After a brutal two years, the latest wave of Omicron infections is once again resulting in festivals, gigs and events being cancelled or postponed.

Since the start of the pandemic, Support Act has allocated more than 15,000 Crisis Relief Grants to music and live performing arts workers valued at more than $35 million, thanks in large part to the financial support received from the Australian Government.

But those funds have now been expended and we urgently need your support to help meet the current demand.


We’re partnering with global meditation and mindfulness leader, Headspace, and providing 3 months of free* access to Headspace’s app. Headspace and Support act are working together to provide you with the necessary tools to manage stress and anxiety, and build mental resilience as we prepare to rebuild our Australian music and creative industries.

This is a special subscription for Support Act’s community to learn how to meditate and be mindful.

Try Headspace for 3 months using code SUPPORTACT 

Offer ends 31st December 2022. After your 90-day free trial, the subscription renews automatically at $69.99 USD for an annual subscription to Headspace. You can cancel  at anytime. This offer is for new and existing free Headspace users only.


Sammy Butcher is one of the founders of the famous Warumpi Band, a pioneer of Desert Surf Guitar, senior Elder and leader of his community in Papunya.

Following a series of strokes, which has impacted his ability to be mobile and to walk. As an Elder in his community, Sammy is heavily relied upon and needs to be able to get to places such a sorry business, Alice Springs (which is three hours from Papunya), the homes of family members who need his support, and most importantly he needs to get to his hospital visits for regular check-ups around his stroke.

Sammy is in desperate need of a car to do all the above and more. He needs your support in raising funds to help him buy a decent car.

What we do

Support Act is the music industry’s charity, delivering crisis relief services to artists, artist managers, crew and music workers across all genres who are unable to work due to ill health, injury, a mental health problem or some other crisis, such as COVID-19. 

We also develop and implement life-saving mental health and wellbeing programs and services.

About Support Act

Get Help

You can get help by applying for financial support if you are an artist, artist manager, crew or music worker in crisis. We will also contribute to the cost of a funeral.

Contact the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline if you are concerned about any aspect of your mental health, and check out our Resources page to discover industry-specific mental health videos, training options, articles and other cool stuff.

Get Help

Give Help

You can give help by making an individual or company donation, fundraising, leaving a gift to us in your will, and by spreading the word about our services to anyone in need. See below for more information.

Give Help


If you would like to make an individual or company donation, please visit our donate page. A recurring monthly or annual donation is a great way to ensure your ongoing support. All donations are tax deductible.

There are many ways to fundraise: hold an event (when conditions allow); donate a percentage of sales from products, services or merchandise; or set up a donation page on social media for your birthday or other special occasion. Please make sure you register with us first.

Help A Mate provides an opportunity to raise money for an artist, roadie or music worker who is in need or suffering hardship or distress. This could be through a dedicated appeal or a fundraising event. Find out more.

If you would like to leave Support Act a gift in your Will or should you decide to include Support Act as a beneficiary, we provide more information here. You can also call our CEO Clive Miller on 1300 731 303.

Make a Bequest

Music workers are a proud and resilient bunch, and some can be reluctant to seek help, even though they might be in financial distress or just need to talk to someone about their wellbeing. If you know someone who needs our help, please encourage them to contact us.


Whether you want to learn how to give or get help, look after your own own wellbeing or hear how others in the music community have overcome challenges, this is for you.

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