Creative NZ Emergency Response Funding

14 Apr 2020 - 30 Jun 2020

We’ve just opened our first phase Emergency Response Package, a $16 million investment to be distributed to the arts sector through to 30 June 2020 (the end of Creative New Zealand’s financial year).


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Applications are now open for our Resilience Grants, the two grants we’ve created to help artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations (including groups and collectives) impacted by COVID-19 as part of our Emergency Response Package.Interested in applying? Please read this email carefully, and click on all of the links relevant to you.If you're an investment client, you will have received separate panui about the Short-term Relief for Investment Clients and how to apply.


Arts Continuity Grant 2020

This grant supports short-term arts projects by artists and arts organisations (including groups and collectives) that can be delivered within a changed and evolving environment as a result of COVID-19.Applications will be assessed as they are received, and decisions made on a rolling basis (within three weeks from the application being submitted, and sooner if possible). The opportunity is open for approximately nine weeks, until 1pm on 18 June.Apply through Creative New Zealand’s funding portal.

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Emergency Relief Grant 2020

A contribution towards loss of income as a result of COVID-19, this grant provides temporary relief for independent artists and arts practitioners, who may be part of arts organisations (including groups and collectives), have received Government support (COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy) and who meet our eligibility criteria.Applications will be assessed as they are received, and decisions made on a rolling basis (within five working days from the application being submitted).Apply by email.

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Please first read through the online information which should answer any questions you might have. We've pulled together a list of Frequently Asked Questions which include answers about making an application to our Emergency Response Package. 

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We will be adding a link to each update below so check in with our webpage to keep on top of all information coming through

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Bubble Bites Series Launch

Bubble Bites - a series of short performance by artists from The Coromandel

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 1

Featuring Lance & Ava Strong (from Crimson Coast), Howard Saunders, Alan & Julia Rhodes and exclusive new release by Lets Go Descarrego!
23rd April 2020, 5:30pm

Austen Found

Penny Ashton and Lori Dungey, aka Miss Patchybottom and Miss Gingerbottom, have prepared some videos to keep you all tittering in your manor houses.

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 2

Featuring Gemma Louden, Pete Delete and Andy Santos
30th April 2020, 5:30pm

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 3

Featuring Let's Go Descarrego!, Fabian Roberts, Yvette Audain & Deborah Hide-Bayne.
7th May 2020, 5:30pm

Brendan Dooley Kids Magician

Brendan Dooley - five short magic workshops.

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 4

Featuring Soul Sax Plus, Sharyn Morcom, Jerry Thoma and Sarah Morcom.
14th May 2020, 5:30pm

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 5

Featuring RELAPSE Band, Katarina Lee & Retrowhiti.
21st May 2020, 5:30pm

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 6

Featuring Chance Taiaroa Wiari Haddon, Stewart Pedley and Vegas Brown.
28th May 2020, 5:30pm

Central to the Soul

A gentle story of Central Otago, the touring artists, the halls and heroes, that host them.