WHO WE ARE
Support Act is the heart and hand of Australian music.
We are the music industry’s charity, providing crisis relief, mental health and wellbeing support to musicians, managers, crew, music workers and organisations across all genres of music.
We deliver this through short term financial support; funeral support; mental health prevention, education and training programs; the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Program; and the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline.
Support Act is an industry leader in cultural and behavioural change, and we strive to create a safe and thriving music industry for all, including dedicated culturally intelligent support for First Nations music workers.
ABN: 43 079 588 604
In 2022 we celebrated a major milestone – our 25th anniversary!
Support Act was launched on 8 August 1997 by an industry-led committee comprising John Anderson, Jeremy Fabyini, Nick Hampton, Peter Hebbes, Peter Karpin, Glenn Shorrock, Simon Fenner, Emmanuel Candi, Dobe Newton, Alex Coroneos, John Bromell, Michael Chugg, Brett Cottle, Meryl Gross, Jim White and Michael McMartin.
They recognised the need for an industry-based entity that could provide human and financial services to positively impact the health and welfare of people working in the music industry.
John Bromell lobbied the music business industry, and with financial support from founding members ARIA PPCA and APRA AMCOS, the organisation was incorporated as a public company limited by guarantee on 7 August 1997. It was launched on 8 August 1997 and granted charity status in 2000.
Over the years, the who’s who of the music industry have had a hand in making the charity what it is today, with directors including Geoffrey Rudd, Jane English, Brian Cadd, Robert Patterson, John Hansen, John Woodruff, Dean Ormston, Keith Potger, Fifa Riccobono, Cath Haridy and Mark Callaghan.
We would like to acknowledge and thank those members of the music community who have served as directors and officers of Support Act. They are:
John Anderson (1997-1998) – Director
Jeremy Fabyini (1997-1998) – Director
Nick Hampton (1997-1998) – Company Secretary
Peter Hebbes (1997-1998) – Director
Peter Karpin (1997-1998) – Director
Glenn Shorrock (1997-1998) – Director
Simon Fenner (1997-1999) – Director
Emmanuel Candi (1997-2003) – Director
Dobe Newton (1997-2004) – Director
Alex Coroneos (1997-2008) – Director
John Bromell (1997-2011) – Director
Michael Chugg (1997-2011) – Director
Brett Cottle (1997-2012) – Director
Meryl Gross (1997-2013) – Director, Chair
Jim White (1997-2013) – Director
Michael McMartin (1997-2016) – Director
Geoffrey Rudd (1998-2017) – Director
Jane English (2004-2007) – Director
Brian Cadd (2008-2014) – Director
Robert Patterson (2009-2013) – Director
John Hansen (2009 -2014) – Director
John Woodruff (2011-2012) – Director
Dean Ormston (2013-2014) – Director
Joanna Cave (2013-2018) – CEO
Keith Potger (2013-2019) – Director
Fifa Riccobono (2013-2019) – Director
Cath Haridy (2015-2019) – Director
Mark Callaghan (2013-2019) – Director
Sebastian Chase (2015-2022) – Director
Sally Howland (1998-2022) – Director / Chair