News and Updates

COVID-19 INDUSTRY UPDATE: Boost to the 'Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme' (ACESS)

02 February 2022

The Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme will be boosted by $70.7 million – giving arts and cultural sector event organisers support to deliver planned events right through to the end of January 2023. Key eligibility criteria have also been extended and consideration is being given to how new events can be supported in the latter half of 2022. View the criteria for the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme here.

The Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund

The Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund has been provided an additional $35.5 million to help more organisations and individuals access critical financial support. 

A key aspect of this is an easy to apply for one-off $5000 grant to self-employed or sole trader practitioners who can show proof of practice as a cultural sector practitioner and show proof of a loss of income or opportunity. 

The total amount an organisation can receive has also increased from $100,000 to $300,000 per application.

Other support from Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage
The Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme also offers other avenues of support for those in the cultural sector, please see

Other Financial Support

  • Events Transition Support Payment (ETSP)

Currently the ETSP requires applicants to only apply within four weeks of their event dates. We have asked MBIE, who manage the ETSP, to review this trigger for payment to allow events organisers to cancel their events sooner (given the likelihood of the red setting continuing for some time) rather than have unrecoverable costs escalating further to the four week mark. We are waiting to hear back on this urgent request. In the meantime please access all information about the ETSP here:

  • Current financial support for businesses
We are yet to understand from MBIE what sector-specific support is going to be in place going forward for events professionals not eligible  for the ETSP or ACESS funds. 

Defined spaces at the Red setting

Further to our last Industry Update, we have been seeking clarification from DPMC on 'defined spaces' under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) particularly around indoor venues and the impact of airflow - we will update our CPF Q&A spreadsheet as this is clarified. 

Log your cancelled or postponed events

Please log your cancelled or postponed events with our centralised register here. This information will assist us with our advocacy work on behalf of our sector. 

Kia kaha, 
Ségolène de Fontenay
General Manager, NZEA