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Springboard - Funding and Mentorship



Wed 13 Nov 2019, 12:00 am


Fri 20 Dec 2019, 12:00 am


New Zealand


Dance, Choreography, Professional Development

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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. 

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