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. We focus on new puoro 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 $10,000 is available for a single song - which can now include a $1,000 (10%) Artist Creation Fee.

NZ On Air will pay a maximum of $10,000 (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.

To be eligible to apply for New Music Single pūtea tautoko we ask that you have reached at least 10 out of 30 criteria benchmarks for your music to date. If you can reach at least 10 out of these 30 benchmarks then your waiata and application can be submitted to be assessed by our expert funding panels.

Please note: the 10% Artist Creation Fee is optional. The artist or rights holder can decide to invest that fee into the overall single campaign if they wish.

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

The next New Music Single round will open on Thursday 16 March.
Applications for the round will close on Thursday 30 March at 4pm.

New Music Single

  • Round open Thursday 5 January | Deadline Thursday 19 January, 4pm
  • Round open Thursday 16 March | Deadline Thursday 30 March, 4pm
  • Round open Thursday 1 June | Deadline Thursday 15 June, 4pm
  • Round open Thursday 3 August | DeadlineThursday 17 August, 4pm
  • Round open Thursday 12 October | Deadline Thursday 26 October, 4pm

Please note: the New Music Single application period from 2023 onwards will be slightly shorter - applications will need to be submitted within two weeks of the round opening.

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 pūtea tautoko you must answer yes to at least 10 of the 30 criteria set out in the funding criteria document below.

The document will ask you about:

  • Your audience and/or following
  • Your track record in the New Zealand music scene
  • Your business credentials
  • Your strategic plans for what you will do with funding

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

What is the definition of New Zealand Music?

New Zealand music is puoro 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 of between $10,00 and $40,000 is available for multi-song projects- which includes an up to $4,000 (10%) Artist Creation Fee.

NZ On Air will pay on a 80% reimbursement basis, meaning that the music company/applicant must co-invest a minimum of 20% of the costs of completing the Project.

Please note: the 10% Artist Creation Fee is optional. The artist or rights holder can decide to invest that fee into the overall project campaign if they wish.

To determine your eligibility to apply for New Music Project funding, please read the pre application criteria document below.

Project funding requires the involvement of a third-party NZ-based professional music company in the kaupapa. Confirmation of this involvement will be required in writing.

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

Potential applicants must first email a one-paragraph project overview to project@nzonair.govt.nz at least two weeks before the funding deadline.

The next New Music Project round will open on Thursday 6 April 2023.
Applications for the round will close on Thursday 27 April 2023 at 4pm.
Applications can be submitted at
http://funding.nzonair.govt.nz/

New Music Project

  • Round open Thursday 12 January | Deadline Thursday 2 February, 4pm
  • Round open Thursday 6 April | Deadline Thursday 27 April, 4pm
  • Round open Thursday 29 June | Deadline Thursday 20 July, 4pm
  • Round open Thursday 31 August | Deadline Thursday 21 September, 4pm

What is the definition of New Zealand Music?

New Zealand music is puoro 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 project fits a set of minimum criteria.

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.

Waiata Takitahi

Waiata Takitahi – (‘single song’) – is a co-fund launched as a collaboration between NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho.

We are seeking applications from New Zealand artists who are interested in recording and releasing a bilingual single with potential general audience appeal and a minimum of 25% te reo Māori in the song lyrics. We are looking for songs that will target online and broadcast audiences and have potential to find a home on mainstream playlists.

Artists can come from any background but the use of te reo Māori in the song will be expected to be overseen by a te reo Māori language consultant to ensure quality control and the contextual relevance in the waiata. For applicants who are not in a position to confirm a language consultant before the application deadline, there will be an opportunity to be matched with a range of consultants via Te Māngai Pāho.

Funding of up to $14,000 (plus GST if registered) is available to put towards the costs of recording a single song, creating video content and other visual collateral, and putting resource towards promotion, publicity and marketing for the single release. Funds can also be used to pay for the services of a te reo Māori language consultant.

The next Waiata Takitahi round will open on Thursday 19 October 2023.

Applications for the round will close on Thursday 9 November at 4pm.

Applications can be submitted at newmusicsingles.nzonair.govt.nz

New Music Development

New Music Development is a new funding initiative designed to support the development of new songs from emerging artists working with established music producers within New Zealand.

Grants of up to $6,000 (+ GST) are available to producers for development of a body of work with one artist, with a minimum of three demo recordings to be delivered at the end of the development period.

We expect that there will be many waiata ideas created in working towards an overall body of work. The goal is to help develop the writing skills, overall sound and musical direction of the artist through collaboration between producer and artist. Our desire is to see some of these songs go on to be released, however that is not a requirement for the development grant.

The next New Music Development round will open on Thursday 16 February 2023.
Applications for the round will close on Thursday 9 March 2023 at 4pm.
Applications can be submitted at
http://funding.nzonair.govt.nz/

New Music Development

  • Round open Thursday 16 February | Deadline Thursday 9 March, 4pm
  • Round open Thursday 10 August | Deadline Thursday 31 August, 4pm

New Tracks

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

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

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

Before you apply, take a moment to view the New Tracks recommended release dates for the current month and check if you are eligible to apply.

You can only submit one song each month.

Contact newtracks@nzonair.govt.nz with any queries.

Deadlines for 2023 - all rounds close at 4pm

  • February compilation – Round open Monday 2 January | Deadline Friday 20 January
  • March compilation – Round open Wednesday 1 February | Deadline Monday 20 February
  • April compilation – Round open Wednesday 1 March | Deadline Monday 20 March
  • May compilation – Round open Saturday 1 April | Deadline Thursday 20 April
  • June compilation – Round open Monday 1 May | Deadline Saturday 20 May
  • July compilation – Round open Thursday 1 June | Deadline Tuesday 20 June
  • August compilation – Round open Saturday 1 July | Deadline Thursday 20 July
  • September compilation – Round open Tuesday 1 August | Deadline Sunday 20 August
  • October compilation – Round open Friday 1 September | Deadline Wednesday 20 September
  • November compilation – Round open Sunday 1 October | Deadline Friday 20 October
  • December compilation – Round open Wednesday 1 November | Deadline Monday 20 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.'

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.

The next New Music Kids round will open on Thursday 9 February 2023.
Applications for the round will close on Thursday 23 February 2023 at 4pm.
Applications can be made at
https://newmusicsingles.nzonair.govt.nz

New Music Kids

  • Round open Thursday 9 February | Deadline Thursday 23 February, 4pm
  • Round open Thursday 20 July | Deadline Thursday 3 August, 4pm

Please note: the New Music Kids application period from 2023 onwards will be slightly shorter - applications will need to be submitted within two weeks of the round opening.

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.'

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 Music Pasifika

Funding of up to $10,000 is available for artists of Pacific background, for a single song - which can now include a $1,000 (10%) Artist Creation Fee.

NZ On Air will pay a maximum of $10,000 (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.

The next New Music Pasifika round will open on Thursday 20 April 2023.
Applications for the round will close on Thursday 11 May 2023 at 4pm.

Please see the guidelines below for more pārongo.

New Music Pasifika

  • Round open Thursday 20 April | Deadline Thursday 11 May, 4pm
  • Round open Thursday 28 September | Deadline Thursday 19 October, 4pm

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 funded artists

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 pārongo you'll need for the next step in the post-funding process and for information on how to promote your music.

Promoting Your Music

In today’s global music market, it’s becoming more and more challenging to get your music noticed. We want more great NZ music on radio and online platforms, enjoyed by more people.

Click below for more information on how we can assist you in promoting your music, resources on social media, and approaching New Zealand's local media platforms.

2023 Music Deadlines

Thursday 19 January  New Music Single*

Thursday 2 February  New Music Project

Thursday 23 February  New Music Kids*

Thursday 9 March - New Music Development

Thursday 30 March  New Music Single*

Thursday 27 April  New Music Project

Thursday 11 May – New Music Pasifika

Thursday 15 June  New Music Single*

Thursday 20 July New Music Project

Thursday 3 August - New Music Kids*

Thursday 17 August  New Music Single*

Thursday 31 August  New Music Development

Thursday 21 September New Music Project

Thursday 19 October New Music Pasifika

Thursday 26 October  New Music Single*

Thursday 9 November  Waiata Takitahi

The 20th of every month – NewTracks Monthly Compilation

*Please note: the New Music Single and New Music Kids application period from 2023 onwards will be slightly shorter - applications will need to be submitted within two weeks of the round opening.