Whilst Support Act is a charity, we prefer to think of any financial assistance we are able to give as a grant, awarded in acknowledgment of an artist, crew or music worker’s contribution to Australian music.
Please meet the following people whom we’ve helped and who have kindly allowed us to share their stories, including some of those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:
Kiwat Kennell – artist and mentor
Kiwat is a First Nations artist and mentor who received a crisis relief grant earlier this year. Here he tells us how our support has helped him stay in the industry he loves and focus on the future.
Tania Doko – artist
Tania is the front woman of Bachelor Girl and a solo artist/songwriter. Having to relocate from another country in the middle of a pandemic is difficult, stressful and expensive. Here she tells us how Support Act helped.
Rhys Velasquez – performer
Rhys works in musical theatre. Here they tell us about their experience in applying for a crisis relief grant and the impact it had on their ability to get through the COVID pandemic.
Graham Burns – musician
Graham is a musician from Sydney, who was referred to Support Act by a band mate at a gig. He found the whole process very comfy and the financial support he received was unbelievably helpful.
Piera Dennerstein – soprano
Piera is a classically trained soprano and opera singer. She tells us how and why she applied to Support Act for a crisis relief grant and how it helped her get through the pandemic.
Mali Clyne – rapper
Meet Mali, a rapper who was reluctant to apply to Support Act for a crisis relief grant. But he found the process easy, and is very grateful for the support he received.
Bob Welch – Roadie
Support Act service user Bob Welch talks about the assistance he received from Support Act in a time of need.
Pam Kleemann – Spouse
Support Act service user Pam Kleemann talks about the assistance she and her husband received from Support Act in a time of need.
Ed Clayton Jones – Singer
Support Act service user Ed Clayton Jones talks about the assistance he received from Support Act in a time of need.
Kelly Dingeldei – Musician
Support Act service user Kelly Dingledei talks about the assistance she received from Support Act in a time of need.
Dahlia Dior – Singer
Support Act service user Dahlia Dior talks about the assistance she received from Support Act in a time of need.
Jack McCord – DJ
We spoke with Jack McCord, a DJ who sustained serious injuries, including an acquired brain injury, in a motorbike accident.
Neill Duncan – Saxophonist
Neill is a professional saxophonist. In late 2012 Neill lost his left arm to sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, leaving him unable to continue as a professional saxophone player. A close friend of Neill’s, refusing to give up on his friend and colleague, found a specialist overseas who builds instruments from scratch, in this case a one handed sax. Support Act contacted Neill to see how we could help and paid for the new saxophone.
“That’s amazing. Finding out what life’s really about. The beauty of really appreciating what I’ve had, what I’ve got and the amazing support that I’ve had from Support Act.”
JuliaWhy? – Musician
Julia speaks about her mental health struggles and how Support Act helped.
Andy McDonell – Musician
Andy McDonell talks about life as an artist, performer and creative.
The late Carol Lloyd – Musician
“Support Act were our angels.”
Danny Widdicombe – Musician
“Support Act literally saved my family”
Lilli Lovegrove – Daughter
“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.”
Jim Conway – Musician
“I’m 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.”
Support Act speaks with a number of musicians and music workers about the challenges of working in music, and how Support Act has been able to help.