The Arts Foundation

Springboard

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.

Meet the 2021 Springboard awardees kickstarting sustainable arts careers.

A programme in its second year, for the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi, Springboard programme 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.

See the Springboard selection criteria here.

2021 is our second year running this programme, with seven Springboard packages awarded, thanks to funding from our seven incredibly generous donors who helped make this happen.

Meet the 2021 Springboard awardees kickstarting sustainable arts careers