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MusicHelps supports hundreds of projects across New Zealand, each using the power of music to change the lives of thousands of New Zealanders in need.
We also provide emergency assistance to thousands of music people experiencing hardship and illness through our suite of music support services, including a world first, professional online, on-the-phone and face-to-face counselling service tailored to people who make music possible.

The Champion Centre – Christchurch

The Champion Centre’s Musical Play Therapy programme recognises that each child has an inherent musicality, regardless of disability.

The programme engages children and their parents in playful activities that support each child’s individual developmental goals and gives parents strategies they can use at home to support daily living.  Music is a powerful non-verbal form of communication which helps children to feel included and safe. Alongside the music therapists, the Centre’s entire team incorporate music into their actions and activities with tamariki.

The Champion Centre’s music programme attracts no government support and is provided free to our whānau, through the munificence of donations such as the MusicHelps grants.

Dame Lynda and Jools, the Topp Twins

" MusicHelps was a lifeline when we needed it most. It is hard to ask for help but sometimes you have to.

After a double cancer diagnosis on the back of two years of gigs being cancelled from Covid, the coffers were bare. It was Christmas and Lynda had just had an urgent double mastectomy. The MusicHelps Benevolent Fund responded immediately with compassion and understanding.

The grant helped enormously to alleviate the financial stress so we could both focus on our health. Confidentiality, kindness and a simple grant-making process made a huge difference. "

Bella “Bella Donna” Cook

" Last year I was left with nothing after my house burnt down. One of my friends recommended me reaching out to MusicHelps,  but I didn't expect their support to be so life changing.

MusicHelps financially supported me to replace all the music gear I had lost in the fire. In an industry that can feel so isolating at times I felt so supported and cared for. I was able to get back up on my feet and making music in no time. I can't express how meaningful the backing from MusicHelps has meant to me. "

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