Music


Manatū Taonga has 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 allowed New Zealand artists and music businesses to apply for a contribution towards recouping lost income and costs incurred as a result of COVID-19 cancellations in 2020. It was for original New Zealand music activity that was scheduled to occur in NZ Music Month 2020 and as part of the Outward Sound programme.

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

Latest update

  • Applications for these funds have now closed.
  • There were 17 recipients for the Outward Sound Make Good Fund and 43 recipients for the NZ Music Month Make Good Fund.
  • A recap of the 2020 New Zealand Music Recovery Funds, including names of the 60 recipients for the two Make Good Funds is available on the NZ Music Commission website.

Music Venue Infrastructure Fund

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

Latest update

  • Applications have now closed.
  • The fund supported 85 venues across over 26 towns and cities in Aotearoa. 
  • A list of venues that received support are in the recap of the 2020 New Zealand Music Recovery Funds on the NZ Music Commission website.
  • There's also a breakdown of funding awarded in each round - Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3.

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, allowing 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.

Funding is being delivered by the NZ Music Commission through multiple funding rounds and a three-tier system related to the capacity of performances. It supports production costs, and touring both nationally and regionally.

Latest update


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Updated on 28th June 2021