Important NZ Music Industry Dates – 2021

Listed below are NZ music industry dates for 2021.
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 Artist Creation Fee.

Application Form

Application Deadlines
11 February
15 April
24 June
2 September
4 November

Decision Dates
11 March
13 May
22 July
30 September
3 December

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 project@nzonair.govt.nz, at least two weeks before the funding deadline.

Application Deadlines
14 January
18 March
20 May
5 August
7 October

Decision Dates
3 March
5 May
14 July
22 September
1 December

Application Deadlines
28 January
8 July

Decision Dates
25 February
4 August

This is a new 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.

Application Deadline
11 November

Decision Date
10 December

Funding of up to $10,000 (+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.

Application Deadlines
14 January
18 March
5 August
7 October

Decision Dates
3 March
5 May
22 September
1 December

More Info

New Tracks is a compilation of new music from New Zealand artists which is distributed to broadcast and online platforms each month.

To apply for New Tracks you must have a completed, airplay-ready song and a promotional plan.

Application Deadlines
22 January
18 February
23 March
22 April
24 May
22 June
23 July
20 August
20 September
20 October
20 November

NEW MUSIC KIDS FUNDING

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

Application Deadlines
21 January
5 August

Decision Dates
3 March
22 September


Website
Creative NZ Funding Calendar

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

ANNUAL ARTS GRANTS
Up to $150,000

Opening Date
5 July

Closing Date
13 August

Notification Date
1 October

ANNUAL ARTS GRANTS
$5,000 – $75,000

Opening Dates
1 February
22 February
22 March
19 April
5 July
23 August
4 October

Closing Dates
26 February
26 March
23 April
21 May
6 August
17 September
29 October

Notification Dates
19 March
16 April
14 May
11 June
10 September
22 October
3 December

TOI TIPU TOI REA – EMERGING MĀORI ARTIST FUND
$5,000 – $10,000

Opening Date
22 March
4 October

Closing Date
23 April
29 October

Notification Date
14 May
3 December

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS
Includes the Edwin Carr, Jack McGill and New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarships.

Opening Date
1 February

Closing Date
26 February

Notification Date
19 March


Website

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

RECORDINGS AND PUBLICITY
More Info

Closing Dates
22 January
19 March
18 June
13 August

Notification Dates
12 February
16 April
9 July
10 September

MUSIC WĀNANGA

Closing Dates
19 February
16 April
16 July

Notification Dates
12 March
14 May
13 August

BREAKTHROUGH PROJECTS

Closing Dates
19 February
23 April

Notification Dates
12 March
14 May

MUSIC INDUSTRY & ARTIST SUPPORT

MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARDS
Closing Date
21 May

Notification Date
18 June

MUSIC MENTORING
Closing Date
21 May

Notification Date
18 June

MEDIA PLATFORM
Closing Date
28 May

Notification Date
18 June

WAIATA TAKITAHI

Closing Date
11 November

Notification Date
10 December

WAIATA REO MĀORI

Closing Dates
23 July
17 September

Notification Dates
13 August
15 October


More Info

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

Closing Dates for Tiers 1 & 2
27 January
24 March
19 May
21 July
22 September
24 November

Results Published for Tiers 1 & 2
18 February
15 April
10 June
12 August
16 October
16 December

Closing Dates for Tier 3
27 January
24 March

If all funds have not been exhausted, an additional application round may be held in May 2021.

Results Published for Tier 3
18 February
15 April


APRA MUSIC GRANTS
More Info

Music Grant Funding

Applications Close
16 February
31 May

Notification Date
30 April
31 May


RECORDED MUSIC GRANTS
More Info

Applications Close
31 March
30 June
30 September
24 December

Notification Dates
30 April
31 July
31 October
31 January 2022

More Info

Applications Due
31 March

Notification Date
31 May

RECORDED MUSIC NZ – KAIWHAKAHAERE PUORO O TE TAU
MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARDS


Nominations Open
26 May

Nominations Close
21 June

Finalists Announced
The finalists will be announced at the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards – Artisan Awards in November.


MUSICIANS MENTORING IN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
More Info
Application Form

Applications Close
10 February

CAPABILITY GRANTS PROGRAMME

More Info

Applications Open
1 September

Applications Close
29 September


THE ARTS FOUNDATION SPRINGBOARD
Website

Nominations Close
14 December 2020


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 Due
16 December, 2020
19 April
5 July
11 October
13 December

Decision Dates
8 February
8 June
10 August
7 December
15 February, 2022

INTERNATIONAL DELEGATE APPLICATION DEADLINES

BigSound – 7-9 September 2021 – Brisbane, Australia

Applications Due
28 May

Decision Date
TBA

WOMEX – 27-31 October 2021 – Porto, Portugal

Applications Due

20 August

Decision Date
27 August


Website

Girls Rock! Tāmaki Makaurau Camp
18-23 January

Tāmaki Makaurau Showcase
24 January

Website

Applications Close
31 May

Programme Dates
12-16 July

Website

Applications Close
15 September

Programme Dates
10-15 January 2022


Website
Artist Applications

This event has been cancelled
More Info


PARACHUTE PRODUCER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
More Info

Programme Start
February

PARACHUTE ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Programme Dates
1 February – 30 November


Website

Entries Open
16 February

Entries Due
12 May

Heats
Nelson – 8 May
Canterbury – 15 May
Waikato – 15 May
Wellington – 15 May
Bay of Plenty – 16 May
Manawatu – 16 May
North Shore – 21 May
Auckland Central / Manukau – 22 May
Manukau – 22 May
Otago – 22 May
Northland – 23 May
East Coast – 11 June
Auckland Solo-Duo – 13 June

Regional Finals
Waikato – 28 May
Bay of Plenty – 29 May
Taranaki – 29 May
Canterbury – 4 & 5 June
Wairarapa – 5 June
Nelson – 11 June
North Shore – 11 June
Auckland Central – 12 June
Hawkes Bay – 12 June
Auckland Solo / Duo – 13 June
Southland – 17 June
Manukau – 18 June
Central Otago – 19 June
Northland – 23 June
Manawatu – 25 June
Otago – 25 June
Timaru – 26 June
Whanganui – 26 June
East Coast – 2 July
Wellington – 3 July

National Final
The 2021 national final will no longer be taking place

Website

Entries Open
16 February

Entries Due
12 May

Heats
Nelson – 8 May
Canterbury – 15 May
Waikato – 15 May
Wellington – 15 May
Bay of Plenty – 16 May
Manawatu – 16 May
Otago – 22 May
Northland – 23 May
Taranaki – 29 May
Wairarapa – 5 June
East Coast – 11 June
Hawkes Bay – 12 June
Southland – 17 June
Auckland – 19 June
Central Otago – 19 June
Timaru – 26 June
Whanganui – 26 June

National Final
The 2021 national final will no longer be taking place

Website

Entries Due
12 May

Heats
The remainder of the Rockshop Bandquest 2021 programme will be completed online, due to COVID-19 requirements.

National Final
The 2021 national final will no longer be taking place


Website

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

Entries Due
23 April

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

Entries Due
9 July

Open to all NZ students – 9 – 13
More Info

Entries Due
31 May

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

Entries Due
8 October


HOOK, LINE AND SING-A-LONG
Write the song for NZ Music Month 2021
Website

Entries Due
28 March


Website

Nominations Close
8 February

Winner Announced
20 April

INDEPENDENT MUSIC NZ CLASSIC RECORD

Winner Announced
20 April

AUCKLAND LIVE BEST INDEPENDENT DEBUT AWARD

Winner Announced
20 April

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD

Winner Announced
20 April


Celebrating 21 Years
Website

NZ MUSIC MONTH
May

NZ MUSIC MONTH SUMMIT
29 May – Auckland (also streamed online)

NZ MUSIC T-SHIRT DAY
28 May


TE MARAMA PŪORU WAIATA MĀORI – MĀORI MUSIC MONTH

August


MATAURA LICENSING TRUST GOLD GUITAR AWARDS
Website

Entries Open
22 January

Entries Close
3 April

Winners Announced
4 – 6 June


NZ COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
Website

3 June

APRA BEST COUNTRY MUSIC SONG

Entries Close
Early March

Finalists Announced
Early May

Winner Announced
The winner will be announced at the NZ Country Music Awards on 3 June at the St James Theatre in Gore

MLT SONGWRITING AWARD

Entries Close
7 April

TE KAIPUORO TUAWHENUA TOA – RECORDED MUSIC NZ BEST COUNTRY ARTIST

Entries Close
Early March

Finalists Announced
Early May

Winner Announced
The winner will be announced at the NZ Country Music Awards on 3 June at the St James Theatre in Gore


Celebrating 53 Years
Website

Nominations Close
30 July

Awards Ceremony
15 November

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

Awards Ceremony
November


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

Entries Due
28 February

Entries Close
Early March

Finalists Announced
Early May

Winners Announced
The winner will be announced at the Wellington Jazz Festival, 9 – 13 June

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


Entries Due
28 February

Entries Close
Early March

Finalists Announced
Early May

Winners Announced
The winner will be announce at the Sounds Fun Day in May.

TE KAIPUORO TAKETAKE TOA – BEST FOLK ARTIST

More Info
Auckland Folk Festival Website

Winners Announced
Winners will be announced at the Auckland Folk Festival in Kumeu on Sunday 31 January


Website

Nominations Close
TBA

Awards Ceremony
9 October – Online Event


Website

Entries Close
31 May

Winners Announced
10 November @ Spark Arena, Auckland

NZ MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Announced
10 November

Entries Close
31 May

Winners Announced
10 November

APRA MAIOHA AWARD

Entries Close
31 May

Winners Announced
10 November

APRA BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A FEATURE FILM
APRA BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A SERIES

Entries Close
31 May

Winners Announced
10 November


Website

Entries Due
3 May

Awards Ceremony
8 October – Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland
Rescheduled from 1 September

APRA BEST PACIFIC SONG
More Info

Entries Due
February

Finalists Announced
April

Winner Announced
The winner will be announced at the Pacific Music Awards on 8 October

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


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