Scripted and Non-Fiction funding

We fund the development and production of local Scripted and Non-Fiction kaupapa that reflects and develops New Zealand culture.

Before you apply for pūtea tautoko you need to know what we can fund, what you'll need to include in your application, and how we'll assess your application.

Registered applicants

If you’ve applied for funding before, or are already registered and have read our tono guidelines, you can go straight to our online funding application portal.

Journalism funding

We fund journalism roles, projects and industry development initiatives through our $55m Public Interest Journalism Fund.

This three year fund is open to all New Zealand media entities that can demonstrate that their mahi fills a public interest service and would otherwise be at risk or not produced without support.

Music funding

We fund the development, recording and promotion of single songs and multi-song projects.

We run multiple puoro funding rounds per year. For your best chance of a successful application, first read about about the funding you are applying for: New Music Single, New Music Project, New Music Development, Waiata Takitahi, New Music Pasifika, New Music Kids or New Music Pan-Asian.

You can also read about submitting your waiata for our NewTracks compilation.

Platform funding

We provide pūtea tautoko to a number of targeted platforms and services that provide important public media content.

These include access, Pacific and student radio, disability access services, and content discovery hubs.

This is a closed fund with only one round per year.

Funding decisions

All funding decisions are available through our funding decisions search.

We may also issue media releases and pānui about funding decisions, these can be read on our news page.

Additional resources

Resources for producers

For successful Scripted and Non-Fiction applicants: Templates and guidelines for every step of the process, to help you meet your obligations to NZ On Air and receive your funding.

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Resources for musicians

For successful Music applicants : Templates and guidelines you’ll need to fulfill your obligations to NZ On Air and receive your funding. For all musicians: Information on how to market your song and find an audience.

Learn more