Announcement of the red light on Sunday by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has resulted in tighter restrictions for concerts across Aotearoa, directly impacting our music community and prompting many festival events and tours to be postponed or cancelled. Tāmaki Makaurau concert-goers will be made familiar with the new restrictions – including live events can still take place at the Red with a maximum capacity of 100 participants physically distanced when using My Vaccine Pass (with the specific mention “no dancing“in the reception areas). For all the official details on life at Red head over HERE.

A silver lining to this unfortunate turn of events is that this is not our community’s first rodeo with Covid restrictions. For those who can afford it, we encourage ticket holders to consider supporting artists and organizers by choosing to keep tickets, refusing refunds and refusing booking fee refunds. Below is an updated compilation of useful resources for local musicians and music lovers, we’ll add to this list as new resources arrive…

UTR Covid information page for ticket sellers/promoters HERE.

An updated document from Covid Resources for NZ Music / Production Industry Pals including helpful notes (and information below) can be found HERE.

The Arts and Culture Events Support Scheme is eligible for arts/cultural events with a capacity of 100-5,000 spectators with or without tickets, or 5,000+ without tickets (i.e. free) – for more details and to apply directly HERE.

The Events Transition Support Payment Program (ETSP) covers large-scale events of more than 5,000 in-person attendees – details HERE.

MusicHelps provided COVID-19 information and support to Kiwi Music People HERE. They offer a 24/7 wellness service – online, telephone (freephone number 0508MUSICHELP) and in-person counseling service provided free of charge to those who make live or recorded music possible in Aotearoa . For more info go to HERE.

Healthline has a resource wealth about symptoms, self-isolation and mental well-being, plus all COVID-19 press releases in one place.

Prepare to self-isolate – make a plan using the checklist HERE.

Organize your booster and vaccination reservations HERE.

Request your My Vaccine Pass if you haven’t already HERE.

The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available to employers, including the self-employed, to help pay their employees who have been asked to self-isolate due to COVID-19 and cannot work from home during this time. period – find out more about how to apply head down HERE.

Similarly, the COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available to businesses, including the self-employed, to help pay their employees who cannot work from home while awaiting a COVID-19 test result – for more details, visit HERE.

You can support artists directly by purchasing music/merchandise through Bandcamp – for the latest releases from Aotearoa, visit HERE.

As the oldest independent ticketing and music news website in Aotearoa, we have been greatly affected by the red restrictions. Live show box office revenue allows the UTR team to continue to bring you the best music news, interviews, playlists and more. Please support us HERE.