We focus on new music that stands out from the crowd - that is, great songs by artists with a good story to tell, or a unique perspective or sound. Before you apply, ensure your music qualifies as New Zealand music by reading the criteria here. Organisations from across the Aotearoa music community are announcing the creation of a new action group SoundCheck Aotearoa with the aim of developing and growing our industry through a safe and inclusive culture in the music community. We acknowledge that action is needed to address inequitable representation, challenge systemic discrimination, and advance impactful change across the music industry, and we are committed to working together to achieve this.
Funding for Music Creators
PRS Foundation’s funding fundamentals
Creative New Zealand is the national arts development agency, that works as a catalyst in the development of a flourishing arts environment in New Zealand. They invest in artists and arts organisations through a number of programmes. Outward Sound has been set up to provide assistance for market development initiatives and to encourage the entry of New Zealand music and musicians into global markets. New Zealand music industry practitioners artists, managers etc and firms record companies, associated businesses can apply for assistance through the international music market development grants program. The Antarctica New Zealand Community Engagement Programme formerly the Media Programme and Artists and Writers Programme plays a crucial part in informing and influencing the public's understanding towards the science and operations in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. This programme encourages media, artists, teachers and writers proposals of the highest quality. The number of opportunities for travel to Antarctica are limited and varies each year with strong competition. They are interested in applications with new and fresh ideas which aim to capture their target audiences. We want applicants to demonstrate their outreach ability and we will reward those who can demonstrate a genuine interest in Antarctica and the environment. They have funding available for the production of Maori Music.
Have your voice
Login or register to start creating your own playlist! Fostering connection, deepening knowledge, and encouraging support for a diverse constituency of new music practitioners and appreciators in the United States. The New Music Creator Development Fund offers grants to individual music creators who need support to get to the next stage of their creative practice in the context of the challenging circumstances created by COVID Music Alive supported composer-in-residence positions in orchestras of all sizes. The deadline has passed. Check out the residencies. The Impact Fund supported and promoted small, artist-driven ensembles, presenters, and venues in New York City. Explore the full cohort. In response to the ongoing challenges of COVID19 we are temporarily changing our annual grants program. This fall we will be offering targeted support directly to individual music creators and in early we will be focusing on supporting non-profit organizations which are essential to the new music ecosystem through their regular work in reaching audiences and supporting artist development.
These changes will come into play in time for the next funding rounds — New Music Single closing on 25 June, and New Music Project closing on 6 August. They state: "We designed these changes with the impact of the Covidrelated restrictions in mind, and also as a response to the findings in our research with Creative NZ — Profile of a Creative Professional — which revealed that musicians are among the worst remunerated practitioners in the arts. We note that the funding boost over the next two years and the enhancements to our funding schemes are for a finite two year period — they are not permanent. This gives us the ability to increase the number of grants and therefore the number of artists we can support with funding for music creation and promotion. The online application site for Single funding is newmusicsingles. More details on pre-application criteria for Project applicants can be found here.