Community Fundraising for Support Act
Due to COVID-19, Support Act are currently only able to support and promote online events/ fundraisers. Of course we hope to return to live events in the near future, however cannot make a decision at this time when that will be. If you have an event that raising money for Support Act, please contact us online HERE. Please be aware we are currently inundated with enquiries and aim to get back to you ASAP.
Powderfinger Regroups for ‘One Night Lonely’
Presented by Secret Sounds, Universal Music Australia, YouTube and supporting Beyond Blue and Support Act.
After a decade long hiatus, iconic Australian band Powderfinger is tuning up and preparing to bring a little happiness to fans during these challenging days.
Powderfinger will reform for one night only on Saturday 23 May 2020 with an exclusive performance from their respective home studios, titled One Night Lonely.
The title signifies the one off nature of this event and points towards the very important charities the band are supporting, Beyond Blue and Support Act.
Support Act provides crisis relief, mental health and wellbeing services to Australia’s music industry community and has been inundated with requests recently from artists, crew and music workers who have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. In the past four weeks, Beyond Blue has experienced a 59 per cent increase in the number of people contacting its support services compared to the same period last year.
If you’re in a position to do so, the band encourage a donation to support these worthy causes and the mental health of people in Australia. Funds will be split evenly between both charities.
Sign up to get access to ‘One Night Lonely’ and donate HERE
Isol-Aid Streaming Music Festival
Responding to the current global pandemic of COVID-19 outbreak threatening live music across the globe, (and with the current income loss for the Australian music community now sitting at $300 million dollars), Merpire (Rhiannon/ Small Time Group), festival programmer/musician Emily Ulman (Brunswick Music Festival/Small Time Group), and Shannen Egan (Turning Heads Agency) have combined their powers to create:
ISOL-AID MUSIC FESTIVAL
A two-day socially (media) distanced music festival.
12 noon till 12 midnight (AEDT) on both Saturday and Sunday you can watch all your current favourites, and discover your new ones during the live-streaming festival promoting unity and community.
If they are in the financial position to do so, viewers are encouraged to buy music and merch from the artists’ Bandcamp and Patreon pages, their websites, as well as donating, via links in artists’ Instagram profiles, to a fundraiser set up for Support Act which provides relief for music industry workers facing mental health issues or financial hardship. You can donate to Support Act’s COVID-19 appeal HERE
So grab your device chargers, pack your snacks and water bottles, this weekend we’re going to socially distance ourselves together again while listening to some of Australia’s best musicians.
Check the weekly lineup, and watch online HERE
KIX Country Radiothon
What a time the music industry is going through!!! Thousands of artists, crew and other music industry professionals have lost their entire livelihoods due to the cancellation of concerts, festivals, tours and shows.
KIX Country along with our mates at Support Act, and the Country Music Association of Australia, have set up this special Radiothon donate page for you, the fans, to donate whatever you can afford to help out our much loved Aussie country music workers, who are currently out of work… who knows how long they’ll be out of work for, so show your support today!
KIX Radiothon is a weekend long national radio event running on May 22nd – 24th, to spread awareness and raising funds for our Aussie music workers during COVID-19.
You may even get a special shoutout from KIX or one of your favourite artists if you donate to our Radiothon, so keep your eyes and ears open!!!
So make your donation today! WE LOVE AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY!!!
** All donations over $2 are tax-deductible ** Donate online HERE
‘I’m Good?’ by Hilltop Hoods
Hilltop Hoods have just released a new song written from, and about isolation titled ‘I’m Good?’, with proceeds from the song going to the Support Act ‘Roadies (Crew) Fund’.
Regarding the release of the song, the band had this to say: ‘It’s a very dark time at the moment, so we wanted to make something light-hearted, we’re hoping that the song might give someone a laugh and maybe lift their spirits. But ultimately what we want to do is raise money for the roadies and associated support crew – including those who have lost their livelihoods due to this pandemic.’
‘Four Days’ by Ali Barter and Oscar Dawson (HOLY HOLY)
The triple j audience, set Ali Barter and Oscar Dawson (HOLY HOLY) the task of writing a song about our current situation we’re all facing, with some twist. They did it in 24hours and is now officially out in all the regular places.
Stage Kings IsoKing Desks
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Australian live events industry experienced an immediate, and complete shutdown, and in the space of just 48 hours, our entire income and job list for the remainder of 2020 (and beyond) was cancelled, with no end in sight. It was the first national industry to completely fall over due to the crisis, and it happened very, very quickly.
But here at Stagekings, we do things differently – we’re not just saying that – we actually do. We are super proud of our creative reputation. We try to get better every day – be more creative, give better service, go harder, bigger. Every time.
So whilst we have felt bitter disappointment, we found the emotion has very quickly morphed into a sense of sheer determination. We will fight hard, and somehow, make it work.
A suggestion came out of the darkness this week from a close friend over in Ireland, the legendary Steve Fox of Flying Elephant Productions. He reminded us that we have a CNC Router, and the people to use it. We have a large warehouse that is kitted out with state of the art carpentry machines, and we have a huge team of specialist and trusted tradespeople on hand. We also now have entire companies, no, industries, having to work from home in Isolation.
So, we have decided to produce work-from-home desks – ‘isolation desks’. As a nod to Stagekings, we’re going to call them The IsoKing desks.
Most importantly for us, we are hoping that this project will keep a number of our good crew off the street and back in work. We also think it’s an appropriate time to give back and share the love, so we’ll also be donating $10 from every order to Support Act – who are supporting workers in the Australian Event Industry who have been – and will continue to be – impacted by COVID-19.
You can purchase IsoKings desks online HERE
Russell Athletic Australia
Russell Athletic have been dressing teams on the field and crews on the streets for over 100 years. Originally the biggest name in American sport apparel and inventor of the original ‘sweatshirt’, Russell Athletic continues to pioneer the streetwear scene with classic styles, colour ways and the iconic Eagle R logo.
Support Act Two-Tone Cord Cap (Pre-order)
Hats Greatest Hits is proud to present the Support Act Two-Tone Cord Cap (Pre-Order).
Just in time for Aus Music T-Shirt day, this incredible lid features lush two-tone thick corduroy.
All profits go towards Support Act – Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.
At a time of unprecedented crisis for those working in the music industry, the work of Support Act is more vital than ever before – so snap up one of these phenomenal caps and help Australia’s musos doing it tough.
Note: this is a Pre-Order. Production will commence in the week of 20 April, with delivery expected approximately 4-8 weeks after that. While we will endeavour to ship out the hats as soon as possible, noting the impact of COVID-19 on freight times, please be patient!
You can purchase hats online HERE
The Dollar Bill Murrays shirts
A poolside daydream with four Brisbane boys having a good time, and making good times.
The Dollar Bill Murrays are selling shirts via The Merch Desk. 50% of profits will go to Support Act the other 50% will go to All Inn Brewing Co.
You can purchase a shirt online HERE
Roadsick Apparel & Let’s Have a Chat Support Act Fundraiser shirts
The complete shutdown of the music industry has sent shockwaves through industry workers, musicians and fans alike. Those who rely on touring as their bread and butter are in an impossible position right now.
You may be asking – “Well, what can I do to help?” Roadsick Apparel & Lets Have The Chat (with the help of designer Cate Pepper :: Graphic Designer + Artist) have joined forces to create some epic merch with all proceeds going to Support Act.
With the world grappling to make sense of all that’s occurring at the moment, it’s the small gestures, the acts of kindness and support we show each other in these extremely difficult times that will get us all through.
With a range of t-shirt designs to pick from, your contribution will really help the music community.
You can order your Support Act fundraiser shirt online HERE
Ella Fence Call Girl T-Shirts
Ella Fence is donating a portion of money made from all ‘Call Girl’ shirts sold to Support Act. ‘Call Girl’ is a self-respect song, about only accepting healthy, balanced, honest relationships.
Purchase shirts at one of Ella’s shows or online HERE
Boy & Bear 2020 Australian Tour
Boy & Bear has partnered with Plus 1 to benefit Support Act and their mission to helping artists, crew and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music. $1 from the sale of each ticket of the shows below will benefit the Greg Weaver Help a Mate Appeal.
All details and ticket links HERE
Armstrong Street ‘Support the Arts’ Fundraiser shirts
“Artists … play an invaluable role in our our country’s culture, identity and workforce. They connect us (and) tell our stories”. *
From Band Aid to Bushfire relief, the Arts community has always rallied in times of crisis to raise funds for affected communities.
As the COVID-19 situation began to affect Australia, the Arts sector was one of the first impacted. The cancellation of live performances and festivals such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival hit the creative community hard, leaving artists and support crew devastated.
During this period of isolation, many of us are turning to art, books, music, film and TV to get us through these difficult times.
Now it’s up to us to support these wonderful, creative folk who make our lives a better, more interesting place.
100% of the profits from all sales will be donated to Arts Organisations supporting and advocating for artists – 50% to Support Act and 50% to National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Artists’ Benevolent Fund.
Purchase shirts online HERE
* Making Art Work, A summary and response by the Australia Council for the Arts
Make Music Day – Sun 21 June, Australia Wide
Despite this uncertainty, we wanted to let you know that Make Music Day will still be happening on June 21. Unlike traditional music festivals, Make Music Day is an open invitation for everyone to make music anywhere and everywhere. We hope to be taking over the streets with music on June 21, but if we can’t, we invite you to join one of the online Make Music Day initiatives that will take place no matter what.
- Live From Home Challenge: Record a musical performance at home on June 21, and tag three friends to challenge them to respond with their own performances.
- Online Music Lessons: Teachers around the world will be offering free, online lessons for a variety of instruments on June 21.
- Street Studios: Be part of a completely improvised music creation session. Record any sound or musical material on June 21st and upload it to one of the “Street Studio” producers, then watch the producer’s livestream as they incorporate it into a musical track created on the spot, using only the submitted materials.
- Bands Undercover: Individuals or bands sign up to cover each other’s original music, and live stream their performances to each other in a unique musical exchange on June 21.
- Young Composers Contest: Composers between the ages of 13-21 are invited to submit short, original compositions for choir by June 1st. A panel of renowned composers will give their feedback on all entries, and will select one winning piece to release on June 21 to the world in a professional performance.
- Global Livestream: a day-long video stream on June 21 will show the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world.
More details for each of these initiatives will be announced soon, but we encourage you to get creative with your own ideas for online and digital activities!
In this time of social distancing, music’s powerful role to bring us together as a community is more important than ever. While physical public gatherings may not be currently accessible, we can still stay connected online and celebrate music.
More information about Make Music Day 2020 can be found HERE
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