Uniting in support of the unsung stars of the New Zealand music scene
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.
COVID-19 is having a devastating effect on the live music industry and the livelihoods of thousands of kiwi music people and businesses. Shows are cancelled, venues are threatened; production suppliers, roadies and crew are without work. With almost no notice, these hard-working, ordinary New Zealanders and their dependents are facing levels of distress and hardship never seen before.
For 8 years MusicHelps has been the music industry’s charity, providing emergency financial support and professional counselling to kiwi music people when crisis strikes.
With the onslaught of COVID-19, MusicHelps faces unprecedented demand for its vital services.
How You Can Help
If you are in a position to do so, please donate to MusicHelps – a registered charity that provides crisis relief and professional counselling services to kiwi artists, crew and music workers who are directly affected during this time.
MusicHelps is an official partner of the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief initiative.
Every donation you make will be matched by Spotify up to the value of USD$10 million globally.
Donations to MusicHelpsLive can be made via Give A Little, texting “MUSIC” to 2448 to donate $3, by transfer using internet banking, and by PayPal. So far we’ve raised $760,560.74 from 6750 generous donors and have made $520,000 in crisis assistance relief grants to kiwi music workers. Every donation turns up the levels!
Text MUSIC to 2448 to Donate $3
You Can Also Help By
Consider donating your refunds for cancelled shows or a portion of your refund to the venue or MusicHelps.
Keep streaming and buying kiwi music and merchandise – directly from artist websites, through local record stores (online), Bandcamp, Patreon or via your favourite streaming services – Spotify and Apple.
Support the businesses that are helping the MusicHelpsLive appeal! Click here to find amazing deals that also contribute to kiwi music people affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The music workers of Aotearoa who bring us the sounds and experiences we all cherish are always the first to put up their hands to help when our land and its communities are in crisis. Now they need our help. Please join with MusicHelpsLive and provide hope, advice and practical support to the music people most affected by the COVID-19 crisis.Peter Dickens, General Manager, MusicHelps
From performing musicians to the untold numbers of people who work with them, from the staff at venues now forced to close to the crews who build stages through the night for stadium shows, our community is built on our shared passion for music. With so many of our people suddenly facing economic vulnerability and more, any support New Zealand music lovers can show will have a profound impact and keep Kiwi music alive.Paul McKessar, Artist Manager, Benee, Brooke Fraser, Maala, Miss June
SIX60 has always been a whanau built on live performance. It’s been really tough seeing so many people in the live industry we know and love be negatively impacted by the corona virus epidemic. A lot of music industry professionals are small business owners and independent contractors who may not have traditional employment protections. Seeing the industry come together around MusicHelpsLive and the other initiatives though, that’s awesome to see and gives everyone hope. We have to keep the music alive and come back from this stronger together.Matiu Walters, Artist, Six60
MusicHelpsLive is an initiative from MusicHelps, the New Zealand Music industry charity, supported by people and organisations from across the NZ Music Industry, to bring immediate relief for a community at the existential brink.
We urgently need your support to provide hope, advice and practical support to the music people most affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
We need funds for counselling practitioners to help those affected to navigate the extreme emotional and psychological impact of this crisis.
We need funds to be able to provide emergency financial assistance to music people who no longer have the ability to meet basic needs affecting their health and wellbeing.
We need resources to provide targeted emergency support for the environment and infrastructure that makes music possible in our country.