The Musicians in Need Fund
The New Zealand Music Foundation provides caring, confidential and practical emergency assistance to people who have contributed to the New Zealand music industry and their relatives who are experiencing illness, distress and hardship. This emergency assistance is accessed through applications made to our Musicians in Need Fund.
Watch a short video about Musicians in Need Fund recipient Grant Fell.
The assistance provided via the Fund can take many forms and is tailored to the individual. In general, it is a grant that enables the supply of a product(s) or service(s) that will be of fundamental assistance to a qualifying applicant experiencing illness, distress and hardship. Applicants can come from any branch of the music industry (e.g. songwriting, composition, performance, production, technical, backroom, retail, corporate) and will have spent a significant period in paid part or full-time roles making live and/or recorded music happen in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Musicians in Need Fund applications are acted on as soon as they are received. The application form asks for the Applicant’s music industry credentials and referee details of people that can confirm them, the current medical situation of the Applicant (if relevant), a description of the circumstances that have resulted in the application and a section where the Applicant can detail how they consider that assistance could be best given via the Musicians in Need Fund. A separate financial position spreadsheet detailing assets, debts, income and expenditure also forms part of the application. Nominees approved by the Applicant may complete the application on their behalf if they are unable to complete the application themselves. The NZ Music Foundation will also provide assistance with the application wherever possible.
All information provided in applications is treated as strictly confidential and is not disclosed to other parties without permission. Information submitted is anonymised so that only the General Manager is ever aware of an Applicant’s name.
The process of information gathering, report preparation and the assembly of the Approval Committee to make final decisions means that applications can take on average from three to six weeks from first contact to the provision of relief. However, The New Zealand Music Foundation makes every effort to process applications as promptly as possible, especially in situations of immediate need.
Assistance may be provided from the Musicians in Need Fund by decision of The New Zealand Music Foundation Board of Trustees at any point, of its own volition and independent of any application, in accordance with the Fund’s Guiding Principles.
Please read the Guiding Principles covering the provision of relief from the Musicians in Need Fund.
For further information or to request the form to apply for assistance from the Musicians in Need Fund, please contact The New Zealand Music Foundation General Manager for a confidential chat.