New Work to Asia Fund

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


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$240,000 across two funding rounds

25 Oct 2019

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1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

  • Individuals who are New Zealand (NZ) citizens or permanent residents.
  • NZ-based organisations
  • Arts organisations or NZ artists based overseas. But, the application must:
    • show direct benefit to NZ arts
    • be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from a well-established artist or arts organisation based in NZ.

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 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. A copy of the applicant’s international strategy must be attached.

Applications must demonstrate the following:

  • The work must be suitable for audiences in one or more of the targeted territories.  
  • The work must be of high artistic merit.
  • New work includes work already in development.
  • Projects must be aligned with the New Zealand artist/organisation’s international goals.
  • Projects must demonstrate the potential for new and ongoing strategic relationships and/or cultural and artistic exchange. 

Project timing

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

  • start after 6 December 2019
  • be completed by 6 December 2020.

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.

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.

Organisations in the Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes are eligible but the project must not duplicate current funding with Creative New Zealand.

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


This fund is for the development of new, high-quality New Zealand work for presentation in targeted territories in Asia. It’s part of our Focus on Asia initiative.

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

There is a budget of $240,000 available across two funding rounds.

Costs and activities funded

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 funded

Presentation and overheads 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.

Activities not funded

  • 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.

Previous recipients

See the recipients of New Work To Asia round one earlier this year.

3. Make an application


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How to apply

  1. Log in to the portal to start your application
  2. Read the Application guidelines and requirements for specific activities (pdf 176KB)
  3. Prepare a budget using the budget template in the online application portal or the Excel template supplied in the Budget Guidelines
  4. Gather artistic support material. Read the Support material guidelines
  5. Complete each question in the portal application form.
  6. Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.

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.

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 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

External peer assessors will assess your application. Pasifika or Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing applications from Pacific or Māori applicants. Recommendations are made to Creative New Zealand’s Senior Manager for Arts Development Services for a decision.

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 six weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 6 December 2019.

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 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: