Through our Music Grants Programme, you can apply for funding for your project if it falls within the criteria for the Music Grants programme as set by the Recorded Music Board.

Grants are available for projects as follows:

Educational projects such as workshops and seminars or events aimed at skills development for those involved in the NZ recorded music industry.

Archival/conservation projects which focus on the preservation of the NZ recorded music industry’s history, both current and older.

Charitable type projects that contribute to the vibrancy of the NZ music industry, and which don’t qualify for assistance from MusicHelps.

Through our Music Grants programme Recorded Music NZ supports the work of MusicHelps and you can find out more about the work it carries out at


There are several criteria that need to be met to be considered for a Music Grant.

1. A Specific non-commercial project

The help you are looking for has to be for a specific project.  For instance, you can’t apply for general overall funding, funding for recordings, videos, tour, marketing or anything related to the specific activities of individual recording artists.

If your application relates to composing or songwriting, the project may be more suitable for a grant from APRA AMCOS.  See information about their grants here:

2. Educational, archival/conservation or charitable

The project will need to be one of: educational, archival or charitable and must contribute positively to the wider NZ music industry.

3. NZ resident in recorded music industry

Applicants must be a NZ resident to apply and be either working in, or in some way related to, the recorded music industry.

In considering applications, the following factors will also be taken into account:

  • the extent to which the project is likely to benefit the Recorded Music Industry as a whole, or a broad range of members of that industry, as opposed to an individual or small group;
  • the extent to which the project has a focus on recorded music rather than songwriting and composition (which may be more appropriate for a grant from APRA AMCOS);
  • the extent to which the applicant can demonstrate a proven ability to plan and execute projects; and
  • the extent to which the conduct of the applicant, and the subject of the application, are consistent with Recorded Music’s reputation and values including as set out in the Recorded Music Code of Conduct and the Recorded Music Policy on Representation and Inclusion.


The maximum amount of any Music Grant is:

Individual Application: $2,500 per Grant
Group/Organisation Application: $5,000 per Grant

While the maximum figure is provided, we expect many projects may require a lower level of financial support.  Your application should outline your actual costs and the amount requested in your application should reflect this.

An individual or organisation can only make one application in each funding round, but you can apply in the next round for a different project.

Music Grants are for one-off payment only and not for periodical or recurring costs.


We have four funding/application rounds each year.

Deadline for Filing Applications                          Decision Notified By

31 March                                                                  30 April

30 June                                                                    31 July

30 September                                                          31 October

24 December                                                           31 January

You will either receive confirmation that your application was successful, or notice that we can’t help.


The application form below includes terms and conditions for music grants.  These include our expectation that recipients comply with the Recorded Music Code of Conduct and promote its values across the funded activities.  Recipients are also required to be aware of and comply with their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.  These obligations include measures to prevent the risks associated with sexual harassment, harassment and bullying.  See Worksafe managing health and safety and Worksafe sexual harassment – Advise for businesses.

You may invoice Recorded Music NZ for 50% of the approved amount with the remaining 50% to be paid on completion and receipt of cost report and summary of the approved grant. Any variation to this is subject to the discretion of Recorded Music NZ.  You may be requested to provide receipts or other supporting documentation showing that the Music Grant was applied in the way we approved.


We don’t require too much prescribed information – but the more detail you give us, especially relating to the criteria outlined above, the easier it will be for us to make a decision.

Music Grants Application Form

Complete the application form and email it to


Rochelle Stables
Member Services
DDI (09) 361 6839

Dean Cameron
Manager Member Services
DDI (09) 361 6836