Capability Grants Programme Is Now Open

April 26th 2021
The Capability Grants Programme is a new contestable fund from the Music Commission to support music industry upskilling, training and development opportunities.

Applications open today for the Capability Grants Programme, which is part of the government’s NZ Music COVID Recovery Package, and the wider Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme being implemented by Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The Capability Grants Programme is to support the music sector by investing in industry, technical and business capability, so that New Zealand music practitioners have the tools to succeed in a post-COVID environment.


Capability Grants could be for upskilling projects, training and development opportunities, and digital tools and resources; and for initiatives which promote and encourage inclusiveness, accessibility, wellbeing and resilience. The minimum grant is $2,000 and the maximum is $25,000 for projects underway by 30 June 2021.


This Programme is open to contemporary popular focused music sector organisations, industry guilds, groups that represent Māori or Pasifika music practitioners, societies and associations, music businesses and collectives (including music education collectives). Applicants must be registered and operating in New Zealand.


To apply for a Capability Grant contact Nicola Edwards, Capability Manager at the Music Commission, to discuss your plans and gain access to the application portal.


For an overview of the Capability Grants Programme, click here.


For the Capability Grants Programme FAQ, click here.



For all enquiries, please contact Nicola Edwards, Capability Manager, Music Commission – / 09 3760115



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