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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 generous community of arts backers.


Do you know an artist ready to take the plunge and dive into a full-time creative career? Nominations for our 2024 Springboard programme are open now, closing Friday 15 December 2023. 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:

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 2023 Springboard recipients


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My nominee

Tell us about your nominee for Springboard 2024.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to make this nomination!

Please note – from here, an independent selection panel will review all nominations and ultimately select our Springboard class of ’24. We will contact all nominators in mid-April to let you know the outcome of your nomination. From there, be sure to keep an eye out for our Springboard announcement in 2024! To stay in the loop with Springboard (and other news and updates for the arts), sign up for our emails (we don’t do spam!).

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