Māori music

Te Māngai Pāho provides contestable funding for Māori music-related activities, primarily: recording of Waiata Reo Māori; Music Industry & Artist Support, and Waiata Takitahi.

Waiata Reo Māori

Waiata Reo Māori has been allocated an annual pūtea of $1,000,000 in 2021-22.

What gets funded

Funding is available for the recording and promotion (including aligned video assets) of waiata containing more than 50% Te Reo Māori, that are original and have not been released before.

Eligible costs: Mātanga Reo/Te Reo Consultant, studio time, studio engineer, music producer, music director, session musicians, mixing, mastering, video asset creation, publicist, campaign services. Other reasonable costs may be considered.

The funding round dates below are indicative only.

Funding round dates July 2021 - June 2022
Round
Deadline
Decisions
Round 1
closed
Thu 29 Jul 2021, 5PM
Fri 13 Aug 2021
Round 2
closed
Fri 17 Sep 2021, 5PM
Fri 15 Oct 2021
Round 3
Fri 18 Feb 2022, 5PM
Fri 11 Mar 2022
Round 4
Fri 15 Apr 2022, 5PM
Fri 13 May 2022

Waiata Takitahi

Waiata Takitahi is a co-fund launched in 2020 as a collaboration between Te Māngai Pāho and NZ On Air. It was the first time the two funding agencies have officially joined forces on a waiata funding initiative. The ambition for the fund is to enable the creation of brand new songs incorporating Te Reo Māori to target big audience platforms.

We are seeking applications from New Zealand artists who are interested in recording and releasing a bilingual single with potential general audience appeal and a minimum of 25% te reo Māori in the song lyrics. We are looking for songs that will target online and broadcast audiences and have the potential to find a home on mainstream playlists.

Artists can come from any background but the use of te reo Māori in the song will be expected to be overseen by a te reo Māori language consultant to ensure quality control and contextual relevance in the song. For applicants who are not in a position to confirm a language consultant before the application deadline, there will be an opportunity to be matched with a range of consultants via Te Māngai Pāho.

Funding of up to $14,000 (plus GST if registered) is available to put towards the costs of recording a single song, creating video content and other visual collateral, and putting resources towards promotion, publicity, and marketing for the single release. Funds can also be used to pay for the services of a te reo Māori language consultant.

The next round will open on Monday, 18 October 2021 and close on Thursday 11 November via the NZ on Air NewTracks portal.


More information on the Waiata Takitahi round are provided in the links below:

Waiata Takitahi Application Guidelines
Waiata Takitahi Criteria
FAQ Waiata Takitahi PDF

Funding round dates July 2021 - June 2022
Round
Deadline
Decisions
Waiata Takitahi
Thu 11 Nov 2021, 5PM
Fri 10 Dec 2021

Music Industry & Artist Support

The funding round dates below are indicative only, with more information to be posted in the next few weeks.

Funding round dates July 2021 - June 2022
Round
Deadline
Decisions
Music Industry Awards
closed
Fri 21 May 2021, 5PM
Fri 18 Jun 2021
Music Mentoring
closed
Fri 21 May 2021, 5PM
Fri 18 Jun 2021
Media Platform (Waiata Reo Māori Features)
closed
Fri 28 May 2021, 5PM
Fri 18 Jun 2021
Funding round dates July 2022 - June 2023

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