Music Fellowship

JAZZ / BLUES FELLOWSHIP (inaugural year, 2019)

New Zealand Pacific Studio is seeking applications from accomplished musicians in the blues/jazz genre for a 2-week fellowship, the inaugural Jazz/Blues Fellowship.  

This is an opportunity for a musician to work intensively on a project of their design.

The Fellow will be in residence for two weeks, before 1 December 2019 (and ideally between 15 October and 30 November 2019).

A condition of the Fellowship is to prepare for a performance, the proceeds of which will fund the next year’s fellowship.  Local musicians can be available as required for backing and your application should indicate your requirements for additional musicians and equipment.

The Fellowship is made possible through a donation from the winding up of the assets of the Cross Creek Blues Club. 

Application deadline: 1 August 2019

Apply  here.


The purpose of this Fellowship is to support the development of the musician and to enrich the community through a meet-the-public activity, such as a performance or workshop. Applicants can be at any stage of their creative ‘careers’. Selection is based on the nature and strength of an applicant’s project and the degree to which all parties would benefit.

Application period: TBC Funding is currently being sought.

Residency period: 2 weeks, dates flexible

Sponsors: The initial sponsors were Dr Rob Maunsell and Keith Hunt.  Funding is currently being sought.

2015 - Inaugural Fellow: Jona Byron, Musician and Filmmaker, Melbourne. During the fellowship, Byron composed five songs and performed at two house concerts in Masterton. One of his songs was part of the "Art is a Living thing" exhibition at Aratoi Museum in 2016. For more on Jona: Bandcamp and SoundCloud

2017 - Aldo Pinelli, musician, Argentina. During his Fellowship, Aldo performed at Aratoi Museum as part of the Kokomai Creative Festival. He also performed at the Block Party in Masterton. For more on Aldo Pinelli, visit his website