Music Therapy New Zealand Grants & Scholarships

Music Therapy New Zealand has dedicated funds available to provide grants and scholarships for specific purposes.

These funds have been established with the support of generous donations.
Information about each of these is provided below.

The Project Grants Group (PGG) includes at least two members of Council and other nominated MThNZ members.  They manage the various Funds, accept applications and make recommendations on awards and grants to Council. 

The current Project Grants Group Chairperson is Rachel Austin, NZ RMTh and council member

Funding is available to enable music therapists to respond to community needs by contributing to new, and expanding existing, crisis intervention projects. 

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Funds MThNZ have awarded for music therapy development in 2022

Aotearoa Crisis Intervention Fund

Expressions of Interest are invited at any time from Registered Music Therapists who intend to facilitate a community-based crisis intervention project that addresses individual and group mental health and wellbeing needs, in response to regional and national traumatic events.
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Lindgren Project Fund

Provides financial assistance for study, research, and projects, which will promote the advancement of Music Therapy in New Zealand.
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McKenzie Music Therapy Hospice Fund

Provides support for qualified Music Therapists or groups for study, research, or projects, which will promote the use of Music Therapy in palliative care in New Zealand.
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Erika Schorss Publications Fund

Provides grants for scholarly publications relevant to Music Therapy practice and research.
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The Judith Clark Fund

This fund was established from a bequest by Judith Clark received in 2014. The fund is to support registered music therapists to attend and/or present about music therapy at national & international conferences, hui, and events. Emerging Practitioners are encouraged to apply.
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Ronnie’s Fund (Regional Projects)

Provides seed funding for regional Music Therapy projects throughout Aotearoa New Zealand that are sustainable and have a give back component (rather than one-off projects) to the provision and/or promotion of Music Therapy for New Zealanders in the regions.
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McKenzie Music Therapy Scholarship

Please visit McKenzie Music Therapy Scholarships, Te Kōkī New Zealand School for Music, Victoria University of Wellington for more information. Please contact the NZSM Scholarships co-ordinator directly for closing dates and guidelines specific to the McKenzie Music Therapy Scholarship.
McKenzie Scholarship

Application Process

Please read the funding guidelines before preparing your application; for any questions please contact the MThNZ Executive Officer

Apply online, or the project application forms can be downloaded and emailed or posted to MThNZ

Applications Open

1 April 2024 and 1 Sept 2024

Applications Close

1 May 2024 and 1 Oct 2024

PGG Meet

The Project Grants Group will meet and make a decision or ask for more information

May 2024 and October 2024

Council Decision

The reccommendations from the PGG will go to Council for final approval

Read More June 2024 and November 2024

Letters to Applicants

You will recieve a letter from the PGG stating wether you have been successful, more information may be required

July 2024 and December 2024

Payment will be made

On receipt of recieving your letter, the payment will be made by the 20th of that month

July 2024 and December 2024