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April 21, 2020


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COVID 19 NEWS FOR ENTERTAINERS - Claim a wage subsidy

Hi guys and gals we hope you are staying home and safe.

The news is looking good with a light at the end of the tunnel.

Under level 2 people will be able to have events with up to 100 people indoors or 500 outdoors under fairly strict condition. Level 2 should start mid May. So hopefully it will be like the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes when people wanted to party and booked lots of entertainment.

How are you all surviving financially? Are you aware that you can apply for the Covid 19 wage subsidy if you are a self employed entertainer. Even if only part time.

In fact I have just been talking to a musician who has a part time job as well. She phoned MSD and asked if she could apply for the subsidy even though her part time employer has applied for the part time subsidy on her behalf. MSD said yes she was able to claim and encouraged her to apply for the full time subsidy. So she will receive $350 from her part time employer and a further $585 per week directly herself. This later amount is paid in a lump sum. It's simple to apply and usually you get the money within a couple days.

Here is the application form

It is real easy to complete. You are entitled to apply if your income is effected by more than 30%

April 21, 2020


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OK so now the Government has given us some good news for those of you planning an event or looking a re scheduling a postponed event.

Our understanding is that under Level 2 we will be able to have gatherings of 100 people indoors or 500 people for outdoor events.

Here are the rules:

Gatherings only allowed for up to 100 people indoors, and up to 500 outdoors. These are total permitted numbers. This includes funerals and tangihanga up to same number as permitted at this level for gatherings. Additional conditions on gatherings: • Physical distancing and infection prevention and control requirements must be met. • All gatherings must record attendees to ensure contact tracing may be conducted if necessary. • No participants allowed who have COVID-19 symptoms or who need to be in isolation/ quarantine for any reason

So this should mean that events can be held after 19th May assuming that they do move to level 2 round about that time. Certainly events could be planned from June on.

After the Christchurch earthquakes it was interesting to see that people wanted to party. Hopefully New Zealanders as a whole will feel that way to so entertainers can start earning some money again. It has been very hard for them (and their agents ) surviving during this period

Lets get cracking and party!


April 14, 2020


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What terrible times we live in.

First let me wish everyone well. Please stay home and stay safe. Both performers and customers.

We will be manning our computers for a while each week day so customers if you have an enquiry for an event late this year or for 2021 please send it in and we will action it.

Now is a good time to review your listing with PME. 

Is it up to date?
Maybe amend your blurb
musicians and bands: look at your wedding options. PME often have to make assumptions about your abilities based on your blurb.

So you might like to look at the blurb but also tell us what you can do for wedding clients?

Can you perform at the service? Maybe one member of the band? Minimal amplification or battery amp? - write a blurb about what you can do. Sound or even better video sample?

Can you perform background for the canapes or the dinner? - if so how do you do it, what repertoire, length of time etc. Write a short blurb

Can you perform for the dance? If no, tell us. If yes, then what repertoire? How long, Max crowd size?

This is your chance to increase your exposure (poor choice of words Pete!) once things are up and running again

Did you know that if you work part or full time as an entertainer you can apply for Government wage subsidy? Check the WINZ site.


PME will be working on other ideas for musicians to augment income (or at least perform a valuable public service) during the Lock Down.... One idea is a possible register of musicians able to teach an instrument using facetime or similar. Think you could do this? Let us know. There must be hundreds of bored  kids out there who would love to spend some time learning guitar. Could you help?


Got some ideas? Let us know.

And lets have a hell of a party when this blows over!

Good luck and stay well
Pete and Robyn