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Backing artists to make their mark, the Arts Foundation was established in 1998 to honour extraordinary New Zealand artists.

By the close of 2018, our generous community had gifted 205 artists with awards totalling $6 million. Award recipients include writers, choreographers, screen artists, visual artists, theatre practitioners and musicians.

In 2013 we launched Boosted, New Zealand’s art crowdfunding platform. Boosted crowdfunding campaigns have an 85% success rate for its artists, and the platform has raised over $5 million for art projects since its launch.

In 2019 the Foundation sets out to rally a nationwide community backing artists to make their mark. This year we’re launching New Zealand Arts Month, the Arts Ball, and Springboard, four funded opportunities for talented young artists needing a springboard to a career in the arts. It’s a new ambitious era for the Foundation, and we want you right there with us.

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