COVID-19 Delta Relief Package – Expanded Support for Aotearoa Touring Programme Recipients

October 1st 2021
Extra assistance is being made available for Aotearoa Touring Programme supported shows which have been cancelled or postponed since 17 August. This is part of the Music Commission’s work to support the Manatū Taonga COVID-19 Delta Relief Funding package announced by Minister Sepuloni earlier this week.

The music community across Aotearoa has been severely impacted by the current COVID Delta outbreak, particularly in live music with hundreds of performances cancelled or postponed.


Between the NZ artists participating in the Aoteroa Touring Programme there are up to 190 shows potentially affected by the recent Alert Level shifts. These shows were scheduled to happen across 38 different towns and cities around NZ.


The Aotearoa Touring Programme is a contestable matched investment initiative, where artists who perform original NZ music can apply for 50% of approved domestic touring costs. The purpose of the programme is to enable more NZ artists to grow sustainable careers and increase the access to live music for NZ audiences. The Aotearoa Touring Programme is intended to reinvigorate the live music sector and assist in the recovery from the effects of COVID-19 in the domestic touring market.


As part of the COVID-19 Delta Relief support, Aotearoa Touring Programme Tier1 and Tier 2 recipients will be able to claim 100% of approved eligible costs which were incurred for shows between 17 August and 3 October 2021 – for example marketing costs or deposits for shows which could not go ahead in that time period. Only costs included in the original approved budgets will be eligible, and will follow the usual process of supplying invoices for the claims.


All Aotearoa Touring Programme recipients affected in the 17 August to 3 October 2021 time period will be contacted by the Programme team directly from Tuesday 5 October.


The next round of the Aotearoa Touring Programme closes on Wednesday 24 November. More information on the Programme is available here.


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