The Arts Foundation


Springboard aims to kickstart arts careers for artists at a formative stage of their career in Aotearoa, thanks to funding from our community and support from our business club and alumni of Laureates.

Nominations for Springboard 2021 are now closed. They closed Monday 14 December 2020 at 11:59pm.

A programme in its second year for the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi, Springboard aims to kickstart arts careers for up to six artists in Aotearoa every year. Recipients are gifted $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).

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 – giving them a lift of confidence to start a career.

See the Springboard selection criteria here.

2020 was our inaugural year, with six Springboard packages awarded, thanks to funding from the Edgar Family, the Todd Trust and some generous givers who attended the 2019 New Zealand Arts Ball.

Meet the 2020 Springboard awardees kickstarting sustainable arts careers