This year marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand Music Foundation's Wellbeing Service, a venture that was launched in the wake of a sobering survey into the health of the New Zealand music scene. Now, the service, which offers counselling and support to Kiwi musos, has announced a partnership with heatseeking talent competition Smokefree Rockquest. 

The partnership will see the NZMF offering seminars to thousands of Rockquest participants, teaching them about mental wellbeing, confidence, and navigating the creative life, one that NZMF General Manager Peter Dickens says can often be plagued by "isolation, easy access to alcohol and substances, unhealthy work hours and and unhealthy work environment."

"One of the things we really hope about these seminars is that it moves our efforts from being an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff to further up the cliff" he explains.

The initiative was launched at the recent Silver Scrolls - check out a short video about it below.