New Zealand/Aotearoa Music Scholarships

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What does the scholarship get me?

$16,000 or less

Closing dates for applications

Next: 26 February 2021

28 Feb 20

Length of award

One year.
The scholarships are awarded for study at a recognised New Zealand or overseas tertiary institution.
They can be used toward fees, travel, accommodation and/or living expenses.

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

To enable young musicians to undertake study or to gain further musical experience at a tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas.

Selection criteria

You must:
have completed as a minimum a university degree, a diploma, and/or LTCL or LRSM qualification related to your proposed musical studies
be a New Zealand citizen or resident
preferably be under 25.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

If you are successful, we will contact you about:
your funding agreement
payment schedule
reporting requirements.

How do students apply?

How to apply
To apply:
Start your application online (you may need to register first).
Gather support material.
Prepare a budget using our budget template.
Submit your application online by 5pm on the closing date.
Log in or register to apply online.
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Ten weeks after the closing date, we will email the result of your application.

At the same time we also list succcessful applicants on the who got funded web page.

Decision makers

Applications are assessed by Creative New Zealand staff and external peer assessors. Pasifika or Māori artists and practitioners are involved in assessing Pacific and Māori arts applications.

History or background of award

This scholarship was established in 2011 with interest from the estate of the late Mr Brent Lewis.

Additional information

On completion
You will need to complete a Project Completion Report (doc 266KB) within 12 months of completing study.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Ariana Odermatt
Programme Administrator
Creative New Zealand
PO Box 3806 Wellington, 6140
(04) 498 0740


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in November 2020.