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NZ Intl. Comedy Festival Artist Relief Fund

$7,549 of $20,000 goal
Given by 128 generous donors in 4 weeks

Help us provide much needed financial relief to some of our 150+ local NZ Intl. Comedy Festival artists.

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In March, the New Zealand Comedy Trust made the devastating decision to cancel the 2020 NZ International Comedy Festival, due to to the COVID-19 situation and in the interest of everyone's safety.

We are deeply concerned about artist's and industry's financial welfare and wellbeing. Making a living in the arts in New Zealand is already difficult, with many of our performers living gig to gig, and paycheck to paycheck, without the savings to keep them afloat in unprecedented circumstances such as this.

With over 200+ artists involved in the Comedy Fest relying on income from their show, this cancellation has a huge impact on their yearly earnings. Combined with the significant money some have already spent on their Festival seasons, our comedy community is now facing a period of immense financial uncertainty and hardship.


All money donated during this fundraiser will go towards our local Comedy Fest comedians for costs they’ve already invested in their Festival shows. Collectively, the 2020 Comedy Festival artists have invested more than $100,000 into the creation of their Festival season, with marketing, design and printing, travel, ticketing charges and production being just some of the costs our comics have already paid as preparation for bringing their shows to you. We will spread this as fairly as possible to make sure we can lighten the load just a little bit for as many people as possible.

The New Zealand Comedy Trust are also contributing to artist welfare by committing to refunding all Festival registration fees and venue hire deposits. We are strongly advocating for our artists, technicians, producers, venues, suppliers and all of our Festival whānau to get the support and assistance they need. Our team are investigating creative ways of getting comedy to you in 2020.

We hope that while this will be an incredibly difficult period for our organisation, our artists, our venues, our suppliers, our crew and the entire arts industry, we can make it through together. Our aim is to bring live art and comedy to you for many years to come.

We realise that a great many Kiwis have been terribly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 situation and lockdown. If you are able to give your support at this time to our artists we are very grateful, but please only give if you are able. We look forward to bringing good times and laughter back to you, when it’s safe to do so.

If you are interested in directly donating to the New Zealand Comedy Trust and helping secure the future of the NZ International Comedy Festival, please do so here:

Donations are tax deductible.

About us

The New Zealand Comedy Trust is a not-for-profit charitable organisation - with a focus on championing the art of laughter so that more people laugh more often.

Use of funds

All money donated during this fundraiser (including beyond our initial goal) will go towards our Comedy Festival artists for costs they’ve already spent on their Festival shows.

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Latest update

First 24 hours!  17 April 2020

Posted by: The New Zealand Comedy Trust

Woah - we can't believe that we already made it to 18% of our goal in under 24 hours! We've been totally overwhelmed by your generosity and know that it will go a long way to providing some security for our artists at the moment. Sharing the campaign is a massive help, so if you're able to help us spread the word please do, it'd mean the world!

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Charlotte on 11 May 2020
Dallas on 11 May 2020
Phil & Morgan
Phil & Morgan on 11 May 2020
Thanks team at Comedy Festival - esp those behind the stage who create the space for the magic to be made...
Alan on 11 May 2020
Karyn on 11 May 2020
love the LOLs

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