COVID-19 Resources for NZ Music/Film Production Industry Pals
This is a work-in-progress collection of resources available to those in the NZ production
industries facing unprecedented pressure as a result of COVID-19 prevention measures.
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1. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE - ENTERTAINMENT SPECIFIC
Music Helps NZ
REGULARLY UPDATED WITH A VARIETY OF RESOURCES. You should definitely check this one out. Financial hardship grants, financial planning resources, mental health resources, and more for anyone working in the music industry (on or off stage).
NEW: Emergency Relief Grants for NZ music industry professionals currently overseas https://musichelps.org.nz/covid-19-grant/
LiveNation ‘CrewNation’ Global Relief Fund
Open to all live entertainment touring or venue crew member who make 50% or more of their income from this field.
There are some conditions and documentation required to apply. Music Forward Foundation, a 501c3 organization, will be selecting recipients based on an objective determination of need.
Applications are now closed for those who were impacted by shows originally scheduled to take place in March or April 2020.
A new application window will open the week of May 18th for anyone who will be financially impacted by shows scheduled to take place in May 2020.
Creative NZ Emergency Relief Grant
UPDATE due to overwhelming demand, application deadline brought forward to May 29th.
An Emergency Relief Grant is a contribution towards loss of income between 1 March and 30 June due to COVID-19. This grant is a lump sum top-up of the WINZ COVID-19 Wage Subsidy to align with Creative New Zealand’s policy to pay artists and arts practitioners fairly. Applicants to this fund must have successfully applied to the COVID-19 WINZ Wage Subsidy. The Creative New Zealand Emergency Relief fund is available for eligible independent artists and arts practitioners, and members of arts organisations (including groups and collectives).
Creative NZ General Response to Date
First Phase of support details here: https://www.creativenz.govt.nz/news/details-of-creative-new-zealand-s-first-phase-arts-sector-boost-ahead-of-14-april-opening
Second Phase of support to begin 1 July. Details here:
Main components of support:
* Emergency support for existing investment clients – open to the 83 multi-year funded arts organisations in the Toi Tōtara Haemata and Toi Uru Kahikatea investment programmes (investment clients).
* Resilience grants for artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations – open to eligible, non-investment clients. There will be quick turnaround periods and rolling weekly decisions.
Suspension of all other CNZ funding programmes. Existing CNZ funding: Don’t have to refund what has been spent, but do have to refund what can’t be spent if funded project cancelled.
Budget 2020 response (Treasury)
Outline of the $175million Arts and Music Recovery Package:
* Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund: $70m over three years for supporting the rebuild of the creative industries by commissioning and supporting creative projects at a national and local level.
* Cultural Innovation Fund: $60m over three years for a contestable fund to support new ways of operating, cross-sector partnerships, and create new ways to add value to the economy, particularly through digital exports. This will include supporting innovative approaches to Māori artforms and traditional knowledge.
* Cultural Capability Fund: $20m for a focus on immediate needs in response to Covid-19, such as legal services, online delivery and audience development.
* New Zealand Music Recovery Fund: $16.5m specifically directed towards the contemporary popular music industry (including $7.1m to boost NZ on Air's New Music programmes, $5m for a Live Music Touring Fund, $3m immediate support for safe music venues which will be administered by the NZ Music Commission, and $1.4m to help musicians recoup lost income via Outward Sounds and NZ Music Month.)
2. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE - GENERAL
Central Gov’t Response/ Support for Covid-19
General overview of stimulus package. Specifics are listed under ‘Wage Subsidy,’ WINZ’ and ‘IRD tax relief’ below.
Covid-19 Relief Payment
If you lose your job (including self-employment) from 1 March 2020 to 30 October 2020 due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment. It’s available from 8 June 2020.
You can get up to 12 weeks of payments, to help with living costs after a sudden job loss, and give you time to find other work.
Wage Subsidy + Extension
If you're an employer, contractor, sole trader or self-employed, you may qualify to get the COVID-19 wage subsidy.
UPDATE 5/JUNE: wage subsidy will be extended by 8 weeks for those who can demonstrate a 40% loss in the 30 day period before applying, compared to a similar period last year. Applications open 10 June 2020. https://workandincome.govt.nz/covid-19/wage-subsidy-extension/index.html
UPDATES 25/Mar FROM MSD:
Creative sector workers who can demonstrate either a 30%+ decline due to COVID-19 in their average monthly revenue across the last 12 months, or can provide proof of cancellations of work due to COVID-19 amounting to a 30%+ decline in revenue, will be eligible to access the Wage Subsidy.
Self-employed creative sector workers whose primary source of income is from their creative endeavours, and who otherwise qualify for the Wage Subsidy, will be eligible as 'working 20 hours or more per week'.
Self-employed applicants should type in 'Sole Trader' in the 'NBN number' field of the application form.
MSD have confirmed that the criteria for licences, permits, qualifications and such will not be required (i.e. The criteria currently states that Sole Traders must have government licences and permits for their business needs, and qualifications or registrations for their trade or profession). Read more: https://nzmusic.org.nz/news/commission/covid-19-update-information-from-the-music-organis/
You do not need to be registered to be considered ‘self employed’: “you don’t need to go through a legal process or to register yourself or your business with a government agency.” WINZ staff seem to be a little confused about this but please refer to this link for confirmation of this fact! https://www.business.govt.nz/getting-started/choosing-the-right-business-structure/becoming-a-sole-trader/
INTEL FROM MY ACCOUNTANT (Re: Wage Subsidies) - from the doc creator - do with this what you will!
On proving your minimum 30% decrease in revenue:
"It's all operating on a high-trust model so no documentation will be required up front. You just need to ensure that you will be able to, if asked, show a decrease in revenue of 30% for at least one month between Jan – June 2020. They may ask for further proof down the line but the payments will be made regardless as they just don’t have capacity to process documentation.
On requirements for licenses/permits/qualifications/registrations:
"That’s just for certain professions – ie. building licence for a builder etc."
p.s. Fantail Finances is the B.O.M.B for being so great here^^
IF you need to prove the 30% decline in an audit at a later date, here is a helpful worksheet from CoreHR!
WINZ - Jobseeker Support
Jobseeker support is available to self-employed / freelancers who are working part-time or not at all, and actively looking for work.
No stand-down period will apply from 23rd March for the following 8 months. https://www.business.govt.nz/getting-started/choosing-the-right-business-structure/becoming-a-sole-trader/
IRD - tax relief measures
* Provisional tax threshold raised to $5000 as part of the Covid-19 response
* You may be able to make an estimate or re-estimate of provisional tax, if your circumstances have changed due to the COVID-19. We can arrange early refunds if provisional tax has been overpaid.
If you're having difficulty paying outstanding tax, we can help you set up an instalment arrangement. You can apply in myIR.
* You can also apply for a write-off due to serious hardship when you know you won't be able to pay the full amount.
Credit Card Hardship