MusicHelpsLive  is a campaign we have mounted to raise funds so that MusicHelps can provide vital financial and health & wellbeing support to the people working up front and behind the scenes of New Zealand’s music industry, which has been left devastated by COVID-19.

Since the crisis began, we have seen live music cancelled en masse throughout the country. New Zealand musicians and those who work behind the scenes are facing an uncertain future.

For eight years MusicHelps has been the music industry’s charity and among our core activities has been the provision of emergency financial support and professional counselling to kiwi music people when crisis strikes. Now we have started MusicHelpsLive to specifically support people and organisations facing hardship due to COVID-19.

Our response

Our MusicHelpsLive campaign aims to raise $2 million dollars to see kiwi music people through the coming winter. All funds raised will be distributed to those music workers whose livelihoods have been shattered as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

To date, through the generous efforts of kiwi music lovers nationwide, we have raised $760,560 from 6750 generous donors. This amazing total has allowed us to deploy $520,000 in crisis relief assistance to kiwi music workers in need so far. We can’t stop there. Although NZ has moved to Level 1, the damage wrought by the total suspension of live music for an extended period is still very real and present. We want to raise $2,000,000 to make a real and positive difference to the kiwi music community and to keep the music alive.

MusicHelps board chair and MusicHelpsLive spokesperson Campbell Smith says: “New Zealand’s musicians and the teams behind them are always there for us in times of trouble and tragedy, like the Band Together concert after the Christchurch earthquakes and You Are Us/Aroha Nui concerts following the Christchurch terror attacks. Now they are the ones that need our help.

“The devastating effect from Covid-19 on the livelihoods of thousands of kiwi music people and businesses will continue to be felt now and into the future. Cancelled shows are not all going to be rescheduled, venues are still threatened; production suppliers, roadies and crew are still without work they were expecting through the year. These hard-working, ordinary New Zealanders and their dependents are still facing levels of distress and hardship never seen before.”

We’re calling on New Zealanders to visit to make a donation & find other ways to support the live music industry.


MusicHelpsLive supporters

The following organisations have already pledged to support MusicHelpsLive:

Aston Road

Auckland Live

Auckland Stadiums

Audio Foundation

Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA)

Banished Music

Bay Dreams Festival

Big Pop Studios

College Hill


CRS Management/CRS Presents

Delete Management

Dominion Law


Dryden Street

Eccles Entertainment

Entertainment Accounting Services

Flying Nun Foundation

Frontier Touring New Zealand

Independent Music New Zealand

KBB Music

Kiwi Krew

Kobalt Music Publishing

Laneway Festival

Live Nation


Lorraine Barry Management

Love Police


Mushroom Music


Native Tongue

Neptune Ent

New Zealand Music Awards

New Zealand Music Commission

New Zealand Music Managers Forum

New Zealand Musician

New Zealand Promoters Association

Nik Nak Media

NZ on Air




Page 1 Management

Parachute Music

Pead PR


Radio New Zealand

Recorded Music New Zealand (RMNZ)

Red Bull

Rhythm and Alps Festival

Rhythm and Vines Festival

Richmond Music

Rockshop New Zealand

Roundhead Studios

Sony Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Soundsplash Festival


Spark Arena


Sum Square & Co

The Label

The Production Company


Universal Music

Universal Music Publishing

Venue Merchandising Services

Warner Chappell

Warner Music