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.

The MusicHelps Wellbeing Service

The MusicHelps Wellbeing Service is a 24 hour helpline and free professional counselling service for New Zealanders who earn a living from music 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.



We have made Covid-19 Delta Hardship Grant available for individual music workers in Aotearoa New Zealand. Please go to our Covid-19 Emergency Grant page here for details on the status of these grants.

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.

Government Wage Subsidy
The government is still offering wage subsidy grants to eligible companies, contractors and sole traders:

NZ music businesses – if you face laying off staff or reducing their hours because of COVID-19, you may be able to get a Wage Subsidy Grant. More information is available HERE.

NZ music contractors & sole traders – if you have lost income because of COVID-19, you may be able to get a Wage Subsidy Grant too. More information is available HERE.

• A 2-week COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment will be available nationally for employers, including self-employed people, who are financially impacted by the resurgence of COVID-19 and changes to COVID Alert Levels. More information is available HERE.

Leave Support Scheme
The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available for NZ music businesses, including sole traders, to pay their employees who can’t come to work due to Ministry of Health advice, and cannot work from home.

More information including the eligibility criteria is available HERE.

Government cashflow support for small businesses

The Government will provide interest free loans for a year to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic shock to support their immediate cashflow needs and meet fixed costs. The scheme will provide $10000 to every eligible (using the same criteria as the Wage Subsidy) firm and in addition $1800 per equivalent full time employee up to a maximum of $100000 (50 employees). Loans will be interest free if they are paid back within a year. The interest rate will be 3% for a maximum term of five years. Repayments are not required for the first two years. The loans will be administered by IRD (not banks) and applications are open from 12th May.

More information is available HERE.

Further Government Support and Information for Businesses

There is other government support available to businesses including tax support and business consultancy services. The government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses is available 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. (no longer active)

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 NZ Music Commission has updates on funding for music venues HERE  and Touring Grants 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. .