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 NZ Music Foundation’s Musicians in Need Fund assists those who have been professionally involved either full or part-time for 10 years or more (or for the majority of their adult working life) in making live or recorded music.
The assistance we give is generally of an emergency nature where we access essential products or services on behalf of an affected individual, usually on a one-off basis.
Examples of this might be the purchase of a fridge to store temperature-sensitive medications properly after the diagnosis of a serious illness, facilitating assistance from a professional that would otherwise be unavailable to an individual due to cost, or the replacement of equipment in the aftermath of a catastrophic loss. This is not an exhaustive list: the assistance we give can take many forms and is tailored to the need of the individual.
To assess eligibility, we need to know a little about an individual’s history in music, the nature of the illness or distress that has caused the individual to apply, and an idea of the kind of assistance sought, such as the examples above.
Musicians in Need Fund applications are acted on as soon as they are received. There are two forms to complete.
The first 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 best be given.
A separate financial position spreadsheet detailing assets, debts, income and expenditure in order to establish financial need 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. We also provide assistance in completing 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 and only the General Manager of The NZ Music Foundation or individuals authorised by the Applicant are ever aware of an Applicant’s name.
The process of information gathering, report preparation and the assembly of the Approvals Committee to make final decisions means that applications can take on average from three to six weeks from first contact to the provision of assistance. However, we make 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 our 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 General Manager for a confidential chat.