Kiwis receive Levi’s music relief fund for the first time ever

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The Beths are the first New Zealanders to win in the Levi’s Music Relief Fund in partnership with QMusic, producer of BIGSOUND.

The Beths are an award-winning band made up of three friends, Elizabeth Stokes (vocalist), Jonathan Pearce (guitarist/vocalist), and Benjamin Sinclair (bassist/vocalist) who studied jazz together at university. They produce music that involves arrangements that are hard to come by in guitar-pop. When performing they also add drummer and vocalist, Tristan Deck into the mix.. Winning the prize has been a nice way for them to end New Zealand Music Month.

Levi’s Music Relief Fund prize has been redefined to support artists across Australia and New Zealand in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prize now focuses on national projects, skills development, and supporting the artists’ wellbeing.

The prize money of $4,500 will be a great support for their new album Jump Rope Gazers, set to be released July 10. The band will also receive a BLOCKS by Bolster. customised workshop, an online course with The Indigo Project to support their personal growth, as well as Levi’s products.

Head of marketing at Levi’s Australia and New Zealand, Trent Bos says that they are deeply connected to the music industry. “Our people at Levi’s and BIGSOUND understand how hard the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the music industry and its artists. Together we created the ideas to support more Australian and New Zealand musicians to get through this challenging period by going beyond just funding.” says Bos.

The applications for the final round of prizes are open now and close midnight Sunday July 5. Head to the BIGSOUND website for more info.

Listen to The Beths on Spotify or Apple Music, and keep up to date with their movements on their website.

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