COVID-19 Update & Information

March 15th 2020
Currently, all of the Music Commissions projects and programmes in New Zealand are operating as normal.

There will inevitably be some disruptions and developments in the next month, and we will keep you up to date with any changes here on our website.


As previously reported, SXSW – which was scheduled for this week – has been postponed, and there is yet to be an announcement of any new dates.  The Great Escape in Brighton, United Kingdom, is still booked to go ahead in May, but we will be keeping across any developments.


As a short-term measure, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are now recommending that all non-essential international travel is avoided.  If you are a New Zealand artist currently on tour overseas, there are a couple of practical steps we would recommend taking.  You can have a look at our story about the SafeTravel service here, or go straight to the MFAT SafeTravel website here.


Some New Zealand music people may find they are distressed and needing some extra support over the coming days and weeks.  MusicHelps provides support in a number of ways, including the MusicHelps Wellbeing Service, the 24/7 online, on the phone (tollfree 0508MUSICHELP) and in-person counselling service fully funded by MusicHelps and provided free of charge to those that make live or recorded music possible in Aotearoa.  Please share these contact details with anyone you think could use them.

There is also the MusicHelps Benevolent Fund, providing tailored emergency financial assistance packages to members of the music community experiencing crisis situations as a result of illness, injury and serious hardship. 


A website has been set up to track the losses incurred by postponement and cancellations of gigs, which has been expanded to include NZ events.  The site is designed to collect information on the financial impact on artists, music businesses and contractors.  You can read more and register any gigs you lost at


The Ministry of Health is constantly updating their website with information as it comes to hand, and is the best source of accurate health advice for the general public.  They have extensive articles you can find here.


And finally, WINZ have provided some specific advice for people who may have issues because of self-isolating or because their work has been affected.  You can read more at their website here.


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