts.

Applications from arts organisations/presenters in Asia

We encourage applications from arts organisations or presenters based in targeted territories in Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan who are:

  • collaborating with NZ artists or organisations, and
  • considering commissioning or co-commissioning the development of new, high-quality work to be presented in Asia.

Eligibility for New Work to Asia

  • The work must be presented in at least one of the targeted territories: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.  These territories are a priority for Creative New Zealand’s Focus on Asia initiative.
  • Applicants must supply written evidence of strong interest from a presenter in at least one of the targeted territories. As part of this, there must be an indication of presentation dates and financial commitment from the presenter(s).
  • A copy of the applicant’s international strategy must be attached.

Project timing

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

  • start after 8 May 2020
  • be completed by 8 May 2021.

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

How often you can apply

You can make one application to this funding round.

Re-applying for the same project

Email Funding Services to check whether you are eligible to resubmit a previously declined application. For more detail visit our Funding guidelines - reapplying for the same project

Other Creative New Zealand funding

  • Your project, or project phase, must not have received funding from any of our funding programmes or initiatives, including the Creative Communities Scheme.  

  • Organisations in Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes can apply but only for a new project, or new project phase beyond your agreed Programme and Budget. The project must also offer additional delivery to our Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018-2023

    To check if your project is eligible, visit our Funding guidelines - investment clients' eligibility for contestable funding

  • Does your project involve organisations in our Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes? Do you intend to partner with, or present at one of these organisations? If so, you must supply a letter from them that outlines their contribution to the project.

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.

For more information see our Funding guidelines – breaches of agreement

2. See what's funded


This fund is part of our Focus on Asia initiative. We are building stronger artistic and cultural connections with six target territories in Asia – China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. New Zealand artists from all artforms have more opportunity to:

  • create new work or redevelop existing work for audiences in Asia
  • develop audiences and open new markets in Asia
  • build strategic relationships that could lead to on-going opportunities in Asia


Priority will be given to projects where the presenter(s) is investing financially in the development and presentation of the new work.  

A budget of $200,000 is available in this funding round.

What we fund

Costs relating to the development and creation of new work only, including:

  • artists’ fees for New Zealand artists
  • artists’ fees for key artists and practitioners in Asia working in collaboration with New Zealand artists
  • research and development, including travel costs
  • materials
  • rehearsals
  • interpreter fees — we recommend the use of interpreters, where required, to ensure a more meaningful exchange with potential collaborators in Asia.

Costs not covered by this Fund

Presentation and overhead costs – we expect that costs such as freight, flights, touring costs, venue hire and marketing will be met by the presenter and/or other partners.

What we don’t fund

  • Activities that another Creative New Zealand funding programme or initiative is designed to support.
  • Activities funded by other government agencies.
  • Education resources and activities that are part of a course of study in New Zealand including early learning, school or further education.
  • Game design, fashion design and commercial design.
  • 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).
  • Activities that are part of the core business of a territorial local authority or Council Controlled Organisation.

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

Email Funding Services if you have further questions.

3. Make an application

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​How to apply

  1. Start your application by logging in to the portal and select New Work to Asia Fund 2020.

  2. Read the Funding guidelines

  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal or the Excel template supplied in the budget guideline

  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.

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

4. Assessing applications

What we assess your application on


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

  • The proposed new work shows artistic merit.
  • The work is suitable for the target market.
  • The reputation of the presenter(s) (festival, venue, gallery) is strong.
  • This opportunity is aligned to the applicant’s international strategy or a clear rationale has been provided for why this invitation should be accepted.


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

  • The timeframe and creative process are realistic for the development of the work.
  • The budget is thorough and accurate.
  • The creative team has the experience to realise the work for an international audience.

Strategic fit

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

  • The project will develop international partnerships and/or exchange opportunities to open new markets.
  • The Asian and/or New Zealand partner is committed to the work and investing financially in the development and presentation of the work.
  • There is potential for this project to generate future international opportunities beyond the artists involved.

International strategy/goals

We look for the following indicators:

  • 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.

Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes

In your application you must choose one of the following Creative New Zealand strategic outcomes to be assessed on:

  • New Zealand arts gain international success
  • High-quality New Zealand art is developed

See our Funding guidelines for more information.

Scoring your application

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

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

Who assesses your application

External peer assessors will assess your application. External peer assessors are selected based on their experience in an artform and represent the diversity within our applicants. In accordance with our legislation, Māori and Pasifika assessors will be used to assess applications to our Māori and Pacific funds or artforms.

Nominate peer assessors for our funding programmes

External peer assessors are asked to evaluate a range of applications made to Creative New Zealand’s 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 seven weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 26 June 2020.

We also list successful applicants on Who got funded

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. 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: