RockQuest Promotions will take over the running of events to replace the popular Stage Challenge and J Rock, which were axed in January, with organisers saying they were not financially viable.
J Rock and Stage Challenge events were held at more than 10 venues nationwide, with local primary schools and colleges taking part in Auckland.
The Stage Challenge Foundation had run the professionally staged events annually since 1992, with support from the Ministry of Education.
Last month Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the new plan, saying that Rockquest has a track record of delivering successful, large scale events and already has strong relationships with schools.
The events, which are yet to be named, will enable Year 1 to 13 students to engage in music, drama and dance in their local communities.
Successful performers will be offered the opportunity to perform in a national show, Mr Hipkins says.
The contract with Rockquest is for this year only, funded by a one-off grant of $800,000 while the Ministry develops a longer-term solution.