Music Fellowship


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.

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. 


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.

2017 Music Fellow - Aldo Pinelli, from Argentina, is an award-winning singer and composer who has released six albums. He studied music at Conservatorio H. Costa, and psychology at Universidad Argentina John F. Kennedy in Buenos Aires.

During his Fellowship, he performed at the 2017 Kokomai Creative Festival and at the BLOCK PARTY - both concerts were held at Aratoi Museum. He also worked on his composition, 'Night Forest'.

2015 - Inaugural Music Fellow - Jona Byron, from Australia.  A musician and filmmaker based in Melbourne, during his 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