Patrons and Trustees - MusicHelps
Patrons and Trustees




Neil Finn

New Zealand’s favourite troubadour, Neil Finn is a unique songwriter, a craftsman who writes deceptively simple lyrics full of warmth and emotion.

His career includes some of bands that have shaped New Zealand’s soundtrack both here and around the world – Spilt Enz, The Mullanes, Crowded House, Finn Brothers, The Pajama Club, a collaboration with son Liam and most recently, Fleetwood Mac.



Lorde is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, born and raised on Auckland’s North Shore, and possessed of a singular ability to capture majesty and mundanity in striking melodic snapshots that belie her age and experience.

Lorde’s music melds concentrated, sharp-eyed lyrics and multi-layered vocals with crisp beatscapes. Amidst a world of calculating contest winners, manufactured show ponies and cheap knock offs – Lorde is a true original.



Anthony Healey – Acting Chair | Secretary

Director of NZ Operations, APRA|AMCOS

APRA|AMCOS’s objective is to ensure composers/songwriters and publishers are rewarded whenever, and wherever, their musical works are played, performed or reproduced and help New Zealand ensure music users get access to the world’s musical repertoire. Through its music grants program APRA support a number of music organisations and are a founding supporter of MusicHelps.

Anthony is also the chair of the New Zealand Copyright Council and a trustee of the Centre for NZ Music. He has extensive experience as a lawyer in the entertainment and copyright industry and has wide knowledge of the many aspects the music business.


Lynda Parsons – Treasurer

Director, Entertainment Accounting Services

Lynda Parsons has worked within the music industry for over twenty years and is the sole director of Entertainment Accounting Services. The firm is based in Auckland and specialises in accounting and taxation for clients in the music, film and entertainment industry here in New Zealand as well as overseas. Lynda has worked with chartered accountancy firms in Sydney & Auckland and as many of her clients are very successful in the music industry overseas, Lynda works regularly at an international level as well as looking after many local homegrown musicians.


Cath Andersen

Chief Executive, NZ Music Commission

Cath Andersen is the chief executive of the NZ Music Commission – a government funded arts agency that undertakes projects in New Zealand and abroad to assist contemporary popular NZ music businesses.  The Music Commission runs the annual celebration NZ Music Month, funds international projects through the Outward Sound programme, has a host of resources and services available to support musicians and industry professionals; and also works with the Ministry of Education to deliver New Zealand music programmes into schools.

Cath has previously worked as an artist manager, and a tour promoter and booking agent for both international and NZ bands.


Don McGlashan

Songwriter, performer, artist

Don McGlashan is one of New Zealand’s best-known songwriters, with 5 entries in APRA’s 100 best NZ songs of all time. He was awarded the Silver Scroll twice for “Anchor Me” in 1994 and “Bathe In The River” in 2006. He lead iconic band The Mutton Birds for most of the 90s, relocating with the group to London for the latter half of that time. Their third album “Envy Of Angels” made the UK Sunday Times ten best albums list in 1996.

Don has also won numerous awards for his film and TV writing. In 2001 he was awarded the Auckland University Literary Fellowship for his song writing, and he was made a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate in 2002.


Damian Vaughan

Damian Vaughan is an experienced music industry professional and serves as Trustee on a number of music and media based charities and not-for-profits. Damian has extensive music sector experience and was the Chief Executive of Recorded Music NZ for nine years (2013-2022). Damian has also held senior positions at APRA AMCOS NZ, PRS For Music in the UK and Independent Music New Zealand as well as experience working in; and launching independent labels earlier on in his career. At one point Damian was also a heavy metal vocalist and drum and bass MC.

Damian is also a trustee of the Digital Media Trust and Crescendo Trust. DMT administers two websites: as an archive and showcase for television and film and  which tells the story of NZ popular music history – its people, labels, scenes and places. is focused on supporting and developing young people (12-24) through mentoring programmes in music, film and photography. Providing real-world industry experience and training, including employment opportunities and further education to young people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to be exposed to the music and creative fields.




Malcolm Black, 1961 – 2019

Chairman Les Mills Music Ltd, Director APRA

Malcolm Black worked in the music industry for his entire career, initially as a musician and then as a music lawyer and a record company executive. He served as Chairman of Les Mills Music Licensing Ltd and as APRA’s New Zealand writer director representative on the APRA Board. Malcolm had a passion for the welfare of kiwi music people, a powerful belief in the power of music to help & heal those in need in Aotearoa and was a tireless Trustee of MusicHelps. He is greatly missed. Era i roto i te rangimarie.

Auditors and Lawyers

Our auditors are:


Our Solicitors are:

Rennie Cox – / +64 9 303 4089
P O Box 6647, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141, New Zealand