Aotearoa Touring Programme Round One Grants Announced

November 16th 2020
The Aotearoa Touring Programme invests in approved domestic touring costs, to enable more NZ artists to grow sustainable careers and increase the access to live music for NZ audiences. The Aotearoa Touring Programme is a contestable fund intended to reinvigorate the live music sector and assist in the recovery from the effects of COVID-19 in the domestic touring market.

As one of the initiatives in the Government’s New Zealand Music Recovery Fund, the Aotearoa Touring Programme is part of the Manatū Taonga Ministry of Culture & Heritage led Arts & Culture COVID Recovery Programme, which is focused on the recovery, regeneration and revitalisation of the cultural sector.

The Programme is run by the NZ Music Commission to grow the potential for original New Zealand artists touring across Aotearoa and enable more New Zealanders to experience live, local music. It is a matched investment programme (i.e. the Programme will match your investment), so applicants can apply for 50% of the eligible costs for undertaking national tours across two Tiers. The different Tiers have a maximum limit for each grant.

The Aotearoa Touring Programme is pleased to announce the first round of grant recipients for the programme, October 2020. Please note, for the first two rounds of the Programme applications for tours which were announced but had not commenced were accepted.  From February 2021 applications must be made in advance.

Twenty Tier 1 Aotearoa Touring Programme grants were confirmed this round:


Ben Woods for a 9 date tour across Aotearoa, in support of the release two new releases, and in anticipation of a new album.


Bic Runga for a 6 date tour of the North Island to test songs from Bic's upcoming album, and perform songs recently translated into te reo Māori.


Delaney Davidson for a small regional tour of the South Island including shows in Queenstown, Twizel, Port Chalmers and Stewart Island.


Die! Die! Die! for a 6 date tour of New Zealand celebrating the 7” release of 'I Seek Misery' & '450'.


Earth Tongue for an 8 date tour of Aotearoa including shows in Raglan, Tauranga and Oamaru.


Emily C. Browning & Jack Page for an 8 date tour including shows in Leigh, Picton, Nelson and Akaroa, performing recent releases.


Finn Andrews  for a 6 date tour, the second in support of debut solo album 'One Piece at a Time'.


Glass Vaults for a 4 date tour of Aotearoa to promote album 'Sounds That Sound Like Music'.


Ha! the Unclear for a 7 date tour including shows in Leigh, Mt Maunganui and Whanganui in support of new single 'Strangers'.


Jazmine Mary + Finn Johansson for a double headline tour of the South Island in support of a Jazmine Mary single to be released with Finn Johansson.


Juno Is for a  6 date tour supporting the release of the recent Juno Is EP 'Creature Of Habit' including shows in Wanaka, Nelson and Queenstown.


Jupiter Project for a 5 date tour, Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin in support of their debut album ‘Starlight’.


Lawrence Arabia for a 8 date North Island tour with Lawrence Arabia performing solo, and on piano. 


Mia Jay for a 5 date tour of North and South Island in support of her upcoming EP, 'Stalled On A Highway'.


Oscar LaDell & Hoot for a 15 date tour of the South Island supporting the recent album ‘Love & Revolution’.


Reb Fountain for a 13 date New Zealand tour in support of the release of Reb Fountain's self-titled album.


Soaked Oats for a 11 date tour of Aotearoa to road test material from their debut album to be released in 2021.


The DeSotos  for a 6 date tour of lower North Island & upper South Island.


Threat.Meet.Protocol for a 14 date tour to support the release of their 'The Witch Trials' 7".


Wax Mustang for a 5 date headline tour visiting Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, and two shows in Auckland.



Six Tier 2 Aotearoa Touring Programme grants were confirmed this round:

Alien Weaponry for a 6 date tour of North and South islands, including an all-ages show.


Katchafire for a 3 date tour where Katchafire will return to old venues to showcase new music the band has been working on over COVID-19.


Th' Dudes for a 12 date tour of North and South islands where all shows are all-ages.  This tour was re-scheduled from April 2020 and was already on sale pre-COVID lockdown


The Phoenix Foundation for an 8 date tour of the North and South Island in support of 7th studio album 'Friend Ship'.


Troy Kingi for a 3 date tour in the North Island in October.


Shapeshifter for a 3 date tour of provincial NZ outside of the summer festival circuit to get the band, crew and staff underway in the industry after COVID.



Applications for the next round of Aotearoa Touring Programme close at 5:00pm on Tuesday 24th November.

About the Purpose and Criteria of the Aotearoa Touring Programme

The overarching goal of the Aotearoa Touring Programme is to increase national touring activity by New Zealand musicians performing original, live New Zealand music.

The objectives of the Programme are to:

  • Maximise the New Zealand live music industry’s economic recovery from COVID-19
  • Create skill development opportunities in live music performance and touring to strengthen and grow the New Zealand live music industry
  • Support New Zealand artists to grow viable and sustainable careers
  • Promote more opportunities for audiences across New Zealand to access original, live New Zealand music.


Applications to the Aotearoa Touring Programme will be limited to:

1.     Businesses or individuals that are registered in New Zealand, physically located in New Zealand, and

employing individuals who are working legally in New Zealand.

2.     New Zealand artists performing original New Zealand music. For the definition of ‘New Zealander’ and

‘original New Zealand music’.

3.     Tours that comprise at least three venues or locations outside of the performer’s home town.


Applicants also need to fulfil the following criteria:

·       Be financially viable to the extent that they can demonstrate how they can finance at least 50% of the cost

of the touring project.

·       Be able to demonstrate they have the capacity and capability (including financial, business planning and

delivery support) to undertake the touring project.

·       Are not crown entities, government departments or their agencies. This includes any organisation that receives baseline funding from Creative New Zealand’s Toi Tōtara or Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes.





More information on the programme can be obtained by contacting Emily Crowther at the NZ Music Commission on (09) 376 0115, or by emailing

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Artist photos are available upon request.

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