COVID Wage Subsidy and Support for Businesses & Self Employed People

August 19th 2021
With this week’s move to Alert Level 4, there is a range of business support available to help through this period of the COVID response in Aotearoa. This support is for all eligible businesses, organisations and the self-employed around NZ.

The Wage Subsidy Scheme is available if you have a had a 40% decline in revenue related to the Alert Level shift. Applications for the Wage Subsidy Scheme will open nationally from 9:00am on Friday 20 August 2021, with applications initially open for two weeks. You’ll be able to apply on the Work and Income website, with more details available here. You can also register up to be notified of the latest information about the Wage Subsidy Scheme if you sign up here.


The Resurgence Support Payments will be accessible from next week if you have had a 30% drop in revenue over a seven day period resulting from the Alert Level shift, compared to a usual seven-day period in the past six weeks. This payment must be used to help cover business expenses such as wages and fixed costs, and you can find full details about eligibility and applying on the Inland Revenue Department website here.

Resurgence Support Payment applications will open from 8:00am on Tuesday 24 August 2021, and Applications will remain open for one month after a nationwide return to Alert Level 1.


There is other support available too, including the Short-Term Absence Payment, the Leave Support Scheme and Small business cash flow loan scheme. For an overview of all the business support available at different Alert Levels with links, head over to the website here.


Lastly – please remember MusicHelps is there to support you. Alert Level shifts can have a huge impact on mental wellbeing in our music community. If you need someone to talk to, or you know someone who needs support, the MusicHelps Wellbeing Service is there with phone and online counselling available right throughout this period. The number to call is 0508MUSICHELPS, or you can fill out the online form here. There is also a list of numbers for many other support services available in Aotearoa on the MusicHelps website here.






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