The founding Trustees of The New Zealand Music Foundation launched the charity in 2012 with a twofold vision.
We wanted to develop and support projects around New Zealand that change the lives of people in need through the power of music.
We were also determined to make a positive difference to the lives of those who bring the magic of live and recorded music to us in Aotearoa. It is this part of our work that we address in detail today.
Music can be an extraordinarily difficult way to make a living in a small country like ours. More often than not it is a very hand-to-mouth existence and while we love our musicians, they and their supporting cast generally have no support or safety net. If illness, distress or hardship befalls anyone in the music industry in New Zealand, life can get very hard, very quickly.
We have learned that the support the NZMF has been able to provide over the last four years has been crucial to those in the local music community experiencing severe difficulty. But we clearly needed to know more about the issues we were facing.
With this in mind, we have conducted The NZ Music Community Wellbeing Survey for the first time in 2016.
The survey aims to quantify some of the serious issues that we have been anecdotally aware of for many years. It seeks to provide scale and scope and identify areas where we can focus our attention in order to minimise harm and provide practical, caring support to music people.
We have already made some of the initial findings available and acted on them. We launched the NZ Music Foundation Wellbeing Service in late September 2016. The service is a free nationwide, online, on the phone and in-person professional counselling service for our music people, colleagues who would not otherwise be able to access the support they need.
In releasing this full report, we hope we are making a contribution to all with an interest in this segment of our creative community to inform their own response to these serious issues.
On behalf of the Trustees of The New Zealand Music Foundation, I would like to thank everybody who has contributed to this report: the researchers, the industry organisations and the leaders who are passionate about these issues. Our greatest thanks go to the writers, the artists, the performers, the roadies, the riggers, the stage technicians, the sound engineers, the lighting operators, the managers and many many more from within our music community who gave their input so clearly and honestly.
Chair of Trustees, The New Zealand Music Foundation
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