Monday, 20 Apr 2020

Collective music industry news update 

As we dive through week four of lock-down, we have a few items to update and some news and info to share.


Aotearoa Music Industry Hui – The Sequel 

First-up, the collective music industry organisations will be hosting another online hui this Thursday at 11am. The first one was held nearly two weeks ago, and we didn’t get the opportunity to address all the questions, plus there are some new developments to talk about, so representatives from the NZ Music Commission, NZ On Air, Recorded Music NZ, APRA AMCOS NZ, IMNZ, MMF NZ, Creative NZ, Te Mangai Paho, and SOUNZ will come to you via Facebook Live and YouTube for a chat. Everyone is welcome to watch and participate via the comments section.


Financial assistance available

Secondly, although many of you will be all over this already, we want to make sure everyone knows about the financial assistance available to them in these challenging times. Below is a round up of info, eligibility, what you get, and links to apply for the WINZ government subsidy, the Creative NZ Emergency Relief Grant, and the MusicHelps Emergency Grant. 

Two particular things to note: 

1)     The Creative NZ grant is open to a wide variety of ‘arts practitioners’, which includes not only the ‘artists’ themselves, but also those who are involved in bringing those art forms to the public, whose main source of income is derived from an arts practice. So this could include musicians and songwriters, as well as producers, engineers, managers, live crew, stage managers, publicists etc. Please check out the info from Creative NZ, and contact them if you’re not sure about your eligibility.

2)     The MusicHelps Emergency Grant is officially open for applications, but due to the large volume of applications received this morning, they have temporarily stopped taking applications while this first batch are processed. The application form will be live again at 5pm today.


There was also an excellent financial and accounting advice online seminar hosted by MMF NZ with Jeni Rowney from Entertainment Accounting last week. They provided advice and answers to questions about the various grants, and their tax implications , as well as sharing general advice about your accounting practices as artists. You can watch the video back here:


NZ On Air music funding announcements

In further funding news, NZ On Air have announced a boost to their next New Music Single funding round, with an allowance for 40 grants in the forthcoming round (the budget usually allows for usually 23-24 grants per round). 

The application deadline is 4pm Thursday 23 April.

They have also confirmed the focus round New Music Pasifika is taking place in May – with applications opening on 7 May and the deadline on Thursday 21 May. Guidelines will be issued before the end of this month.

While they remain open for contracting and payments please be aware that NZ On Air are experiencing a very high volume of claims and queries at the moment, so if you are putting through a claim for payment on a funded Single or Project please note there may be a delay. Please also ensure all your required paperwork is correct so we can process your claim as quickly as possible.


Recorded Music NZ Distribution

And on the subject of paperwork, Recorded Music NZ is calling all Direct-to-Recording Artist Registered Artists and Labels to make sure they have registered all new recordings released in 2019 with Recorded Music NZ prior to the deadline of 30th April 2020 for the 2019 calendar year distribution. This is more important than ever as it will assist Recorded Music to make an accurate and timely distribution. To register your recordings please do this by visiting your Recorded Music artist login page or contacting their member services team by email.


Government announces Tax Changes to Support NZ Business

The Government announced a further set of tax proposals to help businesses manage the impacts of COVID-19. Some of this information may be of assistance to you and your music business. Fact sheets and the full Government announcement is here.


SOUNZ online workshops and concerts

SOUNZ have been hosting a wonderful array of workshops/wānanga and concerts while we’re in lock down. On Friday evening they hosted the beautiful ‘Oro Atua - a Puoro Māori sound healing journey’ with Jerome Kavanagh. You can watch the video here:

And you can also watch a wide array of SOUNZ Online concert series here:


Te Māngai Pāho feedback survey

Te Māngai Pāho is seeking feedback on how Mate Korona (COVID-19) has affected you.

The survey is open to all their funded entities, including production companies, independent creators, broadcasters and media outlets as well as contractors. If you receive TMP funding and have been impacted by Mate Korona - they want to hear from you!

The information collected will help Te Māngai Pāho best respond to this unprecedented situation and shape their short-term mitigation planning. Survey responses will be confidential and can be made anonymously.

Take the survey now

Please have your responses through by 5:00pm Sunday 26 April


NZ Music Month – it’s happening

NZ Music Month kicks off on Friday, May 1st and the theme for this year is simple: Support Local. Stream Local. Follow Local. Buy Local.

This May marks the twentieth NZ Music Month, and while a big month of live events and retrospection was planned, the world has changed a lot in the past month – so NZ Music Month 2020 is set to look a little different to usual. 
Initiatives planned for NZ Music Month 2020 range from digitally streamed events, radio specials, online seminars and hui. Plans include live-streams to showcase emerging talent; IMNZ’s Going Local series; MMF NZ’s annual NZ Music Month Summit; NZ music specials across a variety of radio stations; a Holiday Records competition to be the first 7 inch pressed in NZ since 1987; and many virtual festivals. 

Check out more info here:


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