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Springboard aims to kickstart arts careers for artists at a formative stage of their career in Aotearoa, thanks to funding from our generous community of arts backers.

Nominations for our 2024 Springboard programme are now closed. If you'd like to stay in the loop about Springboard, sign up to our email list here.

2024 will mark the the fifth year of The Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Springboard programme, which aims to kickstart arts careers for up to seven 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 (and if we can’t find the right match, we sometimes venture out).

Mentors are remunerated with $5,000, and an additional budget 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.

The Arts Foundation Springboard packages have been funded thanks to the generous support of:

Dr. Fiona Pardington and Starkwhite, The Edgar Family, the Todd Trust, Abby McCormick O’Neil and D. Carroll Joynes, Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, Brad Spence and Holly Erskine, Jamie and Ann Selkirk, Philip Carter, the Leighs Family and some generous Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi supporters.

Meet the 2024 Springboard recipients