There’s no doubt that the world we live in has changed dramatically, and like many members of the arts community we feel the uncertainty of these difficult times. But it’s important to know that help is available.

Below you will find support services and opportunities that are currently available and updates from SOUNZ.

SOUNZ office

The SOUNZ team is now working from home. Fortunately we’re well-positioned to do so, and our digital content will continue to be available to you 24/7. However, we’ve had to make a few changes to the way we work:

  • SOUNZ’s home at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre is now temporarily closed. Regretfully this means that we cannot accommodate walk-in visitors or customers until further notice.
  • We’ll be checking voicemail remotely, but the best way to make contact with SOUNZ is by e-mailing
  • As we self-isolate in our homes, we’ll be unable to post hard copy items in the mail until the alert level lowers. But we’ll do our best to connect you to a digital version of the item if at all possible. Please e-mail with any and all NZ music-related questions.
Call for works

SOUNZ composer pages rank highly on internet searches (try Googling your name!), and there’s no limit to the number of works that composers can lodge. While you’re in self-isolation, how about beefing up your SOUNZ page?

To lodge a work, simply fill out our Lodge or Update a Work form. Then, send scores and any other applicable media to Jonathan, SOUNZ’s Cataloguing and Office Administrator, will happily catalogue away from his home in Paekākāriki!

Call for online events

The way we connect to live music is rapidly changing, and it’s amazing to see the creative and innovative ways in which musicians are ensuring that we #keepthemusicgoing. If you’re hosting a virtual music event, concert or performance with at least one NZ-composed work on the programme, we’d be thrilled to help you get the word out.

Submit your event details here to have them included on our events page, in Synopsis, and in our social media promotions. Also, if you’d like to create a blog article or video in support of your event, you’re welcome to get in touch with our Marketing Manager Leoné by e-mailing


Regrettably, SOUNZ has postponed the Kaitito Kaipuoro Wānanga | Composer Workshop until further notice.

Keep an eye on the SOUNZ social media channels for future updates about the event.

SOUNZ Projects Update

Please be aware that with the high degree of uncertainty surrounding the current COVID-19 situation, the following dates and deadlines are subject to change:

New Zealand Composer Sessions

Applications for this year’s NZ Composer Sessions are now closed and the selection process is underway. The Sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, 29 September – Friday, 2 October and applications for 2021 will open in early October 2020.

SOUNZ Contemporary Award

Applications for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award will open on Friday, 1 May and close on Sunday, 31 May. The winner will be announced at the APRA Silver Scrolls Awards on Thursday, 10 September.

SOUNZ and Westlake Community Project

This year’s selected works are “Mountain Overture” by Xu Tang and “Scherzo r!d!culoso” by Fergus Byett. The recording session will be held on Tuesday, 13 October. Applications for 2021 will open in early November 2020.

SOUNZ Community Commission

Applications for 2020/2021 will open in early June and close in early July 2020.

SOUNZ Commission for Orchestra and Sistema Youth Orchestra

Applications for 2021 will open in early September and close mid-October 2020.

SOUNZ Jazz Recording Project

We are looking to revamp this project in 2020. Details will be announced shortly.

Creative New Zealand has now confirmed that their Emergency Response Package will include a first phase $16 million investment to buffer and support the arts community, with benefits extending well beyond the immediate crisis. Learn more here.

If your work is connected with the music industry in any way, and you’ve lost work, please fill out this brief survey titled ‘I Lost My Gig New Zealand’.

The purpose of collecting the data is for music industry bodies (APRA AMCOS NZ, NZ Music Commission, Independent Music New Zealand, Recorded Music NZ, NZ On Air Music, MMF New Zealand and Te Māngai Pāho) to gain greater understanding of the shape and scope of the impact of COVID-19 on the music community, and to use this data for publicity and applications for economic support.

(We understand that any individual information you provide will remain private unless you specifically agree for it to be shared.)

The NZ Government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Package is “the most significant peace-time economic plan in modern New Zealand history”. Read about the $12.1 billion package hereed.)

The NZ Government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Package is “the most significant peace-time economic plan in modern New Zealand history”. Read about the $12.1 billion package hereed.)

MusicHelps | ĀwhinaPuoro has provided emergency assistance to hundreds of kiwi musicians experiencing hardship. There are two ways in which MusicHelps may be able to help you through this difficult time:                                                                                                   
1. The MusicHelps Wellbeing Service is a 24-hour helpline and free professional counselling service for kiwi music people experiencing emotional distress. Call 0508MUSICHELP or email

2.  The MusicHelps Benevolent Fund provides tailored emergency financial assistance packages to kiwi music people experiencing crisis situations as a result of illness, injury and misfortune. Call 09 623 4728 or email