The ARCA Desk Tape Series is an initiative of the Australian Road Crew Association
(ARCA), a not for profit organisation dedicated to the welfare of live production crew in
Australia. ARCA is assisted by a collective of industry professionals, all freely giving their energy and time.
The series was created by ARCA to raise funds and resources for Support Act’s Roadies
Fund to provide financial, health, counselling and well being services for crews. ARCA
was approached by Support Act after ARCA made the industry and the wider community aware of the plight of many Roadies who were doing it hard, and they created the Roadies fund together.
Roadies have amassed a treasure trove of live recordings spanning more than 40 years
and made ARCA their custodian. These tapes document the cultural significance of the
Australian live music scene and serve as important historical records, requiring a release to ensure they may never be lost.
Acts including Australian Crawl, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Goanna, The Church, Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Wendy Matthews, Men At Work, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly and Redgum, all expressed a willingness to participate, foregoing their performance royalties to assist the crews who have helped them on their journey. A wonderful gesture of support and recognition. Each release acknowledges just how important roadies have been to making our live
performance industry a stand out success. They offer recognition to the engineers who
documented this wealth of genuine Australian music history.
ARCA has established Black Box Records as the vehicle to promote each release, with
MGM Distribution providing the means for worldwide distribution.
Each release will be distributed worldwide through all major digital and streaming services by MGM Distribution. ARCA will finance short runs of CD’s of each title for sale if feasible. The Desk tape Series will be available through: iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube Music, Google Play, Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok.
ARCA would like to thank the following sponsors of The Desk Tape Series:
Showtech (Rigging), CMI (P.A and Production), Clearlight (Lighting), DSE Trucks (Transport), Scully Outdoors (Outdoor Production), Gigpower (Crewing and Staging), Lock and Load (Crewing), Chameleon Touring (Production and Lighting), JPJ (P.A and Lighting), Novatech (P.A and Lighting), Phaseshift (Lighting), Show FX Australia (Pyrotechnics), Event Personnel (Crewing), Norwest (P.A and Lighting Production), Nprint (Artwork)