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.
“The word ‘real value’ from an organisation like Support Act doesn’t even come close to it.”
“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
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THE BANDWAGON CAMPAIGN HAS NOW ENDED. YOU CAN STILL HELP SUPPORT ACT RAISE THE MONEY WE NEED TO HELP MUSIC PROS IN CRISIS. SIMPLY HEAD TO THE GIVE HELP PAGE WHERE YOU CAN DONATE OR SIGN UP AS A MEMBER
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Daisy's Day- 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.
Daisy's Day: Wed June 21
BOB AND SONJA - They have been making beautiful music together since they first met. After their first public appearance on Channel 7s Stairway to the Stars they were launched into the spotlight with regular gigs on Adelaide Tonight and the Country and Western Hour and then national exposure on Brian Henderson's Bandstand. They spent two years cruising the world for Cunard Line criss-crossing the Atlantic and sailing through the Caribbean. They manage to squeeze in television appearances in Europe and then returned to Adelaide and opened their own sound company Bob's Electronics.
They have never stopped entertaining and it is our pleasure to present them this Wednesday.
Come along and find out more!
SOPHIA MCRAE and JOHN BIENVENUE
Sounds Like A Story is a collaborative project for local songwriters Sophia McRae and John Bienvenue and at Wednesday's lunch the pair will perform part of their successful Adelaide Fringe act. Penned by this talented pair, Sophia’s songs are up-tempo and John’s are folksy tales full of wisdom and jazzy chord progressions.
Sophia is a staunch supporter of Support Act and regularly 'backs up' guests at our lunches.
PACK THE BROLLY, YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR AND YOUR DESIRE TO MEET OLD FRIENDS AT THE DEBONAIRS LUNCH
12 noon for a 12.30pm start @ the Norwood Function Centre,corner Osmond Terrace & the Parade.
Like Wires Project
Like Wires is the final moniker of Sydney musician and songwriter Ash Hansen. Many will recall him as the frontman of Rumanastone, an artist under his own name and also The Bluebird and The Bell.
Ash passed in October 2014, his death the result of a virulent melanoma. Ash had been working on another solo album, and this project is now 'Transmission'.
A number of individuals who shared both professional and personal relationships with Ash throughout his life have banded together in an attempt to honour Ash’s memory through a PledgeMusic campaign launched in Like Wires’ name and a digital and physical release of Ash’s final work. Profits raised via the pledging process and after the manufacture and shipping of the album has been paid for will be directed towards Support Act.
To find out more about Ash's music and to support the campaign please visit:
We would like to thank and acknowledge Ash's family, friends and colleagues for their kindness in nominating Support Act as a beneficiary. Thank you for your support.
The John Vincent Memorial Big Quiz Gig
The John Vincent Memorial Big Quiz Gig
The one and only Adam Hills is headed to Adelaide as quizmaster in what’s sure to be the most hilarious Quiz event for 2015.
Add to the mix Adam’s good mate, the hilarious Irish comic Eddie Bannon as MC, and the laughs will be fast and furious at the 5th annual John Vincent memorial Big Quiz event to be held at the Arkaba Hotel on June 21st 2015.
Support Act South Australia is proud to once again host this annual event. The John Vincent Memorial Big Quiz event is open to the public, media and music industry stalwarts with a desire to match wits and general knowledge in a session of madness, mayhem and hilarity. It will now honour the memories of two beloved members of the South Australian media and music industry who reached into the homes, offices and cars via the airwaves of so many Adelaide people. They gave us great memories and a heap of good times and laughter – this event gives it right back at them.
Support Act SA Chairman Gary Burrows said “Vinnie would have been in his element at this gig and for all of us, the passing of Daisy makes it a bittersweet affair. We’ll be sure to do the right thing by them and Support Act – we’ll laugh, sing, toast their memories and raise a heap of money for those in need”
You can get your tickets here