Important NZ Music Industry Dates

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


Dates are for 2024, unless otherwise specified.

NZ ON AIR – IRIRANGI TE MOTU

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Music Funding
Resources For Musicians

PLEASE NOTE:
Completed 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 Open
11 January
28 March
30 May

Applications Close
25 January
11 April
13 June

Results Published
22 February
9 May
11 July

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 Open
18 January
4 April

Applications Close
8 February
24 April

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

Applications Open
29 February

Applications Close
14 March

Results Published
11 April

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.

Applications Open
8 February

Applications Close
29 February

Results Published
28 March

Applications Open
26 April

Applications Close
16 May

Results Published
13 June

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 Open
TBA

Applications Close
TBA

Notification Dates
TBA

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

Applications Open
4 April

Applications Close
24 April

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 throughout Aotearoa.

More Info

Applications Open
2 January
1 February
1 March
2 April
1 May
1 June
2 July
1 August
2 September
1 October
1 November

Applications Close
15 January
15 February
15 March
15 April
15 May
15 June
15 July
15 August
15 September
15 October
15 November


CREATIVE NZ – ARTS COUNCIL OF NEW ZEALAND TOI AOTEAROA

Website

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

Applications Open
18 March
5 August

Applications Close
18 April
17 September

Notification Dates
19 June
4 December

Applications Open
25 March

Applications Close
11 April

Notification Dates
6 May

Applications Open
7 March

Applications Close
4 April

Notification Date
22 May

Applications Open
18 March
5 August

Applications Close
16 April
17 September

Notification Date
19 June
4 December

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

Applications Open
18 March

Applications Close
16 April

Notification Date
19 June


TE MĀNGAI PĀHO

Website

PLEASE NOTE:
Completed 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
TBA

Applications Close
TBA

Notification Dates
TBA

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

Round Opens
TBA

Applications Close
TBA

Notification Date
TBA

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
5 February
2 April
4 June

Applications Close
23 February
19 April
27 June

Notification Dates
22 March
17 May
19 July

WAIATA REO MĀORI SHOWCASE

Applications Open
TBA

WAIATA REO MĀORI PLATFORM FEATURES

Applications Open
TBA

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

Applications Open
4 March
4 June

Applications Close
22 March
27 June

Notification Dates
19 April
19 July


APRA AMCOS

Website

More Info

Applications Close
13 February

More Info

4 – 8 March

More Info

15 – 19 April

24 – 28 March

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS

More Info

Applications Open
TBA

Applications Close
TBA


NEW ZEALAND MUSIC COMMISSION – TE REO REKA O AOTEAROA

INDUSTRY INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

More Info

Closing Date
November 2024
Internships start in January or February 2025


MUSICHELPS – ĀWHINA PUORO

MUSICHELPS GRANTS

More Info

Applications Close
31 January
31 July

Notification Dates
31 March
30 September


THE ARTS FOUNDATION SPRINGBOARD

Website

Nominations Close
December


OUTWARD SOUND

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
11 December, 2023
4 March
13 May
29 July
14 October
9 December

Decision Dates
13 February
16 April
16 July
17 September
3 December
3 February, 2025

INTERNATIONAL DELEGATE APPLICATION DEADLINES

BIGSOUND – 3-6 SEPTEMBER 2024 – BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Applications Close
17 June

Decision Date
9 July

WOMEX – OCTOBER 23-27 – MANCHESTER, UK

Applications Close
8 July

Decision Date
6 August


TO THE FRONT / GIRLS ROCK YOUTH MUSIC PROGRAMMES

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Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland
15 – 20 January

Kirikiriroa / Hamilton
15 – 19 July

Te Papaioea / Palmerston North
TBA

Pōneke / Wellington
8 – 13 July


GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT

Website

Artist Applications Close
TBC

Summit & Showcases
28 – 30 August


SMOKEFREE ROCKQUEST

Website

Region
Auckland
Auckland Solo/Duo
Bay of Plenty
Canterbury
Central Otago
East Coast
Hawkes Bay
Manawatū
Manukau
Nelson
North Shore
Northland
Otago
Rotorua
Southland
Taranaki
Timaru
Waikato
Wairarapa
Wellington
Whanganui

Heats
18 May

11 May
24 & 25 May
19 May
17 May
18 May
19 May
18 May
18 May
17 May
19 May
18 May
10 May



12 May

25 May

Finals
15 June
26 May
21 June
8 June
22 June
21 June
22 June
7 June
7 June
22 June
14 June
8 June
15 June
20 June
14 June
30 May
17 May
22 June
24 May
8 June
14 June

National Final
TBA

SMOKEFREE TANGATA BEATS

Website

Region
East Coast
Central Otago
Southland
Whanganui
Taranaki
Auckland
Wellington
Canterbury
Wairarapa
Northland
Manawatū
Otago
Hawkes Bay
Nelson
Timaru
Waikato
Bay of Plenty
Rotorua

Event Dates
4 July
22 June
14 June
14 June
30 May
25 May / 27 June
25 May
24 May
24 May
19 May
19 May
18 May
18 May
18 May
17 May
12 May
11 May
10 May

National Final
TBA

ROCKSHOP BANDQUEST

Website

Entries Close
23 July

Region
Nelson
Waikato
Gisborne
Bay of Plenty
Otago
Taranaki
Greater Auckland 1
Auckland – North Shore
Greater Auckland 2
Auckland Central
Manukau
Greater Auckland 3
Canterbury
Hawkes Bay
Manawatu
Wellington
Northland

Heats
15 August
16 August
16 August
17 August
17 August
19 August
19 – 21 August, 26 – 28 August
19 – 21 August, 26 – 28 August
19 – 21 August, 26 – 28 August
19 – 21 August, 26 – 28 August
19 – 21 August, 26 – 28 August
19 – 21 August, 26 – 28 August
26 – 28 August
22 August
30 August
31 August
2 September


PLAY IT STRANGE

Website

Open to all Aotearoa students – Years 9 – 11

Entries Open
1 February

Entries Close
24 May

Open to all Aotearoa students – Years 9 – 13

Entries Open
1 February

Entries Close
31 July

Open to all Aotearoa students – Years 9 – 13

Entries Open
1 February

Entries Close
30 June

Open to all Aotearoa students – Years 9 – 13

Entries Open
1 August

Entries Close
30 September


HOOK LINE AND SING-A-LONG

More Info
Facebook

Write the song for NZ Music MonthTe Marama Puoro o Aotearoa

Entries Due
Early March

Winner Announced
Late March


TAITE MUSIC PRIZE

Website

Nominations Close
31 January

Winner Announced
23 April

INDEPENDENT MUSIC NZ CLASSIC RECORD

Winner Announced
23 April

AUCKLAND LIVE BEST INDEPENDENT DEBUT AWARD

Nominations Close
31 January

Winner Announced
23 April

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD

Winner Announced
23 April

NZ ON AIR OUTSTANDING MUSIC JOURNALISM AWARD

Nominations Close
31 January

Winner Announced
23 April


TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA
NZ MUSIC MONTH

Website

TE MARAMA PUORO O AOTEAROA – NZ MUSIC MONTH
May

NZ MUSIC MONTH QUIZ
TBA

NZ MUSIC T-SHIRT DAY
3 May

NZ MUSIC MONTH SUMMIT
TBA


TE MARAMA PUORU WAIATA MĀORI – MĀORI MUSIC MONTH

August


MATAURA LICENSING TRUST (MLT) GOLD GUITAR AWARDS

Website

Entries Open
January

Entries Close
10 April

Finals/Winners Announced
31 May – 2 June

MLT SONGWRITING AWARD

Entries Open
January

Entries Close
10 April

Finalists Announced
May


NZ COUNTRY MUSIC HONOURS

Entries Open
5 February

Entries Close
18 March

Finalists Announced
Early May

Winner Announced
The winner will be announced at the New Zealand Country Music Honours:
24 May @ SBS St James Theatre, Gore


AOTEAROA MUSIC AWARDS

Celebrating 54 Years
Website

Nominations Open
20 November

Nominations Close
20 December

Finalists Announced
TBC

Awards Ceremony
30 May 2024 @ Viaduct Events Centre, Tāmaki Makaurau


BEST JAZZ COMPOSITION AWARD

Entries Open
February

Entries Close
March

Finalists Announced
May

Winners Announced
The winner will be announced at the Wellington Jazz Festival – October.

TE KAIPUORO WAIATA TAMARIKI TOA – BEST CHILDREN’S MUSIC ARTIST
TE KOROKORO TŪĪ – BEST CHILDREN’S MUSIC SONG
TE HUIA KAIMANAWA – BEST CHILDREN’S MUSIC VIDEO

Entries Open
February

Entries Close
March

Finalists Announced
April

Winners Announced
The winners will be announced at the Ngā Manu Tīrairaka – Children’s Music Awards – date TBA.


WAIATA MĀORI MUSIC AWARDS

Website

Nominations Close
TBA

Awards Ceremony
TBA


KAITITO KAIAKA – APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARDS

More Info

Entries Open
17 April

Entries Close
15 May

Winners Announced
TBA

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

Announced
TBA

TE TOHU AUAHA – SOUNZ CONTEMPORARY AWARD

Entries Close
15 May

Winners Announced
TBA

TOHU MAIOHA – APRA MAIOHA AWARD

Entries Close
15 May

Winners Announced
TBA

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

Entries Close
15 May

Winners Announced
TBA


PACIFIC MUSIC AWARDS

Website

Entries Open
15 March

Entries Due
26 April

Finalists Announced
TBC

Winners Announced
The winner will be announced at the Pacific Music Awards:
29 August @ Due Drop Events Centre, Auckland.