Become an approved arts and music festival

To become an ‘approved’ arts or music festival, festival organisers must submit a proposal to Immigration New Zealand demonstrating that they meet the following requirements.

What you need to do

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Written proposal

Provide a proposal and brief biography about the festival

Include information requested in the other requirements below.

Established festival

Provide evidence your festival has been established for at least 3 years

Examples of evidence:

  • letters of support from local council, Creative New Zealand, New Zealand Music Commission
  • trust registration documents
  • council permits
  • event brochures
  • advertising
  • press cuttings
  • ticket sales (if applicable)
  • list of invited international performers/acts over previous three years.

Immigration New Zealand may consult with relevant organisations including the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Creative New Zealand, and the Music Commission.

Number of participants

Provide evidence you intend to bring in at least 10 international performers and immediate support staff

Examples of evidence can include:

  • letters of invitation
  • future festival planning documents
  • website links to information about previous festivals
  • details of the festivals previous international participants.

Immigration New Zealand may consult with relevant organisations including the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Creative New Zealand, and the Music Commission.

How to apply

Immigration costs

Application cost

There is no application cost for this employer option.

Timeframes

Processing

within 28 days

Most applications are currently completed within this time.

1

Submit proposal

Your written proposal should be scanned and emailed to us at:

festivalsandpromoters@mbie.govt.nz

2

Wait for a decision

When we assess your proposal We look at all the information you have provided from the criteria above.

We may ask you for more information, if It is needed to make a decision about your proposal.

If granted, approval will be valid for 4 years. INZ will revoke a festivals approval where it considers that promoter’s conduct has created an unacceptable risk to the integrity of New Zealand's immigration or employment laws or policies.

3

Support a visitor visa application

Once you have been granted approval you need to support your performers and immediate support staff visa applications by providing applicants with a letter of support.

We process their visa applications as soon as we can.

4

Performers & immediate support staff apply for visitor visas

Your performer and immediate support staff will need to complete a ‘Visitor Visa’ application unless they are from a visa waiver country in which case they may be granted a visitor visa and entry permission on arrival.

Visa waiver countries and territories

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