Dozens of #saveourvenues fundraising campaigns over May music month are happening, each with a $1000 koha from the Arts Foundation Future Fund, plus 5% of their Boosted campaign target donated back to them. MusicHelps are also providing an additional $2k per venue to support up to a total of thirty venues nationwide.
#saveourvenues alongside Boosted LIVE and MusicHelps aims to help raise over $500,000 for venues across Aotearoa. Together, the collective are well on its way to this target, having raised over $265,000 to date.
MusicHelps Chairperson Campbell Smith says “MusicHelps absolutely recognises our local venues are vital for the music community in New Zealand and make a huge contribution to the music industry, both for performers and those who work in live music. Artists need audiences, and the work the Save Our Venues collective is doing to ensure there will be places for NZ artists to perform in the future is absolutely the kind of initiative that MusicHelps wants to support.”
MusicHelps Trustee Ant Healey, of APRA NZ, added “There is no denying the crucial role music venues play. Our songwriters and performers depend on the survival of places to play – not only for the income that helps sustain their music careers but for the community and support that venues provide for artists both on the stage and behind the scenes”.
#saveourvenues throughout music month to keep the industry alive, and find out more at saveourvenues.co.nz.