Covid-19 - kia kaha, we're here for you

With last night's news of community transmission again of Covid-19 and the heightened alert levels we know there will be concerns, particularly in Auckland where this will be impacting current productions, and live music gigs again.

We wish to assure the production community that we have prepared for this possibility.

If your production is impacted, please check our responding to Covid-19 page in the first instance. Please also contact your primary platform and NZ On Air staff to let us know about your short-term production plan changes. If your funded music delivery will be impacted please contact us to let us know.

NZ On Air will be willing to adjust your drawdown amounts in order to resolve your cashflow issues. If you believe you require additional investment in order to deliver your funded content, we do have funding reserved for this use.

We want to be clear that you must have exhausted other options, such as insurance and contingency, and be able to clearly identify both the additional costs and the detrimental impact on the content. We have a set of criteria we will apply which you can read here.

Please email your application to We will attempt to process as quickly as possible, but please allow up to three weeks for a decision.

September round overview

Our September funding round has now closed - this round is primarily for production applications intended to reflect and/or appeal to targeted audiences.

Our funding team is now busy assessing 209 submissions including:

  • 74 Scripted and Factual productions
  • 8 Development applications
  • 72 HEIHEI production and games applications
  • 8 Industry Development Fund applications
  • 15 New Music Projects
  • 32 New Music Kids Projects

Thank you to everyone who submitted applications to this round. Applicants should expect to be notified from the 30th of September.

Updated Standard Funding Agreement (Production Contract)

In the coming weeks NZ On Air will start issuing an updated Production Contract (as we had advised we would in previous newsletters). We are currently in the late stages of consultation with producers (via SPADA) and some platforms.

The updates to the contract are generally small but if you wish to have the opportunity to be consulted on the changes to our terms and conditions please contact before August 20th.

New faces at NZ On Air

NZ On Air is delighted to welcome two new hires to our team!

Sylvia Betham joins NZ On Air as our new Music Contracts & Administration Assistant, bringing to the office 10 years of administration and customer service experience and a passion for New Zealand music.

Luke Campbell is our new Assistant Accountant. Born and bred in Taranaki, Luke has recently completed a Master’s in Professional Accounting at Victoria University and was a volunteer paramedic for St John in Auckland for four years – so is a great addition to our Health and Safety team!

Doc Edge

Doc Edge

The Rei Foundation and Doc Edge Film Fund is now accepting submissions from New Zealand and international filmmakers.

The Fund is a significant opportunity for filmmakers to make a short documentary film for a youth audience. Up to NZD80,000 (approx. USD50,000) is available to support the production of up to four short documentaries over the next year.

From its first round in 2019, the Fund supported James Muir's A Broken Earth, Jess Feast's Rise, and Morgan Leary's We Rock, all of which premiered in the 2020 Doc Edge Festival.

The Fund accepts applications from filmmakers around the world until 31 August (NZ date). Info and application forms are here.

SCGNZ & SOUNZ presents: Composing For Prime Time TV


SCGNZ & SOUNZ are proud to present two top Kiwi film composers for a discussion about their work on The Luminaries and Mystic television series.

David Long (composer) and Stephen Gallagher (composer, music editor) will provide insights into both composing for a series together, and their individual composing and editing roles.

There will also be audio/visual studio presentations together with opportunities for questions from our audience.

Join SCGNZ & SOUNZ at Park Road Post at 6.30pm on August 20 to find out the processes, the dilemmas and delights, the technical and artistic skills required to survive in the high pressure world of prime time TV.

This workshop is free to members of the Screen Composers Guild, SOUNZ & APRA and is also open to other guilds and interested parties - but numbers are limited.

RSVPs are essential -

Read more about the event here.

Please note: Any updates/ changes to the event due to Covid-19 will be announced via SOUNZ’s social media platforms and posted on the event listing here: If you have RSVP'd, SOUNZ will be in touch directly if the workshop is postponed or cancelled.