Apply for funding for a single song

If you have a great song you want to release as a single to connect with as wide an audience as possible then New Music Single funding is available. There are five New Music Single funding rounds a year.

What can I apply for?

Funding of up to $8,000 is available under this scheme for a single song. The funding can go towards a combination of recording costs, making a music video and/or visual representation for the song, and promotion costs for getting the song noticed. NZ On Air will pay on an 80% reimbursement basis, meaning the applicant must provide a co-investment of a minimum of 20% of the costs of completing the Single project. 

Success will be measured by the level of radio play achieved and the number of streams/plays/views/shares across multiple online platforms.


New Music Single funding is similar to the previous Making Tracks scheme. There are a set of minimum criteria which must be fulfilled before an application can be made.

The key criteria for funding is based on the potential for the song to connect with a significant audience on broadcast and/or online platforms as judged by an industry panel.

Any one artist can receive a maximum of three New Music Single grants per 12-month period, or a maximum of three New Music Single grants per album or EP release.

Outcomes from previous NZ On Air-funded songs from an artist (including Making Tracks and Phase Four-funded projects) will be assessed as part of the application process.

Please note: All proposals submitted to NZ On Air are covered by the Official Information Act and may be released.

Download the New Music Single funding Criteria (pdf)
Download the New Music funding – Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Apply online for New Music Single funding

New Music Single Funding Deadlines – 2017/18

2017/18 dates

Deadline: Friday 3 November 2017 / Decisions: 30 November 2017

Deadline: Thursday 8 February 2018 / Decisions: 8 March 2018

Deadline: Thursday 19 April 2018 / Decisions: 17 May 2018

Deadline: Thursday 28 June 2018 / Decisions: 26 July 2018

Deadline: Thursday 6 September 2018 / Decisions: 4 October 2018

Deadline: Thursday 8 November 2018 / Decisions: 6 December 2018