The power of music is something we all feel. So many events in life need a soundtrack: a long road trip, a first dance at a wedding, a carefully chosen piece to mark a loved one’s passing.
Music makes memories.
And yet, as a professional, a career in music can be uncertain and risky. Even the most talented find themselves unable to work when illness, injury or some other problem strikes. Without an income, a setback can quickly become a crisis.
This is where Support Act steps in. Support Act is a registered charity established by the music industry to provide a safety net for music professionals facing hardship.
If you are a music professional, Support Act is here to help, because your life is music.
Real People. Real Stories.
Whilst Support Act is a charity, we prefer to think that any financial assistance we are able to give as a grant, awarded in acknowledgment of your contribution to Australian music.
“You get to such a desperate point where you lose hope. Support Act were our angels.”
“Support Act literally saved my family”
“There needs to be someone like Support Act there in times of crisis, because there is no one else.”
Retired roadie & production manager
“I came to Support Act for help because I could see myself sliding down the scale…they pulled me out of the dungeons of despair.”
“For my whole life it was just him and I. It happened out of nowhere, his passing. Finance wasn’t something I was thinking about at all before then.”
“I’m very grateful for the assistance provided by Support Act. It has improved my quality of life enormously and has given me the confidence to perform again.”
photo credit: Greg Weight
“The word ‘real value’ from an organisation like Support Act doesn’t even come close to it.”
Debonairs ROCKtober Lunch
Daisy's South Australian Debonairs
SA Debonairs Lunch
ADELAIDE, NORWOOD HOTEL If you are in Adelaide, come along to the monthly gathering of Daisy’s Debs. This is typically held on the third Wednesday of the month and each time sees a fantastic guest speaker and entertainment.
Next Luncheon: Wednesday 21st September 2016 with guests Travis Wellington Hedge and Ken KG Cunningham AM.
KG has worked in radio and Television for more than 40 years. But before he became a media identity, KG was a talented sports person, distinguishing himself as a cricketer at state and national levels, and served as an umpire of Australian Rules Football games in South Australia and interstate.
Be there or miss out!
12 noon for a 12.30pm start @ the Norwood Function Centre,corner Osmond Terrace & the Parade.
The John Vincent Memorial Big Quiz Gig
The John Vincent Memorial Big Quiz Gig
The Support Act annual John Vincent memorial Big Quiz is back! Hosted by quiz funny-masters, Eddie Bannon & Dave Flanagan, get ready for an afternoon of fun, facts and special guests.
Join us as we celebrate the life & laughter of one of Adelaide's favourite radio announcers, John "Vinnie" Vincent. All proceeds raised go directly to Support Act
Tickets are limited with discounts available for group booking tables of ten. Suitable for 15+ as may contain adult themes. Held at the Arkaba Hotel, top floor.
Buy tickets here and remember this always sells out fast!
The Age Music Victoria Awards
In 2016 the event falls within the Melbourne Music Week program, with all of the Awards formalities completed earlier in the evening to allow for one big After Party open to the general public from 8.30pm.
Co-presented by Triple R 102.7FM and PBS 106.7FM, the After Party will feature live sets from Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Camp Cope and Tash Sultana.
Continuing with past traditions, members from the RockWiz Band will once again form The EG AllStars, who will be joined on stage by guests Paul Dempsey, Gareth Liddiard, Kylie Auldist, REMI, Pierce Brothers, Alex Lahey, Gawurra and Freya Josephine Hollick, performing their best songs of the year.
Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Carol has spent a lifetime touching the hearts, minds and souls of music lovers with countless chart toppers and a career spanning decades, as the singer-songwriter for 70s band Railroad Gin and with the Carol Lloyd Band. With her music and big personality, Carol quickly became a household name and a central character in Australia’s rock history.
Since 2014, Carol has been fighting terminal pulmonary fibrosis, a serious respiratory disease in which scars form in the lung tissue, leading to serious breathing problems. Recently her health has taken a sudden decline, revealing a diagnosis from her specialist that ‘she is now in the final stages’.
Music lovers are invited to celebrate this ‘wild woman of rock’ and her music at a special benefit concert starring a line up of stellar Australian artists who all have a special story to tell about how Carol touched their lives.
The artists have all donated their time and all funds raised at the event will go towards assisting with Carol’s medical expenses in her final days.
Donations can also be made via our site- click here
Tickets: qpac.com.au, PH 136 246
Victorian Debonairs' Monthly Luncheon
It's a Hard Rock Lunch
with soft centres!
On Tuesday 4th October the Debonairs celebrate the Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle
with a bunch of lunatics who forgot why they threw that TV
out that hotel window in 1980
Meet at the bar for pre-Lunch drinks between 12 noon and 12.30pm
Lunch at 1pm...come early
Entry to Lunch is still $45 per head with $5 being donated to
Support Act - Australia's Music Industry Benevolent Fund,
to support music professionals
who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis that
impacts on their ability to work in music.
The $45 includes starters, a choice of mains (includes vegetarian) and dessert
sparkling wine, White wine, Red wine, tap beer and soft drinks
available as part of the lunch package 12 noon till 3pm.
Drinks at reasonable bar prices after 3pm
Feel free to bring along a guest or guests (no civilians) or make up a table
to help remind those present why they trashed that hotel room
RSVP essential by midday Friday 30th September
so mine host Matt Hunt and his team can set up for us.
RSVP to confirm your attendance and advise number of guests: Dominic Barbuto - email@example.com