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Great at your creative mahi but haven’t made it work as a fulfilling career yet? Remove what’s in your way by getting the extra skills you need to take the next step in lining up a solid career in the arts.

What is ELEVATE?

Supported by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), ELEVATE is a free 9-month programme delivered by Creative Waikato, that helps and supports Waikato creative practitioners into achievable, financially viable, and sustainable creative careers.

Through weekly skill building workshops, and expert one-on-one support from the people who get it, ELEVATE develops those extra skills, knowledge and resources that help you carve a realistic pathway toward your career goals.

Is ELEVATE for me?

Freshly graduated or at it for years, there’s no discrimination here. Whatever background, ELEVATE warmly welcomes anyone open and willing to put in the mahi, and chase after their freelance, part/full time, or self-employment goals.

Available to: Visual performing arts, craft & object, literature & writing, theatre, fringe, dance, film, television, media, music and production, Nga toi Māori, Pasifika, community and cultural arts, as well as education, commercial arts, tattooing, illustration, architecture, design, production, editing, direction and management etc….if what you do is something you could do in the creative industry – it’s eligible for ELEVATE.

If you:

  • Are a creatively driven human being who’s committed to working hard.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to your creative practice and have been actively creating/sharing work.
  • Have industry experience, or a tertiary qualification.
  • Are aged between 18-64 yrs
  • Are Waikato based

And you:

  • Are excited at the thought of a creative career
  • May have lost work due to Covid-19
  • Are looking to develop powerful skills for your future


Strap in for some big career wins, ELEVATE is for you!

Once you’ve applied, our Creative Development team will be in touch to run you through a suitability interview, and if you fit the bill you’ll be set for the next bit.

If you’re not sure whether what you do fits under ‘creative practice’ – apply anyway and we’ll let you know. 

What’s expected
during ELEVATE?

Time, effort and self-motivation as you actively work toward achieving your goals with individually focused guidance from Creative Development mentors. It’s fully funded and there are zero fees, so you’ve got nothing to lose.

Over 9 months you’ll:

  • Attend one full day of workshops per week over 14 weeks
  • Meet with an advisor once a month
  • Develop goals and personal development plans with the cool and clued up team of creative development experts
  • Have the opportunity to form networks, gain feedback, promote your mahi, and share your journey with a like-minded group of creatives also on the programme.

When and how
can I apply?

Supported by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD)

The next cohort of ELEVATE online workshops start Wednesday 3rd August and is the FINAL SERIES in the Creative Careers pilot programme.

Applications close Wednesday 27th July.

To apply, follow the link below and fill in the application form. Everything we need from you to start the journey is right there.

Working in the arts can be the most interesting, satisfying and exciting thing you could do with your life.

A fulfilling, financially viable and, dare we say, elevated career could be just within your reach.

Take the next step….

Applications currently closed

Supported by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD)