Carterton District Music Fellowship

Carterton District Music Fellowship 2020

New Zealand Pacific Studio Artist Residency Programme invites applications from creative practitioners working in music for the inaugural “Carterton District Music Fellowship” in Wairarapa, New Zealand.

Open to Aotearoa New Zealand-based artists only.

Emerging and established practitioners are welcomed to apply.

The three-week opportunity must be taken up before 30 Nov 2020. 

Application deadline: 1 August 2020, midnight, NZ time.

The Carterton District Music Fellowship provides:

- Time and space to devote to one’s creative practice

- 3 weeks accommodation (valued at $1260) with a host in Wairarapa

- Support to collaborate with local musicians / groups in Wairarapa

- Performance opportunity at Carterton Events Centre with local musicians, for which NZ Pacific Studio will hire venue / gear / sound system

- Project management support

Note: The Fellowship  is self-catering – artists provide for their own meals. Artists also arrange their own transportation to / from Wairarapa.



Founded in 2001, NZ Pacific Studio is an international residency programme that has welcomed hundreds of creative practitioners from around the world. It is a charity organisation and it is through donations/funding from the local Wairarapa community that we can offer Fellowship opportunities. Our Fellowships have related to poetry, writing, music, and war/peace/ANZAC issues, and have been in partnership with museums, councils, NGOs and philanthropists.

The Carterton District Music Fellowship 2020 is made possible with support from the Carterton District Creative Communities Scheme and the Cross Creek Blues Club (which disbanded in 2018) and comes with the mandate that the Fellow engage with residents of Carterton and nearby communities.

 Key skills

Commitment to one’s practice; ability to work independently; leadership skills; a desire to connect with a wider audience and community; demonstrated skills/experience in public outreach; open-mindedness; and friendliness to be able to engage with a range of people.


Selection will be based on the nature, strength, uniqueness and clarity of the proposed project, and the degree to which all parties would benefit: the creative practitioner, NZ Pacific Studio, and the Carterton community. 


Please e-mail your application, with the following, in one Word / PDF file, under 2mb

1. A short biography (under 200 words).

2. A description of your proposed performance, its objectives, its inspiration, and any specific requirements you may have (under 400 words)

3. A statement of how the Fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time (under 200 words)

4. A sample of your work – links to 3 works on such platforms as SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, Youtube.

5. The contact details of two Referees who will be contacted if you are shortlisted (Provide Name, Relationship to you, Email, Tel number)

**PLEASE assemble your entire application in ONE DOCUMENT eg Word or PDF document under 2MB total size.**

Send your application to: on or before 1 August 2020, midnight, NZ time.

The initial sponsors of the Music Fellowship were Dr Rob Maunsell and Keith Hunt.  

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