What we fund through Music Grants

We don’t use our music grants to fund individual songwriters or composers. Instead, we take a holistic approach to ensure we can support the greatest number of members and our community in general.

Music Grants are generally awarded within the following categories, applicants can seek funding from ONE of the following Grant categories:

Awards and Recognition To build confidence and creativity
  • Special Events
  • APRA Song Awards
  • APRA Tertiary Excellence Awards
Career Development To support the music community so it can develop skills, opportunities and business capacity for music creators
  • APRA AMCOS branded events such as Songwriter Speaks
  • Mentoring Projects
  • Craft Development workshops
  • Showcases
Industry Partners  To sustain and support our music industry
  • Key organisations
  • Small festivals
  • Major music organisation special projects
Core Funding 
(with APRA AMCOS pre-approval only - contact us to discuss)
To invest in key music organisations that support our members and their industry
  • Leading music organisations (excluding special projects)
  • Leading songwriting associations

Note that although the funding is intended to apply to projects or organisations seeking grants, consideration will be given to those projects for which underwriting finance is sought.

Guidelines on what we don't fund

  • Individuals or bands looking to write, record or tour
    Check out our Professional Development Awards if you’re looking for funding to support your personal development. It’s also worth investigating funding opportunities for individual and band projects through local council and government programs. 
  • Recording projects
    As an organisation focused on the creation of music, we prefer to invest in projects that emphasise the songwriting or composition process of a song, rather than the recording aspect. Recorded Music NZ also run a Music Grant program, check it out here.
  • Commissioning of new works
    Funding for the composition of commissioned works available through the Art Music Fund.
  • Projects focused on opera, musical theatre or ballet
    As we do not assign rights for these performance types, we do not fund them through the Music Grants program.
  • Competitions or music sharing/download sites without legal terms and conditions
    To ensure that our members’ rights and interests are protected and not infringed, we insist that terms and conditions are provided for projects featuring competitions. These will undergo a review by our legal team to ensure they do not contradict our assignment of rights.

    We also need to ensure that any music sharing/download websites comply with licensing obligations, and do not detract from the rights of music creators or users.

If you have questions about whether your project is eligible for funding, please contact us: grants@apra.co.nz

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