The FAME Awards

The 2024 nominations are now closed for The FAME Mid-Career Awards – in partnership with The FAME Trust (Fund for Acting and Musical Endeavours) and the Acorn Foundation*.

The awards are to support the advancement and recognition of established and highly productive, inspirational NZ industry professionals, across three creative disciplines – Contemporary Dance, Classical Music and Theatre.

The FAME Mid-Career Awards will provide for three established and inspiring mid-career artists** and two awards for Production, Design and Technical professionals. Each award has a value of $15,000.

The prize money is to be used at the discretion of the award-winners. In previous years recipients have utilised the money to support activities such as touring overseas or within Aotearoa, collaborating with other arts organisations, and carrying out further study or development. As one of the largest prize grants made available to the performing arts community, it is a privilege to facilitate these awards – made possible by the generosity of private philanthropic donors who make up The FAME Trust.

Read about the 2023 winners here.

Nomination Details

APPLICATIONS CLOSED: 5pm Friday 12 April 2024

Nominees notified of outcome: End of April 2024


We accept nominations for:

  • Contemporary Dance: dancers, choreographers, producers, kapa haka performers
  • Classical Music: composers, producers, conductors, instrumentalists, taonga puoro
  • Theatre: actors, directors, playwrights
  • Technicians/Production/Design professionals – lighting designers, theatre technicians, costume designers, sound and set designers

Each nomination is assessed across the following criteria:

  1. Meet the criteria of being a professional mid-career artist, who works in the industry full time as a professional. i.e. this is your career.
  2. Demonstrated Excellence
  3. Audience response to work (this criteria does not apply to the Technical Awards)
  4. Innovation in their field
  5. Engaged in other Industry mahi (i.e. mentors, supports others in the industry, creates pathways for others etc)
  6. Awareness and Advocacy (i.e. an industry community leader/supporter in addressing industry issues)

All nominations are reviewed by a diverse industry panel (7 people), who have expertise in the disciplines. Nominations are independently assessed and the panel comes together to discuss the rankings and bring further discussion and a consensus is reached as to who the successful nominees will be. For any questions about or further information on the award please email

*Founded in 2007, The FAME Trust has long provided support for young and mid-career artists, plus funded national organisations like the NZSO, Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School and the NZ School of Dance, and local Tauranga groups such as Opus Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic and BOP Symphonia. The FAME Trust has partnered with the Acorn Foundation to manage these awards. The Acorn Foundation is a community foundation based in the Western Bay of Plenty, which encourages people to leave a gift in their wills and/or their lifetimes to support their local community forever. Since it was established in 2003, Acorn has distributed over $13 million. ** Mid-career is determined through evidence of working professionally in the industry for a minimum of ten years and are recognised by industry peers as producing work of a high calibre. It is not determined by age, but at what point you are in your career.