A unique charity, dedicated to changing lives through music
Welcome to MusicHelps! MusicHelps was originally established in 2012 under the name “The New Zealand Music Foundation”. To date we have invested in 66 projects with 42 partners from Whangarei to Invercargill, all using the power of music to change the lives of over 60,000 New Zealanders in need. We’ve also provided emergency assistance to hundreds of kiwi music people experiencing hardship and illness through our Backline suite of services, including a world first professional online, on-the-phone and face-to-face counselling service tailored to people who make live and recorded music possible.
What makes us different is that we’re dedicated to developing and sustaining exciting projects that all have one thing in common: they change lives through music. They make a positive difference to people in need in New Zealand in extraordinary ways and show the world what is possible through the magic of music. We need your support to carry out our vital mission.
We support projects in healthcare, including music therapy in hospices and projects that use the power of music to restore physical and cognitive ability lost as a result of disease and injury. And we partner with skilled clinicians who are using music as part of an integrated package of care for seriously ill children and their families.
We work with projects that use music to address the problems faced by at-risk and vulnerable people. We support initiatives that use music as the primary method of engaging youth from troubled backgrounds. Music provides the means to reach out and connect in a fundamental way with those who are facing exclusion from employment, education & training and are in danger of outcomes such as violence, drugs and alcohol abuse.
We support music-based projects that develop our communities and the people in them to achieve their full potential. These projects use music as a binding force for community and whanau groups, often in areas of great economic hardship. They provide opportunities to identify and develop leaders and teach vital life skills such as resilience, organisation and innovation.
We also serve those in the NZ music community when crisis strikes. We provide caring, confidential and practical assistance through our Benevolent Fund and our professional wellbeing and counselling service to kiwi music people from all parts of the music industry who are experiencing illness, distress and hardship and have nowhere else to turn.