The Performing Arts Network of New Zealand (PANNZ) supports the New Zealand professional performing arts sector. Its core objectives are to promote and encourage a sustainable performing arts touring network, and to facilitate and develop communications networks within the professional performing arts community. Activity includes running the annual PANNZ Arts Market & Tour-Makers National Touring Agency.
The PANNZ Arts Market was originally launched in 1999, in partnership with EVANZ (Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand). EVANZ formally ceded their involvement in the Market in 2006 but remain close associates of PANNZ and continue to hold a seat on the PANNZ Executive.
The Arts Market is the sole marketplace for performing arts in NZ and has grown from a one day market featuring 11 works to a three day event featuring more than 50 works. It is now one of the most important industry events on the New Zealand calendar.
In 2014 PANNZ was awarded the Creative New Zealand Touring Agency funding to deliver medium to large-scale regional and national tours of contemporary Theatre, Dance and Music throughout New Zealand. Tour-Makers was established in 2015 and is working, often in partnership with key venues, to establish a sustainable touring network for professional work in New Zealand.
Megan Peacock Coyle (Chair)