Before you apply

Before you apply there’s some essential information that will help you understand how we invest and give you the best chance of securing funding.

Our strategy for investing is outlined in the NZ Media Fund and our high level goals are set out in our Statement of Intent and Statement of Performance Expectations.

We focus on new music that stands out from the crowd - that is, great songs by artists with a good story to tell, or a unique perspective or sound.

Our NZ Music Strategy, updated in 2016, indicates the increasing emphasis placed on funding projects that reflect Aotearoa and have the potential to reach significant broadcast and/or online audiences.

Before you apply, ensure your music qualifies as New Zealand music by reading the criteria here.

New Music Single

Funding of up to $8,000 is available for a single song.

NZ On Air will pay a maximum of $8,000 (plus GST if registered) for the eligible costs of recording a single, creating video content to promote the single and other promotion costs to increase NZ audience awareness and engagement with the audio and video content.

Before you register and apply online, take a moment to view the New Music Single deadlines, check that you're eligible to apply and have a look at the frequently asked questions.

The button below will take you to an online portal where you must register to apply for funding.

2019

Deadline: 4pm 14 November / Decisions: 12 December

  • For: New Music Single

2020

Deadline: 4pm 13 February / Decisions: 12 March

  • For: New Music Single

Deadline: 4pm 23 April / Decisions: 21 May

  • For: New Music Single

Deadline: 4pm 25 June / Decisions: 23 July

  • For: New Music Single

Deadline: 4pm 3 September / Decisions: 2 October

  • For: New Music Single

Deadline: 4pm 5 November / Decisions: 3 December

  • For: New Music Single

What is the definition of New Zealand Music?

New Zealand music is music made by New Zealanders, where 'made' means 'performed or recorded' and 'New Zealander' means 'New Zealand citizen or resident."

If you're not sure if your song qualifies, check out the NZ Music Definition checklist below, you must answer yes to 3 out of 5 of both sections to consider your music 'New Zealand Music.'

New Music Single funding criteria

Before you apply for New Music Single funding you must also ensure your song fits a set of minimum criteria.

To qualify for funding you must answer yes to at least 10 of the 22 criteria set out in the funding criteria document below.

The document will ask you about:

  • Your ability to contribute towards the single creation
  • Your audience and/or following
  • Your track record in the New Zealand music scene
  • Your strategic plans for what you will do with funding
  • Whether you meet the business criteria.

There is also information about eligible costs, grant allowance and what is considered a responsible use of public funds.

New Music Project

Funding of between $7,500 and $30,000 is available for multi-song projects.

NZ On Air will pay on a 60% reimbursement basis, meaning that the music company/ applicant must co-invest a minimum of 40% of the costs of completing the Project.

Potential applicants must first email a one-paragraph project overview to David Ridler, Head of Music at NZ On Air, (david@nzonair.govt.nz ) at least two weeks before the funding deadline.

Project funding requires the involvement of a third-party NZ-based professional music company in the project.

If you are eligible to apply for Project funding the full application must contain:

  • A project overview including KPI's
  • Recording and production plan and budget
  • Release plan
  • Marketing and promotional plan and budget
  • Full project timeline
  • Evidence of co-funding commitment
  • Artist track record
  • Company track record for music releases
  • Audio of 2 – 3 demo recordings

Before you apply, take a moment to view New Music Project deadlines, check whether you're eligible to apply and have a look at the frequently asked questions.

2019

Deadline: 4pm 8 August / Decisions: 25 September

  • For: New Music Project, New Music Kids

Deadline: 4pm 17 October / Decisions: 4 December

  • For: New Music Project, New Music Features*

2020

Deadline: 4pm 16 January / Decisions: 4 March

  • For: New Music Project

Deadline: 4pm 19 March / Decisions: 6 May

  • For: New Music Project

Deadline: 4pm 28 May / Decisions: 15 July

  • For: New Music Project

Deadline: 4pm 6 August / Decisions: 30 September

  • For: New Music Project, New Music Kids

Deadline: 4pm 15 October / Decisions: 2 December

  • For: New Music Project, NZ Music Features*

*NZ Music Features include radio programmes or online initiatives specifically promoting NZ music.

What is the definition of New Zealand Music?

New Zealand music is music made by New Zealanders, where 'made' means 'performed or recorded' and 'New Zealander' means 'New Zealand citizen or resident."

If you're not sure if your song qualifies check out the NZ Music Definition checklist below, you must answer yes to 3 out of 5 of both sections to consider your music 'New Zealand Music.'

New Music Project funding criteria

Before you apply for New Music Project funding you must also ensure your song fits a set of minimum criteria.

The document below will ask you about:

  • Whether you have the backing of a professional GST-registered music company
  • Your broadcast outcome goals
  • Your track record in the New Zealand music scene
  • Your strategic plans for what you will do with funding
  • Whether you meet the business criteria
  • Whether you can provide detailed budgets, plans and timelines.

There is also information about eligible costs, grant allowance and funding expectations.

The level of funding granted will depend on the level of co-investment from the third-party music company and the potential for the project to assist with NZ On Air’s strategic objectives of increasing the percentage of NZ music on radio, and the potential to achieve high levels of online play and engagement.

New Music Kids

NZ On Air has launched the New Music Kids fund to assist with the creation of children’s music content - namely audio recordings and music video content.

Funding of between $2,500 and $10,000 is available for new music for children, depending on the scope of the project.

If you are making multiple songs or multiple music videos the maximum is still $10,000 for any one children’s music artist.

NZ On Air will pay on a reimbursement basis, meaning that the applicant must advance the initial costs before being able to drawdown the grant.

Before you register and apply, take a moment to view New Music Kids deadlines, guidelines, download a budget template, and have a look at the frequently asked questions.

New Music Kids funding applications are closed for 2019. The New Music Kids 2020 deadline is TBC.

What is the definition of New Zealand Music?

New Zealand music is music made by New Zealanders, where 'made' means 'performed or recorded' and 'New Zealander' means 'New Zealand citizen or resident."

If you're not sure if your song qualifies check out the NZ Music Definition checklist below, you must answer yes to 3 out of 5 of both sections to consider your music 'New Zealand Music.'

New Music Kids Guidelines

This document sets out:

  • How to apply online
  • What is required in your application
  • How we will assess your application
  • The fine print.

New Music Kids eligible costs

This document sets out:

  • The kinds of costs NZ On Air will consider as eligible for subsidy in New Music Kids funding.

New Music Kids budget template

This is a project budget and cost report template for New Music Kids.

New Tracks

New Tracks is a compilation of new music from New Zealand artists which is distributed to broadcast and online platforms each month.

With over 230 volumes, New Tracks (previously Kiwi Hit Disc) is the most comprehensive catalogue of New Zealand contemporary music ever assembled.

To apply for New Tracks you must have a completed, airplay-ready song and a promotional plan.

Before you apply, take a moment to view the New Tracks Deadlines and check if you are eligible to apply.

You can submit one song each month.

Contact newtracks@nzonair.govt.nz for application details.

Friday 23rd of August at 4pm

(For the September compilation)

Monday 23rd of September at 4pm

(For the October compilation)

Wednesday 23rd of October at 4pm

(For the November compilation)

Friday 22nd of November at 4pm

(For the December compilation)

What is the definition of New Zealand Music?

New Zealand music is music made by New Zealanders, where 'made' means 'performed or recorded' and 'New Zealander' means 'New Zealand citizen or resident."

If you're not sure if your song qualifies check out the NZ Music Definition checklist below, you must answer yes to 3 out of 5 of both sections to consider your music 'New Zealand Music.'

FAQ

Funding decisions

You can see all the latest funding decisions via the button below.

All funding decisions are also available through our funding decisions search.

Resources for musicians

If your application is successful there are a number of steps you will need to take to receive your funding.

Check out the resources for musicians page to find all the information you'll need for the next step in the post-funding process and for information on how to promote your music.