Latest Capability Grant Recipients Announced

November 5th 2021
The Capability Grants Programme is pleased to announce its next round of grant recipients.

A contestable fund from the NZ Music Commission, the Capability Grants Programme supports music industry upskilling, training and development opportunities. The Programme 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.

Music businesses, organisations, collectives and individuals can apply for up to $25,000 towards new initiatives, or building on existing initiatives, that support industry, technical and business capability in Aotearoa’s music sector. This includes upskilling projects, training and development opportunities, creating digital tools and resources, and promoting inclusivity, accessibility and wellbeing.

A total of 15 projects have successfully applied for funding in the Capability Grants Programme for 2022 so far, which will run until 30 June.

The grant recipients are:

Auckland City of Music for "Equaliser", a new workshop and networking initiative for female music and screen professionals.

Establish Music for "Access All Areas", a new initiative to develop and tailor existing coaching and mentoring services for music practitioners who identify as having a disability or impairment.

Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust to build on its programme of mentoring, workshops and gigs for high school musicians in Ōtepoti.

Famous Fish Music Ltd to create and implement music education training courses for NZ Early Learning professionals.

Anna Edgington to deliver two-day music production workshops in Auckland and Wellington for intermediate and professional level women and gender-diverse artists.

Hokianga Recording Studio to run workshops and provide hands-on recording studio experience for Northland’s young and emerging music practitioners.

Aston Road to deliver a Music Career Development Course for Wellington-based self-managing and independent artists.

Save Our Venues for the development of a multi-venue code of conduct and sexual harm prevention policies that will ensure a safer environment for audience members, performers and staff. 

Auckland Theatre Company for a new upskilling programme for emerging female, non-binary and trans musicians to learn about professional theatre sound design.

SquareSums&Co for a research project into Asian participation, engagement and representation in the NZ music sector.

Nelson Youth Music Colab for "COMMOTION”, a new weekend event of workshops, panel discussions and performances for local young musicians aged 13-20.

NZ Musician Magazine for a research and scope project into the development of an online one-stop, integrated NZ music promotion network.

Songbroker for upskilling and training in sync licensing and music royalties.

Papanui Youth Development Trust towards a Creative Pathways Development Programme for young people in Christchurch.

The Music Seeds to deliver a 26-week mindset and wellbeing programme for musicians.


A total 45 projects across Aotearoa have been supported since the Programme was established by the Music Commission in April 2021.

Applications for the next funding round will open on Wednesday 8 December, and close at 5pm on Wednesday 12 January 2022. 

More information on the Capability Grants Programme is available on the Artist Resources section of our website, or contact Nicola Edwards, Capability Manager at

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