Next funding deadline

18 October 2018

For: New Music Project and New Music Features. All deadlines are now 4pm on the date stated.

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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 on an 80% reimbursement basis, meaning that the applicant must co-invest a minimum of 20% of the costs of completing the Single project.

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.

Deadline: 4pm 6 September / Decisions: 4 October

  • For: New Music Single

Deadline: 4pm 8 November / Decisions: 6 December

  • For: New Music Single

Deadline: 4pm 10 January / Decisions: 8 February

  • For: New Music Single

Deadline: 4pm 7 March / Decisions: 4 April

  • For: New Music Single

Deadline: 4pm 9 May / Decisions: 6 June

  • For: New Music Single

Deadline: 4pm 11 July / Decisions: 8 August

  • For: New Music Single

Deadline: 4pm 12 September / Decisions: 10 October

  • For: New Music Single

Deadline: 4pm 14 November / Decisions: 12 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, 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

This should be sent to david@nzonair.govt.nz

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.

Deadline: 4pm 9 August / Decisions: 1 October

  • For: New Music Project

Deadline: 4pm 18 October / Decisions: 5 December

  • For: New Music Project, New Music Features*

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

Deadline: 4pm 17 January / Decisions: 6 March

  • For: New Music Project

Deadline: 4pm 21 March / Decisions: 8 May

  • For: New Music Project, New Music Kids

Deadline: 4pm 30 May/ Decisions: 17 July

  • For: New Music Project

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*

*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 recently 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 in this first year of establishing the fund (2018).

NZ On Air will pay on an 80% reimbursement basis, meaning that the applicant must co-invest a minimum of 20% of the costs of completing the New Music Kids project.

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 will only be accepted online.

Online applications for each round open approximately three weeks before deadline date.

Deadline: 4pm 9 August / Decisions: 26 September

  • For: New Music Kids

Deadline: 4pm 21 March / Decisions: 8 May

  • For: New Music Project, New Music Kids

Deadline: 4pm 8 August / Decisions: 25 September

  • For: New Music Project, New Music Kids

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 hannah@nzonair.govt.nz for application details.

Deadline:

Friday 18 August

Deadline:

Monday 17 September

Deadline:

Wednesday 17 October

Deadline:

Friday 16 November

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

What are the New Music funding schemes for?

NZ On Air funding is for the production and promotion of new music and music videos to help great NZ songs connect with a large audience on broadcast and online platforms.

There are now three streams of funding – Single funding which is focused on funding one song and music video plus promotion; Project funding which co-invests with professional music companies in multi-song production, music videos and promotion; and Kids music funding.

The goal is to give each of these funded NZ songs the very best opportunity to connect with as significant an audience as possible on radio and online.

Can I receive a Single funding grant then go on to get a Project grant in the same year?

In the interests of being flexible it is possible that this could happen. However, your single grant would be deducted from the Project grant funding.

Can I get funding for recording work that is already released?

You can still apply for funding for the music video or visual representation of the song or songs, but if the music is released (publicly available) then we won’t reimburse any of the recording costs.

With Project funding the artist must be backed by a ‘third-party professional music company’. What is that?

In most cases this will be a professional record label – either independent or major - or a music management company.
The company must be NZ-registered and will be responsible for delivering the Project along with co-investing a minimum of 40% of the eligible costs of the Project.

We are looking to co-invest and partner with reliable, experienced, capable and professional music companies who have proven they can successfully plan and manage multi-single release projects.

This is a careful use of public funding and has many precedents in the public sector.

Who decides who gets funding?

New Music Single funding is decided by a rotating panel of NZ Music Industry experts.
New Music Project funding is decided by NZ On Air.

So I can spend some of the grant on marketing, promotion, online ads etc?

It is expected that each project will allow some budget to spend on promotion, publicity and digital marketing to get the funded song or songs noticed by a larger audience.

This is where the new flexibility comes in, and the applicant for Single funding can now spend up to $2,000 on promoting the funded song and video.

For Project funding the amount of spend on promotion, publicity and marketing will need to be detailed in the project plan and budget.

How much am I supposed to spend on music videos now?

The New Music funding scheme is more flexible about the budget for music videos. We are now less prescriptive about how much the applicant must spend on a music video.

A good quality music video will cost money, but the details can be negotiated between the applicant and the prospective video maker.

We are also open to different styles of online music video or visual representation of the song and the varying budget levels for these.

You will still need to submit a budget for recording the song and producing the video.

Are you still funding 60% of music for mainstream audiences and 40% for ‘alternative’ audiences?

Yes, that target remains.

Can I get Project funding grant then go on to get Single grants in the same year?

No.
If your act has received a Project grant then you are not eligible for any further Single funding grants in that year.

How many grants can I receive in a year?

You can receive up to three New Music Single grants in a 12-month period, or three grants from any one album, or two grants from any one EP.
Any one artist can only receive one New Music Project grant in a 12-month period.

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.