Support Act’s longest-running fundraising event, Music In The House, returned to The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney tonight.

Leaders from across the music industry and beyond attended the sold out event in celebration of music legend, Marcia Hines AM, who was honoured with the prestigious Excellence in the Community Award for her contribution to music and the community.

Marcia Hines AM, said: “It is an honour to have received Support Act’s Excellence in the Community Award surrounded by my friends and colleagues. I’d also particularly like to thank my friends John Waters, Courtney Act, Tania Doko, Damien Leith, Brendan Maclean and Natalie Gauci for lending their incredible talents and making it a night I’ll never forget.”

Hosted by Courtney Act, the night featured stunning acoustic performances of Marcia’s classics by Tania Doko with Janine Maunder, Damien Leith, Brendan Maclean with Oliver Cameron and Natalie Gauci.

“Marcia is a star who is still shining brightly and it was a privilege to present her with the Support Act Excellence in the Community Award,” said Clive MiIler, CEO of Support Act. “Marcia’s career, which has spanned over five decades, is a huge achievement in itself, and her mentorship of young artists, work for people with diabetes and allyship of the LGBTQIA+ community make her a truly worthy recipient.

“We thank everyone who contributed to such a magical evening, including our wonderful musicians, John Waters, sponsors and guests, without whom we couldn’t have made it happen.”

The night was a huge success, with the ticket sales, auctions and raffle raising over $150k, which will go towards helping music workers in need through its crisis relief, mental health and wellbeing programs, and the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline.

Support Act also unveiled its brand new diversity, equity and inclusion training program – Voices Amplified and a money management and financial wellbeing 101 program, Money Moves.

The five-hour Voices Amplified program for music-based organisations aims to empower participants to challenge systemic barriers, address unconscious biases and foster respectful relationships with First Nations communities.

Money Moves is a free, self-paced eLearning program features three easy to consume chapters with videos and fact sheets on a wide range of topics from financial health and goals to super, tax, debt and savings.

Music In The House was created in 2006 as an opportunity for Support Act to recognise someone in Australian music for their musicianship and their broader contribution to the community. Over the past 17 years, the event has celebrated many wonderful Australian artists including Midnight Oil, Tina Arena, Paul Kelly and Uncle Archie Roach; featured heartfelt and moving testimony from their peers regarding their influence and impact on their lives; and raised tens of thousands of dollars for music workers doing it tough.