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
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: November 18 with guests Alan Caswell and Not The Andrews Sisters.
Always a popular visitor to a Debs lunch, Allan returns to entertain us again at our November gathering. Over one thousand songs published, and more than 500 recordings of his songs worldwide. Best known of Allan’s songs without doubt is his Prisoner TV theme, “On The Inside”.
Three attractive, talented, and very entertaining women round out our November entertainment roster. Carole Sturtzel, Marlene Richards, and Jenny Loftes, aka Not The Andrews Sisters bring us all the glitz and glamour of the 1940’s as they share the songs and the harmonies of Patty, LaVerne and Maxene; The Andrews Sisters.
Be there or miss out!
12 noon for a 12.30pm start @ the Norwood Function Centre,corner Osmond Terrace & the Parade.
One for The Road Benefit
‘ONE FOR THE ROAD’
Baby Animals, Hoodoo Gurus, The Superjesus, Noiseworks, 1927,
Diesel with special guest Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Swanee, Thirsty Merc, Dragon, Wendy Matthews and MANY more confirmed to perform!
For release – Monday, 26 October 2015: Last month the Australian music industry was devastated by the tragic death of well-known and much loved production manager, Shane Cooper, and the serious injury of drummer Mick Skelton, in a car accident while on their way to a gig in regional Victoria.
Since the accident, hundreds of musicians and friends have put their hands up to help out in the best way they know how - with an all-star benefit concert featuring the who’s who of Aussie rock for Mick and Shane’s families. We can now confirm the One For The Road concert to be held at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Monday, 23 November 2015.
Performers confirmed are (in alphabetical order): 1927, Baby Animals, Diesel with special guest Jimmy Barnes, Dragon, Mark Gable (Choirboys), Hoodoo Gurus, Noiseworks, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Wendy Matthews, Russell Morris, Ian Moss with Andy Bickers, Angry Anderson, Alex Smith (Moving Pictures), The Superjesus, Swanee + Jagger Alexander-Erber, Thirsty Merc and Ziggy (the Bowie Show) featuring Steve Balbi, Brydon Stace + Jeff Duff.
Mick Skelton, who has now been released from hospital and is recuperating at home, has the following message:
"I'm incredibly grateful to everyone for the love and support that's been shown since the tragic accident in September. Of course, all our hearts and thoughts are, and will always be, with Shane's wife Olivia, their beautiful children and the entire Cooper family.
Since being told of the benefit concert, not a day has gone by that I haven't felt overwhelmed and so very humbled. I am so proud to be surrounded by people with such love and support for Shane's family and for my family and myself. It says so much about everyone, from the people putting this together, to the absolutely stellar line up. It's just incredible and words can't describe what the night is going to be like.
Even though there is still a long road of recovery left, my spirits remain high and I find comfort in the knowledge that I'll soon be back behind the drums again, playing the music I love, with the people I love.
To everyone, thank you SO much, inspiration is what can get us thru anything, and I'm not only incredibly driven to get up and get back out there, but I'm so very, very inspired. All my love, Mick xx”
One for the Road’s promoter, Marc Christowski from Empire Touring, said today, “Shane Cooper was an integral part of my organisation and Mick Skelton is my go-to drummer. It's not often this sort of tragedy strikes and I'm proud to say that we have been inundated with artists and crew offering their services to produce this extraordinary benefit concert. It’s going to be one hell of a show, packed with all the biggest hits, a huge production and some very special surprises.
One for the Road is proudly presented by Support Act and produced by Empire Touring. Support Act is the Australian music charity helping music professionals in crisis and all concert proceeds will go to the Cooper and Skelton families.
For anyone not able to attend the concert, donations can be made by going to www.supportact.org.au/donate, noting under “Benefit or Appeal” in Step 2 - SHANE & MICK.
Tickets for One for the Road go on sale at 10.00am on Monday 2 November 2015 and are expected to sell fast!
1927, Baby Animals, Diesel with special guest Jimmy Barnes,
Dragon, Mark Gable (Choirboys), Hoodoo Gurus, Noiseworks,
Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Wendy Matthews, Russell Morris, Ian Moss with Andy Bickers,
Angry Anderson, Alex Smith (Moving Pictures), The Superjesus, Swanee + Jagger Alexander Erber, Thirsty Merc and Ziggy (the Bowie Show) featuring Steve Balbi, Brydon Stace + Jeff Duff
Monday, 23 November 2015 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tickets on sale from 10am, Monday, 2 November from
www.ticketek.com.au and 132 849
The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame
The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame
The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame features ten legendary Victorian musicians and industry icons who will be celebrated at the one night only concert event on Friday, 20 November, 2015. The event will be hosted by RocKwiz’ Brian Nankervis with musical backing by the EG Allstars featuring Pete Luscombe (musical director), James Black, Bill McDonald and Ash Naylor.