Music

Manatū Taonga is administering a $16.5 million New Zealand Music Recovery Fund.

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the contemporary popular New Zealand music industry which relies on live music as an important revenue stream. Restrictions on gatherings halted tours and saw income for musicians, as well as those working behind the scenes in production and venues, all but disappear in the short term.

The New Zealand Music Recovery Fund is:

  • allowing musicians and music businesses to recoup some of the revenue lost due to COVID-19
  • reinvigorating the live music industry with support for musicians, technical crews and venues across the country
  • supporting the creation of new New Zealand music providing income opportunities for musicians and the recording industry.

New Music Fund

The New Music Fund boosts NZ On Air’s New Music programmes by $7.178 million over two years to support the production of new music.

This includes extra investment in new music singles, new music projects, and children’s music, more focus rounds for Pasifika music and music using Te Reo Māori, more professional support options for funded artists, and an extra fund for projects and features promoting New Zealand music to New Zealand audiences. This funding is being delivered by NZ On Air.

More information

Funding boosts are in effect. For more details see the music funding information on the NZ On Air website.


NZ Music Month and Outward Sound Make Good Funds

These Funds will enable New Zealand artists and music businesses to apply for a contribution towards recouping lost income and costs incurred for original New Zealand music activity that was scheduled to occur in NZ Music Month 2020 and Outward Sound which was cancelled as a result of COVID-19.

A total of $1.4 million is available for both the NZ Music Month Make Good Fund and the Outward Sound Make Good Fund. This funding is being delivered by the NZ Music Commission.

More information

  • Applications for these funds have now closed.
  • The names of the first artists suported through the Outward Sound Make Good Fund are available on NZ Music Commission website. The final round of recipients are expected to be published soon. 
  • Applications for the NZ Music Month Make Good Fund are being assessed. See the NZ Music Commission website for details.

Music Venue Infrastructure Fund

This fund provides $3 million to upgrade music venues across Aotearoa to ensure safe environments for audiences, workers and artists. It supports music venues in main centres and the regions with a track record of original New Zealand music performances. This fund provides grants up to $50,000 per venue.

Latest update

  • Applications have now closed.
  • The fund has supported 84 venues across over 26 towns and cities in Aotearoa. 
  • A list of venues that received support are on the NZ Music Commission website – Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3.
  • The final few venues that received support are expected to be published soon.

Aotearoa Music Touring Programme

The programme gives $5 million over two years for New Zealand artists to perform original live music on tour in Aotearoa. This will reinvigorate the live music sector and the industry behind it.

Funding will allow more New Zealand artists to grow careers. It will benefit the many people and businesses that support musicians on tour and create more opportunities for New Zealanders to experience live, local music.

This funding is being delivered by the NZ Music Commission. It supports production costs, and touring both nationally and regionally. 

Latest update

  • Applications are now open for Tier 3 - for significant large-scale New Zealand music events (ie. 8,000+ capacities). Further rounds for Tier 1 and Tier 2 are also open. They close Wednesday 27 January 2021, 5:00pm.
  • Twenty-six artists received Tier 1 and Tier 2 grants from the first round. Twenty-five recipients received grants in round two. See the NZ Music Commission website for round one and round two recipients.
  • Closing date for future rounds in 2021 are also available on the NZ Music Commission website.
  • See the NZ Music Commission website for more funding details.

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Updated on 15th January 2021