Aotearoa Touring Programme Round Two Recepients
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 second round of grant recipients for the programme, November 2020.
Twenty grants were confirmed this round:
Adam Hattaway and The Haunters for a 9 date national tour, in both the North and South islands, in support of the third album, ‘Woolston, Texas’.
Anna Coddington for a 7 date tour of Aotearoa in support of new album ‘Beams’.
Andrew Fagan & The People for a 6 date North Island tour in support of the release of the third album ‘Act Normal’.
Arthur Ahbez for a 8 date tour of the central North Island in early 2021.
Catherine Tunks and Band for a 10 date tour primarily focussed on South Island towns, with a collaboration band featuring Kara Gordon, Michael Barker, Krissy Jackson, Alex Griffith and Gavin Dowling.
Chelsea Jade for a summer New Zealand album release tour with very special guest Deryk, plus performing at 4 festivals.
ELEMENO P for a summer Aotearoa tour of the North & South Islands with 14 gigs at iconic venes.
Emma Dilemma for a national live debut 6 date tour of the North & South Islands supporting Villainy.
Estère for an 11 date tour in the North & South Islands in mid-February/early March, in support of the release of Estère’s album ‘Archetypes’.
Guardian Singles for a extensive national tour of the North and South Islands, in support of the second pressising of their debut LP and release of a third single.
Knights of the DUB Table for a summer tour in support of new single ‘Jungle DNB Theme’.
Males for a 8 date tour across both North and South islands, including regional dates, in support of a split double A-side single.
Marlin’s Dreaming towards tour costs for their inclusion on The Beach Ball summer tour with Daffodils and Soaked Oats.
Mermaidens for a 7 date tour of Aotearoa to promote Mermaidens new single ‘Soft Energy’.
O & The Mo for a 12 date nationwide tour in support of their debut album ‘In Transit’.
PIPSY for a 8 date tour of the North & South island, promoting ‘The Hopeful Sounds’.
Raw Collective for a 7 date tour of Aotearoa to promote a new album release.
Russian Blue for a 4 date tour of the lower South Island in support of their debut EP.
Sam Bartells for a 6 date tour of the North Island to extend the EP release tour from October.
TEEKS for the six show ‘The Invitation Tour’, travelling to unique venues and churches in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Tauraga and TEEK’s hometown Hokianga.
Five grants were confirmed this round:
Beastwars for a 4 date New Zealand tour celebrating the ten year anniversary of their debut album and 7” vinyl release of two un-released songs.
Mako Road for a 5 date tour of the North & South Island in support of debut album ‘Strange Days’.
Marlon Williams for a ‘Evening With Marlon Williams’, a 26 date tour of North & South islands, where all shows are all ages.
The Veils for a 9 date tour of Aotoearoa performing their album Nux Vomica in it’s entirety as well as a selection of their greatest songs.
Villainy for a 6 date tour of the North and South island in support of latest EP ‘Begger’. The tour was originally planned for mid-2020 but postponed due to COVID.
Applications for the next round of Aotearoa Touring Programme close at 5:00pm on Wednesday 27 January.
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.
Click here for more information about the Aotearoa Touring Programme.
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