Important NZ Music Industry Dates

Listed below are upcoming NZ music industry dates.
These dates should only be used as a guideline, as they are subject to change.

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Music Funding
Resources For Musicians

PLEASE NOTE:
Complete applications must be received by 4pm on the relevant closing date, with the correct application form.

Funding of up to $10,000 is available for a single song.
This can now include a $1,000 (10%) Artist Creation Fee.

Application Form

Applications Close
19 January, 2023
30 March, 2023

Funding of between $10,000 and $40,000 is available for multi-song projects.
This can now include up to $4,000 (10%) Artist Creation Fee.

Potential applicants must first email a one-paragraph project overview to [email protected], at least two weeks before the funding deadline.

Applications Close
2 February, 2023

Funding of up to $10,000 is available for artists of Pacific background, for a single song.
This can now include a $1,000 (10%) Artist Creation Fee.

Round Opens
TBC

Applications Close
TBC

This is a co-fund launched as a collaboration between NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho.
Funding of up to $14,000 (+GST if registered) is available.

Applications Close
10 November, 2022

Notification Dates
16 December, 2022

Funding of up to $6,000 (+GST) are available to producers for a development of a body of work with one artists, with a minimum of three demo recordings to be delivered at the end of the development period.

Round Opens
16 February, 2023

Applications Close
9 March, 2023

Funding of between $2,500 and $10,000 is available, depending on the scope of the project.

Round Opens
9 February, 2023

Applications Close
23 February, 2023

NewTracks is a monthly compilation of new songs from NZ artists that NZ On Air distributes to radio stations and other broadcast and online media through Aotearoa.

More Info

Round Opens
2 January, 2023
1 February, 2023
1 March, 2023
1 April, 2023
1 May, 2023
1 June, 2023
1 July, 2023
1 August, 2023
1 September, 2023
1 October, 2023
1 November, 2023

Applications Close
20 January, 2023
20 February, 2023
20 March, 2023
20 April, 2023
20 May, 2023
20 June, 2023
20 July, 2023
20 August, 2023
20 September, 2023
20 October, 2023
20 November, 2023


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Creative NZ Funding Calendar

PLEASE NOTE: Complete applications must be received by 1pm on the relevant closing date.

ARTS GRANTS

Opening Dates

30 January 2023
18 April 2023

Applications Close

All funding
rounds close
when 250 apps
submitted

Notification Dates

7 April 2023
23 June 2023

ANNUAL ARTS GRANTS

Opening Date
TBC

Applications Close
TBC

Notification Date
TBC

TOI TIPU TOI REA – EMERGING MĀORI ARTIST FUND
$5,000 – $12,000

Opening Date
TBC

Applications Close
TBC

Notification Date
TBC

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS
The Edwin Carr Foundation Scholarship and The Jack McGill Music Scholarship.

Opening Date
18 April 2023

Applications Close
12 May 2023

Notification Date
23 June 2023


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PLEASE NOTE: Complete applications must be received by 5pm on the relevant closing date.
Dates are indicative only.

ORO KURA ROA
To support an emerging music artist to write a series of waiata in te reo Māori.

Applications Open
TBC

Applications Close
TBC

Notification Date
TBC

ORO HĀPAI
To support the coming together of contemporary music writers and creatives to create new waiata reo Māori to demo level.

Applications Close
11 November, 2022

Notification Date
16 December, 2022

WAIATA REO MĀORI
Funding for the production and promotion (including aligned video assets) of single waiata containing 50% or more reo Māori, that are original and have not been released before.

Applications Open
6 February, 2023
3 April, 2023

Applications Close
24 February, 2023
21 April, 2023

Notification Dates
17 March, 2023
19 May, 2023

WAIATA REO MĀORI PLATFORM FEATURES
This contestable funding opportunity will support media and broadcast organisations to resource the making of Waiata Reo Māori Feature content for their platform.

Applications Open
TBC

Applications Close
TBC

Notification Date
TBC

WAIATA REO MĀORI SHOWCASE

Applications Open
7 November, 2022

Applications Close
18 November, 2022

Notification Date
16 December, 2022

WAIATA TUAREA
Funding for the production and promotion (including aligned video assets) of multiple waiata intended for an EP or album.

Applications Open
6 March, 2023

Applications Close
24 March, 2023

Notification Date
21 April, 2023


More Info

Eligibility Guidelines

Are you tour ready?

Prospective applicants need to contact Emily Crowther for access to the online application portal.

Applications Open
10 October, 2022
23 January, 2023
13 March, 2023

Applications Close
18 January, 2023
8 March, 2023
10 May, 2023

Notification Dates
16 February, 2023
20 April, 2023
15 June, 2023


APRA MUSIC GRANTS

Applications Open
TBC

Applications Close
TBC

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

More Info

Entries Open
TBC

Applications Close
TBC

ART MUSIC FUND
11 Grants of $7,500

More Info

Applications Close
16 February, 2023

Notification Date
8 – 10 weeks after applications close


RECORDED MUSIC GRANTS
More Info

Applications Close
24 December, 2022
31 March, 2023
30 June, 2023
30 September, 2023

Notification Dates
31 January, 2023
30 April, 2023
31 July, 2023
31 October, 2023


INDUSTRY INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

More Info
Application Form

Closing Date
30 November, 2022
Internships start in January or February 2023

The Capability Grants Programme is a contestable fund from the New Zealand Music Commission being delivered as part of the wider Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme.

More Info

Applications Open
TBC

Applications Close
TBC

Notification Dates
TBC


MUSICHELPS GRANTS

More Info

Applications Close
31 January, 2023
1 June, 2023

Notification Dates
31 March, 2023
30 September, 2023


THE ARTS FOUNDATION SPRINGBOARD
Website

Nominations Close
23 November, 2022

WAI-TOI-MOROKI

Nominations Close
23 November, 2022


Website

PLEASE NOTE:
Applications must be received by 5pm on the closing dates, with the relevant application form and supporting documents.

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC MARKET DEVELOPMENT/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Applications Close
10 October, 2022
12 December, 2022

Decision Dates
13 December, 2022
14 February, 2023

INTERNATIONAL DELEGATE APPLICATION DEADLINES

BIGSOUND

Applications Close
TBC

Decision Date
TBC

WOMEX – OCTOBER 25-28, 2023 – A CORUÑA, SPAIN

Applications Close
TBC

Decision Date
TBC


TO THE FRONT YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAMMES

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Te Papaioea /
Palmerston North
7 – 14 October, 2022

Pōneke /
Wellington
22 – 24 October, 2022

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
16 – 21 January, 2023
Apply Here


Website

Artist Applications Close
TBC


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Region
TBC

Heats
TBC

National Final
TBC

Website

Region
TBC

Heats
TBC

National Final
TBC

Website

Region
TBC

Heats
TBC


Website

Open to all NZ students – years 9 – 11
More Info

Entries Due
TBC

Open to all NZ students – years 9 – 13
More Info

Entries Due
TBC

Open to all NZ students – 9 – 13
More Info

Entries Due
TBC


HOOK, LINE AND SING-A-LONG
Write the song for NZ Music Month 2023
Website

Entries Due
March, 2023

Winner Announced
March, 2023


Website

Nominations Close
TBC

Winner Announced
TBC

INDEPENDENT MUSIC NZ CLASSIC RECORD

Winner Announced
TBC

AUCKLAND LIVE BEST INDEPENDENT DEBUT AWARD

Nominations Close
TBC

Winner Announced
TBC

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD

Winner Announced
TBC

NZ ON AIR OUTSTANDING MUSIC JOURNALISM AWARD

Winner Announced
TBC


Website

NZ MUSIC MONTH
May, 2023

NZ MUSIC MONTH QUIZ

TBC

NZ MUSIC T-SHIRT DAY
TBC

NZ MUSIC MONTH SUMMIT
TBC


TE MARAMA PUORU WAIATA MĀORI – MĀORI MUSIC MONTH

August, 2023


MATAURA LICENSING TRUST (MLT) – GOLD GUITAR AWARDS
Includes the MLT Songwriting Award Competition
Website

Entries Open
22 January, 2023

Finals / Winners Announced
2 – 5 June, 2023


NZ COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Website

APRA BEST COUNTRY MUSIC SONG

Entries Open
Early February, 2023

Entries Close
Early March, 2023

Finalists Announced
Early May, 2023

Winner Announced
The winner will be announced at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in June, 2023

MLT SONGWRITING AWARD

Entries Open
January, 2023

Entries Close
Early March, 2023

Finalists Announced
Early May, 2023

Winner Announced
The winner will be announced at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in June, 2023

TE KAIPUORO TUAWHENUA TOA – RECORDED MUSIC NZ BEST COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST

Entries Open
Early February, 2023

Entries Close
Early March, 2023

Finalists Announced
Early May, 2023

Winner Announced
The winner will be announced at the Aotearoa Music Awards


KAIWHAKAHAERE PUORO O TE TAU – MMF AOTEAROA MUSIC MANAGER OF THE YEAR
More Info

Returning in 2023

Finalists Announced
Finalists will be announced at the 2023 Aotearoa Music Awards – Artisan Awards.


Celebrating 53 Years
Website

Nominations Open
TBC

Nominations Close
TBC

Finalists Announced
TBC

ARTISAN AWARDS
The artisan awards include the following:
Te Kaiwhakaputa Toa – Best Producer
Te Kaipukaha Toa – Best Engineer
Te Toi Ataata Pukaemi Toa – Best Album Artwork
Te Kiko Puoro Ataata Toa – Best Music Video Content
Kaiwhakahaere Puoro O Te Tau – MMF Aotearoa Music Manager of the Year
Kaiarahi Puoro o te Tau – Music Teacher of the Year (bi-annual award)

Awards Ceremony
TBA


TE KAIPUORO TAUTITO TOA – BEST JAZZ ARTIST
APRA BEST JAZZ COMPOSITION AWARD

Entries Due
Early February, 2023

Entries Close
Early March, 2023

Finalists Announced
Early May, 2023

Winners Announced
The winner will be announced at the Wellington Jazz Festival – 2023 dates TBC

TE KAIPUORO WAIATA TAMARIKI TOA – BEST CHILDREN’S MUSIC ARTIST
APRA BEST CHILDREN’S MUSIC SONG
NZ ON AIR BEST CHILDREN’S MUSIC VIDEO

Entries Due
Early February, 2023

Entries Close
Early March, 2023

Finalists Announced
Early May, 2023

Winners Announced
The winners will be announced at the Children’s Music Awards in early June, 2023.

TE KAIPUORO TAKETAKE TOA – BEST FOLK ARTIST

Auckland Folk Festival Website

Entries Close
October / November

Winners Announced
The winners will be announced at the Auckland Folk Festival – 27-30 January, 2023, along with The Martin Blackman Young Folk Performers Award and the Frank Winter Award.


Website

Nominations Close
TBC

Awards Ceremony
TBC


KAITITO KAIAKA – APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARD

More Info

Entries Close
TBC

Voting Closes
TBC

Winners Announced
TBC

TE WHARE TAONGA PUORO O AOTEAROA – NZ MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Announced
TBC

TE TOHU AUAHA – SOUNZ CONTEMPORARY AWARD

Entries Close
TBC

Winners Announced
TBC

TOHU MAIOHA – APRA MAIOHA AWARD

Entries Close
TBC

Winners Announced
TBC

TOHU PŪMANAWA – APRA BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A FEATURE FILM AWARD
TOHU PAERANGI – APRA BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A SERIES AWARD

Entries Close
TBC

Winners Announced
TBC


Website

Entries Due
TBC

Awards Ceremony
TBC

APRA BEST PACIFIC SONG

Entries Due
TBC

Finalists Announced
TBC

TE PUKAEMI TOA O TE MOANA NUI A KIWA – BEST PACIFIC MUSIC ALBUM

Entries Due
TBC

Finalists Announced
TBC

Winner Announced
The winner will be announced at the 2023 Pacific Music Awards.

The winner of the Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album category is presented with an official Tui and recognised at the 2023 Aotearoa Music Awards.


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