Wednesday, 15 Apr 2020

Financial assistance for music creatives during Covid-19

As well as bringing APRA’s annual Performance Report distribution forward from November to May, and encouraging you to get all of your song registrations and other admin up to date with both APRA AMCOS NZ and Recorded Music NZ so that you can receive all royalties owing to you as soon as possible, we wanted to provide a brief summary of the other financial assistance available to you. 

Please note, the information below is a summary of each potential source of emergency financial relief. You will need to read the eligibility and application criteria in full in each case, and liaise directly with the source about your application and receipt of funds.


Who it’s for:

The majority of New Zealand ‘employers’ who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 are eligible to apply. This includes the self-employed and sole traders. To qualify you must a fulfil a series of requirements, including the following:

-       your business is registered and operating in New Zealand

-       the business has experienced a minimum 30% decline in actual or predicted revenue over the period of a month, when compared with the same month last year, and that decline is related to COVID-19

-       your business has taken active steps to mitigate the impact of COVID-19

How much:

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy will be paid at a flat rate of:

-       $585.80 for people working 20 hours or more per week (full-time rate)

-       $350.00 for people working less than 20 hours per week (part-time rate).

The subsidy is paid as a lump sum and covers 12 weeks per employee.

When is it available:


Read all criteria here:

Apply here:



Who it’s for:

The Creative New Zealand Emergency Relief fund is available for eligible independent artists and arts practitioners, and members of arts organisations (including groups and collectives).

An Emergency Relief Grant is a contribution towards loss of income between 1 March and 30 June due to COVID-19. This grant is a lump sum top-up of the WINZ COVID-19 Wage Subsidy to align with Creative New Zealand’s policy to pay artists and arts practitioners fairly. Applicants to this fund must have successfully applied to the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy.

In order to apply, the criteria also include:

-       You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and be based in New Zealand.

-       You must have a track record of experience and success — this means that as an artist or arts practitioner, including as part of an arts organisation (including collectives and groups), you must have: recognition from peers or experts; specialised training or practical experience; achieved a degree of critical or sales success. For more information about track record requirements for your artform see the CNZ Funding guidelines - the artforms we support

-       You must have successfully applied to WINZ for the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy before receiving an Emergency Relief Grant and must provide evidence of this (for example, a screenshot of your bank account, showing your name, account number and the WINZ payment).

-       You must show that your main source of income is derived from arts practice. You can show this by supplying an artistic CV (include links to your website or social media platform if you have one), in addition to information about recent projects or activity.

How much:

The total amount of support you may receive through this Emergency Relief Grant will be calculated at $25 per hour for either part-time or full-time work, less the amount you have received from the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy. So the limits are:

-       Full time (20 hrs or more) - $351.70 per week, lump sum of $4,220.40

-       Part time (20 hrs or less) - $150 per week, lump sum $1,800

When is it available: 

Now until 18 Jun 2020

Read all criteria and apply here:



Who it’s for: 

The grant is being made available to individuals who meet all of the following criteria:

-       applicant is a NZ citizen, or who holds permanent resident status, who has been working for pay in the NZ music industry for the last 5 years

-       applicant is currently living in New Zealand

-       applicant can provide the names and contact details of two professional referees (not family or friends) who can verify the applicant’s paid work in music

-       applicant can show they have lost music-related income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis

They encourage applications from the full range of music industry workers. Roadies, riggers, technicians, crew, performers, songwriters, managers and anyone who has lost income from their work in the production or performance of live or recorded music in Aotearoa are invited to apply.

How much:


When is it available:

From Monday April 20

Read all criteria and apply here:



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