Current Online Community Fundraising

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.

The IsoKing Desks - Order Online

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

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The Reservoir Room

Multi-award-winning Australian entertainer Catherine Alcorn has not been idle during the COVID-19 isolation period having joined forces with Sydney TV/Film producer Brian Cobb. Catherine Alcorn, together with three-time Gold Logie nominee, Rodger Corser will host Australia’s newest virtual venue The Reservoir Room

The Reservoir Room will live-stream the Nation’s most loved entertainers and fresh faces from theatre, live music, cabaret and drag directly to homes via a digital platform every Friday and Saturday night. 

Born from the necessity to resurrect Sydney’s live entertainment scene, a dedicated group of industry professionals have collaborated to unveil The Reservoir Room – a hidden gem located within the iconic Paddington Town Hall. 

From Friday 5 June Catherine Alcorn and Rodger Corser will host a brand-new weekly variety show, Friday night Live. Immediately following on Saturday 6 June will be a curated Saturday night cabaret and live music program, showcasing various acts and artists within our Industry. Friday Night Live Variety and Saturday Night Live Cabaret & music performances will be repeated every weekend. Using a four-camera set up The Reservoir Room ensures the highest production values delivered to homes via its own social network platform. 

Host Rodger Corser says: “We’ve all been missing live performances; getting out to gigs; going to see theatre, cabaret and comedy. As we still can’t get to shows, we’ve devised a plan where we bring the show to you. The Reservoir Room is a throw back to live and dangerous TV, crossed with the personal and intimate feel you get from being in the audience of a great live show. You’ll get to see great gigs but also be taken backstage where we have a drink, a chat and a laugh with the stars in the Green Room. All streamed into your home, Friday and Saturday nights, It’s a great way to kick start the weekend and to be honest with Cath and myself at the helm…. anything could happen!” 

Upcoming artists confirmed to appear include Ben Mingay, Wharf Revue stars Phil Scott and Jonathan Biggins, Erika Heynatz, Ilan Kidron (The Potbelleez), Mark Trevorrow, Blake Bowden, Marney McQueen, Matt Copley, Verushka Darling, The Divine Miss Bette, Ben Gerrard, The James Sarno Quintet with many more to be announced. Daniel Edmonds (9 to 5, CHICAGO, Dream Lover) will Musically Direct Friday Night Live. 

Cobbstar Studios and The Reservoir Room are part of the City of Sydney’s Creative Spaces Initiative 

Tickets available from June 1 on a ‘pay what you feel’ basis starting at $5.00 A percentage of proceeds will be made to Actors Benevolent Fund and Support Act. Book online HERE

Clap Hands - Hand Sanitiser - Purchase Online

ICLAP HANDS Hand Sanitiser by Composting Toilet Systems

Composting Toilet Systems have been providing hand sanitiser to events for over 10 years.  Just as we are passionate about creating compost and closing the loop we want to support our homegrown arts industry.  Like many people affected by the Covid 19 restrictions we want to help the arts sector get back on its feet, while innovating our own business.

That is why for every litre sold of hand sanitiser we are donating 30c to Support Act and creating employment for a safe return to a thriving arts culture.  Support Act is the only charity delivering crisis relief to musicians and arts workers as a result of financial hardship, ill health, injury or mental health issues.

Clap Hands Sanitiser is made in Melbourne from Australian sourced ethanol.  Our unique and durable designed brackets and stands are also made locally.

Whether you’re a club, venue, organisation or business we can put our hands together to support the arts and Clap Hands!

Purchase online HERE

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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

Boy & Bear 2020 Australian tour

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.

1 Nov 2020 – The River, Margaret River
2 Nov 2020 – Perth Concert Hall, Perth (AA)
4 Nov 2020 – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns
5 Nov 2020 – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns
6 Nov 2020 –  JCU Uni Bar, Townsville
7 Nov 2020 – CBD Hotel, Mackay
12 Nov 2020 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (AA)
13 Nov 2020 – Waves, Wollongong
14 Nov 2020 – UC Refectory, Canberra
19 Nov 2020 – The Cube, Wodonga
20 Nov 2020 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne (AA)
21 Nov 2020 – The Gov, Adelaide
26 Nov 2020 – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane
27 Nov 2020 – Nightquarter, Sunshine Coast
28 Nov 2020 – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff

 

All details and ticket links HERE

'I'm Good?' - Purchase or Listen Online

‘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.’

If you are able, please consider donating to Support Act and directing your donation to the “Roadies (Crew) Fund.” https://supportact.org.au/crewcare/

Listen/ purchase online HERE

'Isolation' - Purchase or Listen Online

‘Isolation’ by Vanessa Amorosi

Vanessa Amorosi has released her latest track ‘ISOLATION’ from her upcoming album The Blacklisted Collection. All proceeds from this track will be donated to Support Act.

Listen/ purchase online HERE

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‘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.

All of its proceeds from anyone, listening or buying the song, will get into the hands of Support Act – to help those in music that are getting hit hard by the disappearance of work fitting their skills right now.

Listen/purchase online HERE

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‘Beyond’ by Music Place Productions

When live music disappeared overnight The Music Place (specialty brass and woodwind shop located in South Melbourne) put out a call for expressions of interest for a new original work composition as a way of doing something small to support the community. Scott van Gemert was commissioned to write a tune addressing themes arising from the global pandemic and their local impact on the music industry.

Once complete, fantastic Melbourne musicians brought it to life. We recorded, mixed and mastered it and it’s now available for sale with all proceeds being donated to Support Act.

Released June 21, 2020
Commissioned by The Music Place May 2020

You can purchase or listen through Bandcamp online HERE

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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

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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

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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

Desk Tape Series: TISM Live at the Corner Hotel 1988 - Purchase Online

Desk Tape Series: TISM, Live At The Corner Hotel 1988

The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) continues with its Desk Tape Series – live shows by major Australian acts taped for perpetuity by their sound engineers – to raise funding for road crew that may need help before, during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

All costs directly relating to The Desk Tape Series releases will be deducted from gross, after which the balance will be split 20% to ARCA and 80% to the Support Act “Roadies” fund. This fund was formed by Support Act and ARCA.

ARCA established Black Box Records as the platform to promote each release, with MGM Distribution providing worldwide distribution.

TISM (This Is Serious Mum) formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1982. Their collision of electro pop, vicious satire and performance art, made them one of the country’s most popular live acts and even saw them achieve mainstream chart success.

Hiding behind masks, pseudonyms and elaborate stage costumes, TISM turned every performance and interview into an art event. In one such interview, journalists were stood at the opposite end of a football ground to the band, and forced to communicate via megaphone. On their first appearance on national TV in Australia, TISM appeared with 28 fully costumed members, performing their latest single, ‘Saturday Night Palsy’

TISM shows featured all manner of distractions, including debating competitions, an onstage wedding, a stock market simulation, a full costume performance of Shakespeare, a ‘Save Our TISM’ telethon, and even a show where two TISMs performed simultaneously at either ends of the venue.

The 1988 gig at the Corner was a more stripped-down affair, however it still saw the band revving two lawn mowers onstage during the set, highly dangerous behaviour in those pre-safety-conscious days of overcrowded venues.

Find out more about the Desk Tape series HERE. Purchase or stream TISM Live at the Corner Hotel 1998 HERE

Desk Tape Series: Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band Live at Ormond Hall 2011 - Purchase Online

Desk Tape Series: Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Live at Ormond Hall 2011

The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) continues with its Desk Tape Series – live shows by major Australian acts taped for perpetuity by their sound engineers – to raise funding for road crew that may need help before, during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

All costs directly relating to The Desk Tape Series releases will be deducted from gross, after which the balance will be split 20% to ARCA and 80% to the Support Act “Roadies” fund. This fund was formed by Support Act and ARCA.

ARCA established Black Box Records as the platform to promote each release, with MGM Distribution providing worldwide distribution.

The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band emerged in the early 1970s playing a mix of jugband, swing, blues, cabaret and jazz.

They incorporated underground theatre, circus, visual arts, counter culture politics, irreverent humour and vaudeville routines as tap dancing, juggling and fire-eating, and became one of the biggest bands of that time.

The Ormond Hall in Melbourne was their spiritual home. So it’s not surprising that when they reunited as an eight piece in 2011 for the Reignited Tour, they would return there for a three night run.

“The audience was always crazy when we played there,” says Matchbox’s long time sound engineer Ian Bowles, who recorded the tapes with Ormond Hall’s house engineer Tim Marmach.

Live At Ormond Hall 2011 includes all their stage favourites, including “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes”, “That Cat is High”, “Smoke Dreams of You”, “Hernando’s Hideaway”, “The Masochism Tango” and their famed set-closer “Wangaratta Wahine”.

Find out more about the Desk Tape series HERE. Purchase or stream Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band’s Live At Ormond Hall 2011 HERE

Desk Tape Series: Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons’ Live At San Remo, NYE 1976 - Purchase Online

Desk Tape Series: Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Live At San Remo, NYE 1976 

The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) continues with its Desk Tape Series – live shows by major Australian acts taped for perpetuity by their sound engineers – to raise funding for road crew that may need help before, during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

All costs directly relating to The Desk Tape Series releases will be deducted from gross, after which the balance will be split 20% to ARCA and 80% to the Support Act “Roadies” fund. This fund was formed by Support Act and ARCA.

ARCA established Black Box Records as the platform to promote each release, with MGM Distribution providing worldwide distribution.

Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons were one of the most powerful bands to emerge out of the Melbourne clubs in the mid-70s – with a glorious blend of originals and obscure covers with tight musicianship and a laddish sense of entertainment.

They were fronted by ball of energy Joe Camilleri who sang and played sax, and his nickname derived from Giuseppe, the Maltese name for Joseph gave the new band their name.

Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons hit the ground running. Within weeks they were packing out clubs, eventually playing 300 shows a year around the country and abroad.

Live At San Remo, NYE 1976 features Wayne Burt classics as the blues ballads “King Of Fools” and “I Need Your Loving (I Remember)”, the swamp rock guitar interplay “Dancing Shoes”, the horn driven tribute to Willie Dixon “Yes Indeed” while “Beating Around The Bush” from the Oz movie soundtrack is a formidable performance with horns and guitars whipping around each other. The opening track of Live at San Remo NYE 1976 John “Boodle” Power plays bass and sings the Muddy Waters blues classic “Just to be With You”

Their covers were not obvious ones. Camilleri would go to hip underground record stores and find imported R&B, jazz and soul compilations.

From these came Joe Liggins’ cool shuffle “The Honeydripper”, Louis Jordan’s 1958 “Barnyard Boogie (Boogie In The Barnyard)” and rollicking 1949 “Saturday Night At The Fish Fry” and Sammy Kershaw’s 1958 hit “All In The Same Boat”. They were discoveries for much of the crowd and became live favourites.

Dave Ridoutt’s tape captures the last blaze of glory for the original lineup.

Find out more about the Desk Tape series HERE

Desk Tape Series: Australian Crawl, Live at Billboard 1981 - Purchase Online

Desk Tape Series: Australian Crawl, Live At Billboard 1981

The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) continues with its Desk Tape Series – live shows by major Australian acts taped for perpetuity by their sound engineers – to raise funding for road crew that may need help before, during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

All costs directly relating to The Desk Tape Series releases will be deducted from gross, after which the balance will be split 20% to ARCA and 80% to the Support Act “Roadies” fund. This fund was formed by Support Act and ARCA.

ARCA established Black Box Records as the platform to promote each release, with MGM Distribution providing worldwide distribution.

Australian Crawl: Live At Billboard 1981 was recorded as the band from Victoria’s surf coast Mornington Peninsula, hit its strides as a live act.

They consisted of singer James Reyne, drummer Bill McDonough, rhythm guitar and vocals Guy McDonough, bassist Paul Williams, lead guitarist Simon Binks and rhythm guitarist Brad Robinson.

Their healthy swimming and surfing passions initially gave the band a surfer and college student following before they became household names.

By the time of the Billboard show, Australian Crawl had sold 600,000 copies of their first two albums The Boys Light Up and Sirocco, and voted the most popular group at the 1981 Countdown Awards.

They were breaking attendance records at clubs around the country. They drew 100,000 to Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne and 90,000 to The Domain in Sydney.

The 20 songs on Australian Crawl: Live At Billboard ’81 include all their hits at the time, as ‘Beautiful People’, ‘Downhearted’, ‘Errol’, ‘Things Don’t Seem’, ‘Lakeside’ and ‘Oh No Not You Again’.

There are also album standouts as ‘Unpublished Critics’ (written by Reyne and Williams), ‘Indisposed’ and ‘Love Boys’ (which Bill wrote about two of their road crew), reviews of the next album (‘Daughters Of The Northern Coast’ got its first airing this night) and crowd-punching covers as ‘Six Days On The Road’ and ‘Slow Down’.

The year after, Crawl went on to have another #1 album with their third album Sons Of Beaches.

Find out more about the Desk Tape series HERE. Purchase or stream Australian Crawl Live at Billboard 19981 HERE

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