10 Mar 2015

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Results of Creative New Zealands Music Review

During 2013 Creative New Zealand reviewed its funding priorities, programmes and initiatives for supporting New Zealand music. 

As a result of your comments and suggestions we are making changes to how we support music.  These are:

  • a new funding priority to encourage multiple performances of high-quality New Zealand music across all our grants and investment programmes
  • a change to how we support applications for music recording through our Quick Response and Arts Grants
  • a new key role in our Toi Tōtara Haemata (Arts Leadership) Investment Programme to help create more opportunities for high-quality New Zealand music to be played, performed and heard
  • an additional requirement to existing Toi Tōtara Haemata key roles of “providing high-quality engagement programmes for diverse communities, including youth”.

What’s the new funding priority?

From 1 January 2014 we will prioritise our funding of music to encourage more live performances of original New Zealand music.

This priority will apply across all our grants and investment programmes.  It is in addition to priorities of supporting activity that engages with young people or makes use of digital technology to make music or interact with audiences.

How have recording grants been changed?

From 1 January 2014 our support for recording grants will usually be for those attached to touring projects or promotional activity.  Applications will not have to be for full-length albums (60-70 minutes).

What’s the new key role in Toi Tōtara Haemata?

In February 2014 we will call for applications from organisations to provide ‘infrastructure support’ for New Zealand music.

This support will include:

  • helping performers, presenters and community-based music groups to source New Zealand music

  • creating opportunities for New Zealand composers to work with performers and community-based musicians and music groups

  • promoting the presentation of New Zealand music by performers, presenters and community-based music groups

  • creating opportunities for New Zealand composers and performers to interact with publishers and other agencies involved in licensing copyright of New Zealand music, for example to the film industry.

The Toi Tōtara Haemata programme supports financially sound, well-run organisations with multi-year funding.


Running in conjunction with our music review the Ministry for Culture and Heritage completed and published its review of New Zealand’s professional orchestra sector.

As a consequence we have adopted additional key roles for orchestras as part of Toi Tōtara Haemata.  These will be tendered in 2014 and new funding agreements will take effect in January 2015.

Want more information?

You can find more information about our findings and how we consulted with the music sector in our Music Review Final Report.