REMINDER: Latest Round COVID Wage Subsidy Closes 28/10

October 27th 2021
Applications for the current COVID-19 Wage Subsidy close at 11:59pm on Thursday 28 October. Another round of Wage Subsidy will be available for two weeks from 9:00am on Friday 29 October.

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 your business is being, or will be affected, by the continuation of Alert Level 3 and you have a had a 40% decline in revenue. This includes businesses operating at lower Alert Levels.

The fifth round of the Wage Subsidy Scheme closes Thursday 28 October, with applications for another round opening on Friday 29 October. You can apply on the Work and Income website, with more details available here.


The Resurgence Support Payments are still available, and applications for the third payment opened on 1 October. 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. If you are someone who works in events, or had irregular income, you can apply as a seasonal worker and use a relevant previous time period to show your usual income.


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.



Times like these can have a huge impact on mental wellbeing in our music community, so please remember MusicHelps is there to support you. 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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