COVID-19 Information and Support for Kiwi Music People

The impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19 on the NZ music environment has been rapid and its effects widespread.

People across live and recorded music whether they are on-stage, behind the scenes, or in related industries are feeling the direct effects of COVID-19 related cancellations, postponements and other changes.

Safeguarding your finances as well as your physical, mental and emotional health to the best of your ability will be key to navigating the current situation successfully.

To help you access useful information and find sources of support, this page will provide information on where to check for the latest advice on COVID-19, detail on how MusicHelps may be able to support you and useful links to help you in the weeks and months ahead.

Check back to keep abreast of updates to the information provided here.

NZ Government sources of Information and Advice

The NZ Ministry of Health advice page on COVID-19 can be accessed here.

Note: if you are holding a show or an event, there is specific advice available to you here.

If you are touring or looking at travelling overseas, the latest advisories from SafeTravel can be found here.

The Work and Income (Ministry of Social Development) page on assistance available to individuals affected by COVID-19 is on their website here.

If your business has been affected or you are an employer in the industry, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has specific advice and support information available  on their website here.

The MusicHelps Wellbeing Service and Benevolent Fund

There is a dedicated Give A Little page for those who would like to donate towards our work with kiwi music people affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Donate here.

The MusicHelps Wellbeing Service is a 24 hour helpline and free professional counselling service for kiwi music people experiencing emotional distress.

If the current situation has affected you, you can contact us by phone tollfree within New Zealand at 0508MUSICHELP, from Australia on 1 800 353 148, and from the rest of the world on +64 508 MUSICHELP (charges may apply).

You can contact the service by email at, or via the web at our Talk to Us Now page here.

For more information about the MusicHelps Wellbeing Service, take a look at our website here.

The MusicHelps Benevolent Fund provides tailored emergency financial assistance packages to kiwi music people experiencing crisis situations as a result of illness, injury and misfortune.

You can find out more about the Benevolent Fund on our website here, you can call us at 09 623 4728, email us at, or use the Contact Us page on our website here.


Useful Links

You can get free budget and financial crisis advice through the free MoneyTalks service here. Approaching this service earlier, rather than later, may make all the difference in successfully navigating the challenging times ahead.

Dominion Law is a leading music & entertainment law firm that provides advice to creative people around the country, including music people that are internationally successful and those that are just starting out. To help those affected by the COVID-19 crisis, they are offering free advice to music people. Email them now at .

Leading music & entartainment accounting and business consultancy services firm Entertainmant Accounting Services have provided a summary of the government COVID-19 support package elements. Read the summary here.

1737 is a nationwide mental health & addictions helpline number providing immediate access to trained counsellors. Anyone feeling stressed, anxious, worried, depressed, needing advice on mental health or addictions issues can call or text.

The major music industry organisations have released a statement outlining their response to the COVID-19 crisis. Read the statement on the Recorded Music NZ website here.

APRA AMCOS NZ Director of Member Services Victoria Kelly has 7 suggestions for  people looking to support local artists and others through the crisis.

If you have a company or operation that puts on live shows and events in New Zealand, industry body Entertainment Technology NZ would like to hear from you about the immediate and expected effect of the virus on your business.Take part in their survey here.

APRA AMCOS NZ has launched “I Lost My Gig NZ” a survey for kiwi music people and organisations to record how COVID-19 has impacted them so far. Take part in the survey here.

The NZ Music Commission has issued an appeal for landlords to assist music venues to keep their doors open. Read about it here.

The NZ Music Commission has released an update that includes information about crucial changes to the wage subsidy scheme from government as they relate to music people. Read about them in their update here.

OneMusic has announced measures to help businesses that hold a OneMusic license that may be experiencing difficulty. Read about their response to the crisis here.

Keep referring back to this page for updates and advisories on the COVID-19 Coronavirus as it relates to kiwi music people, both in Aotearoa and overseas.