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Cultural Agency Supports

As part of the $37.5 million Delta Relief Funding Package announced in September 2021, $10 million funding from the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme has been brought forward to enable cultural sector agencies to support at risk organisations, key infrastructure, artists and projects. 

Funding to Creative New Zealand  

The $5 million to Creative New Zealand will go toward these programmes, subject to demand and need:    

  • increasing the budget for Arts Grants with decisions on upcoming rounds to be notified on 22 October and 4 December 2021. This will offer short-term funding for arts practitioners and arts organisations, including groups and collectives to ensure continuity of practice and support employment in the sector     
  • increasing the budget for its Annual Arts Grants programme with decisions to be notified on 1 October 2021 — this will give more organisations who are not part of Creative New Zealand’s investment client funding certainty over the coming months     
  • increasing the amount of resilience funding for at risk organisations in its investment programmes with the fund to open from mid-October 2021. This will ensure that Creative New Zealand’s investment clients, which include some of the hardest hit areas of the sector festivals, theatres, and performing arts companies and which represent a key part of the core cultural sector infrastructure, will be supported through the impacts of the recent lockdown     
  • increasing funding for the Creative Communities Scheme by distributing additional funds to territorial authorities by the end of 2021. This is about supporting continuity of practice among community arts organisations and individual practitioners outside the main centres.  

For more information, visit the Creative New Zealand website.  

Funding to the New Zealand Music Commission  

The $3 million to the New Zealand Music Commission goes toward supporting the continued operation of key music infrastructure, and to provide support to artists, venues and key support sectors to adapt to new Delta Level 2 requirements and manage the uncertainty of COVID-19 alert levels. 

  • a second round of the NZ Music Venue Infrastructure Fund will open, focused on music venues where there have been NZ artist performances of original music cancelled or postponed since 17 August. Applications will open on 1 October when further details will be available on the Music Commission website. 
  • The Aotearoa Touring Programme will be expanding its capacity to support grant recipients who incurred costs for shows which were cancelled or postponed since 17 August. Artists impacted will be contacted directly and further details will be available on the Music Commission website from 1 October. 
  • The NZ Music Commission will work alongside the charity MusicHelps to ensure NZ artists and music workers affected by the current Alert Level shifts can be supported if suffering hardship. 

For more information visit the NZ Music Commission website

Funding to Te Papa / Museums Aotearoa  

The $1m to Te Papa will be split with $600k going towards increasing the Museums Hardship Fund, and the remaining $400k to fund Museums Aotearoa to conduct research, planning and feasibility work to understand the new context museums are operating within.   

The top up to the Museum Hardship Fund will provide additional funding for this year to support the protection of collections, enable ongoing access to those collections and contribute to the protection of jobs.  

Applications to Round 3 of the Museums Hardship Fund, which opened on 1 September 2021, have been extended to the end of October 2021 to allow for museums who have been locked out of their buildings time to apply.  

For further information on the Museum Hardship Fund, visit the Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi website

Museums Aotearoa will conduct urgent research, planning and feasibility work to better understand the effects of the current Delta outbreak on the sector. This will enable Museums Aotearoa, as the advocacy body for museums, galleries and whare taonga in Aotearoa New Zealand, to strengthen the future sustainability and viability of the sector. This work will begin in October 2021. 

For further information, visit the Museums Aotearoa website.  

Funding to the New Zealand Film Commission 

The $1 million to the New Zealand Film Commission goes towards further relief to productions in extraordinary circumstances and to avoid abandonment where the Screen Production Recovery Fund or indemnity has not been sufficient to manage the costs of the restrictions given the extent of the alert level rise needed to respond to the Delta outbreak.   

 The Fund will be open to NZ Film Commission-funded and NZ Screen Production Grant-New Zealand productions that have been shut down, delayed or otherwise impacted by the August 2021 COVID-19 lockdown, and is a fund of last resort to prevent abandonment once all other funding sources have been exhausted. 

The NZ Film Commission hopes to have full guidelines available and the online portal open for applications within the next two weeks (before mid-October). 

For more information visit the NZ Film Commission website


Updated on 30th September 2021