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, artist manager, crew or music worker’s contribution to Australian music.
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.
Kelly Dingeldei – Musician
Support Act service user Kelly Dingledei talks about the assistance she received from Support Act in a time of need.
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.
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.
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.”