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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 was brought forward to enable cultural sector agencies to support at risk organisations, key infrastructure, artists and projects. 

Funding to Creative New Zealand  

Creative New Zealand received $5 million 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 offers 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 ensuring 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. 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  

New Zealand Music Commission received $3 million toward supporting the continued operation of key music infrastructure, and to provide support to artists, venues and key support sectors to adapt to the public health requirements imposed in response to the Delta outbreak and manage the uncertainty of COVID-19. 

  • a second round of the NZ Music Venue Infrastructure Fund opened, focused on music venues where there have been NZ artist performances of original music cancelled or postponed since 17 August.
  • The Aotearoa Touring Programme expanded its capacity to support grant recipients who incurred costs for shows which were cancelled or postponed since 17 August. 
  • The NZ Music Commission worked with the charity MusicHelps to ensure NZ artists and music workers affected by COVID-19 public health requirements can be supported if suffering hardship. 

For more information visit the NZ Music Commission website

Funding to Te Papa / Museums Aotearoa  

The $1 million to Te Papa was 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 provides additional funding for this year to support the protection of collections, enable ongoing access to those collections and contribute to the protection of jobs.  

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

Museums Aotearoa will conduct research, planning and feasibility work to better understand the effects of the current Delta outbreak on the sector, enabling 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 began in October 2021. 

For further information, visit the Museums Aotearoa website.  

Funding to the New Zealand Film Commission 

The New Zealand Film Commission received $1 million toward 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 is 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. 

For more information visit the NZ Film Commission website


Updated on 3rd May 2022