New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarships 2020

The New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarship enables up to two young musicians to undertake study or gain further musical experience at a tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas.


Up to $16,000 in total for up to two scholarships
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Artforms funded:

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Funding rounds

Opening dates:
Closing dates:
Notification dates:
Round 1
28 Feb 2020, 1pm

1. Check your eligibility

Who can apply

Individuals who are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

Eligibility for New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarships

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.
  • are preferably below 25 years of age.

Project timing

Your project, or the stage of it for which you are seeking funding, must start after 8 May 2020. The scholarship can support a maximum of 12 months.

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 2020 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 the Toi Uru Kahikatea or Toi Tōtara Haemata investment programmes are not eligible to apply.
  • 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


The New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarship enables young musicians to further their music studies in New Zealand or overseas.

What we fund

Up to $16,000 is available to support up to two students for a 12-month scholarship.

The scholarships are awarded for study at a recognised New Zealand or overseas tertiary institution.

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

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

Contact funding services if you have questions.

Previous recipients

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

3. Make an application

Register or Log in

​How to apply

  1. Log in to the portal and select Music Scholarships 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 idea is compelling.
  • There is a good fit between the scholar and the selected study host.
  • This is a timely opportunity for the applicant’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, and shows realistic costs and revenue
  • The applicant has sufficient experience and artistic ability to respond well to the opportunity.

Strategic fit

Does it deliver to 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 scholarship will support the applicant’s long term music 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

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 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. 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 10 weeks after the application closing date. We will notify applicants on Friday 8 May 2020.

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 12 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: