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Bounce Back from COVID-19

In a matter of days, we have seen the landscape of the arts in Aotearoa change dramatically.Thank you for your courage, kindness and inspiration which has shone out and made it clear that we can work through this together.With so much information flying around, we’re sifting through it and will regularly update this page to make it as simple as possible for you to know where to go and what to do.


Where to from here? 


Let’s bounce back

We’re trying to best understand the need for support and advocacy as we move into the 'new normal' together.Take a minute to reflect and answer these questions so we can launch into new creative resources and projects to get behind you. 

Bounce Back Survey


Where can I find financial support? 


A summary of CNZ and government support

Wage subsidy scheme | APPLY HERE

Developed to help businesses and affected workers in the short-term


You are eligible if:

  1. 1. You are a creative sector worker or employer who can demonstrate either a 30%+ decline in your average monthly revenue across the last 12 months, or can provide proof of cancellations of work amounting to a 30%+ decline in revenue
  2. 2. You are a self-employed creative sector worker whose primary source of income (working 20+ hours per week) is from your creative endeavours.

Tips to apply for the Wage Subsidy Scheme:

  • * Self-employed applicants should type ‘Sole Trader’ in the ‘NBN number’ field
  • * You don’t need a licence, permit, or qualification to apply
  • * The scheme seems to operate on a high level of trust – so make sure you’re able to prove your financial criteria for receiving the subsidy in due course.

More Wage Subsidy information


CNZ Emergency Response Package | NOT YET OPEN

Supporting the arts community who are suffering, to help them recover, maintain and develop their practice in a completely changed environment. Phase 1 is a $16M investment buffer and includes the following opportunities:

  1. 1. Arts Continuity Grant (up to $50k): Supporting the creation of new work or the reframing of an existing project including creative and professional development, promotion and distribution.
  2. 2. Emergency Relief Grant (up to $10k per individual): Supporting creative individuals who may be experiencing devastating loss of income and opportunity and an uncertain future, and who have applied for the announced government support.
  3. 3. Short-term relief for Investment Clients: Supporting existing investment clients and on top of existing funding, with priority given to those materially negatively impacted to help them stabilise their businesses and remain viable.

You are eligible if: TBA by CNZ in the coming


Government Economic Response Package |APPLY BELOW

Further government support may also be available for you if you:

More business support information


Waikato Community Funders Group | NOT YET OPEN

Supporting non-profit organisations who are working to support the wellbeing of people in the Waikato. Trust Waikato is co-ordinating this response.


You are eligible if: TBA

More Community Funders Group Support


What happens to my Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) grant?  

For those who have received funding and have now CANCELLED projects: Any unspent funds must be returned.

For those who have received funding and have now POSTPONED projects: If the project now falls outside the 12-month funding period your project has been granted an automatic extension.

For those who have APPLIED for the latest funding round: Applicants will be asked to submit a revised timeline for their project that is currently being considered by our assessors. If the new project timeline falls outside the 12-month period of funding (i.e. after March 2021), then the application may be moved to the August 2020 assessment round.


Our doors are closed, but we're not going anywhere.   

If you have any questions about the future and need a bit of support navigating the road ahead, flick us an email, find us on Facebook or Instagram, or head through to our website.

Creative New Zealand also has plenty of information for creatives on navigating what's next. With so much uncertainty, it's easy to become overwhelmed. We're in this with you and there are places like Mental Health NZ, MusicHelps, Changingminds, and Lifeline who can offer great support. Looking after your wellbeing is hugely important.

Kia kaha tatou

Contact info:

2020 Annual Short Story Award

NZ Writers College Competition

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Art & Faith Retreat

Mt Paku, Tairua: 14th to 16th Aug, 5pm to 2pm
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Austen Found

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Boosted Live

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Brendan Dooley Kids Magician

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Bubble Bites Series

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Central to the Soul

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Creatives in Schools

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Dave Rhodes Productions

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En Pointe Dance Studio

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Fabian Roberts

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Fantastic Flying Machines

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Freedom Painting Workshop

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Harcourts Foundation Grants

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Hula's Beats & Beans Sunday Sessions

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Kitchen Chaos! - Children's Magic Show

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Lawrence Arabia, Single

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Let's Dance

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Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition

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Offbeat Theatre Company

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The Daylight Atheist

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The Lost Spring Happy Hour

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Fri 3rd July 2020, 5:30pm

White Chapel Jak

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