Springboard - Nominations are now open!

Job details

The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi
20 Dec 2019
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies, Call for entries, Funding
Work classification
Education & Development, Other


A new programme for the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi, Springboard kickstarts arts careers for up to ten artists in Aotearoa every year. Recipients are awarded $15,000, alongside a partnership with a senior artist mentor from our alumni of Arts Foundation Laureates, Icons, New Generation, Residency or Fellowship recipients (we get by with a little help from our friends). 2020 marks our inaugural year, with six Springboard packages on offer. 

Mentors are remunerated with $5,000, and an additional $5,000 is dedicated toward running the selection process, travel expenses for mentor partnerships, and promotion/documentation of the partnership to show impact – bringing the total award value to $25,000. 

The selection process focuses on awarding creatives with outstanding potential who want to start careers in a variety of arts disciplines. The financial, mentoring and resource support system will be designed to have a significant impact on their growth and development as artists – and, specifically, give them a lift of confidence to start a career.

Thanks to funding from our Arts Foundation community, nominations are now open for six mentor packages kickstarting sustainable arts careers in 2020. Nominations close 11:59pm Friday the 20th of December 2019. 

The inaugural Springboard packages have been funded by the Edgar Family, the Todd Trust and some generous givers who attended the 2020 New Zealand Arts Ball. 

How to apply

Head on over to thearts.co.nz/awards/springboard to nominate you or someone else.

Springboard criteria:

  • The artist must show potential to develop a sustainable career and practise in the arts  
  • The award must have major impact on the artist to carry out working as an artist for a year
  • The artist could be in their final year of formal education ready to develop a practice after completion or have developed a practice independent of any formal teaching institution.
  • They will show potential to develop their careers either as independent artists or within a creative community.
  • The artist needs to show commitment and intent for a career
  • The artist must be endorsed by a nominator (who will act as referee if need be)
  • Attention will be given to diversity of gender, regional location and representation of a variety of artistic disciplines.
  • The artist must be a permanent resident of Aotearoa
  • The artist must be available to promote Springboard and the Arts Foundation. At least one of the artists selected has to be a visual artist (this is a request by funder, the Edgar Family)

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The Arts Foundation

13 Nov 2019