Australian Musical Legends Come Together To Support Artists, Crew and Music Workers In Crisis By Performing At The Genre-Bending All-Star Benefit Concert, Support Act Live! on SUNDAY APRIL 5

Musicians are always the first to volunteer their creative talents to perform at benefit concerts for a range of worthy causes, and this time the cause is their own friends and colleagues. On Sunday 5 April, from 6 pm at the Paddington RSL, some of Australia’s biggest name musicians from the rock, gospel, opera, disco, country and funk genres will band together to help artists, crew and music workers in need. Support Act Live! is a benefit concert to raise money for Support Act, the music industry’s charity.

Support Act provides crisis relief and mental health and wellbeing services to people in the music community who are doing it tough.

Support Act Live! is being held in conjunction with Roady4Roadies, CrewCare’s national day of awareness to shine a light on the important role of production crew in bringing us the live music we love, while raising desperately needed funds to help those in crisis.
“Musicians and their crews need help too! Music Industry Professionals may seem to be invincible and unbreakable, through relentless scheduling & over burdening commitments, in an always more challenging industry economy…  until the inevitable happens, they break.  In some cases, taking years to recover, if at all.”
(Barton and David, Support Act Live Producers)

Performing on the night will be

  • Steve Kilbeyfrom The Church
  • Actor John Jarratt… who knew, the Wolfcan sing!
  • Jade MacRae, soul songstress
  • Amanda Brownand Lindy Morrisonof the Go-Betweens
  • The funky voice of SkunkhourAya Larkin
  • Gospel choirof angels Café at The Gates of Salvation
  • Operasensation Simon Lobelson.
  • Country croonerTerry Serio
  • And the voice of Gangajang, Mark Callaghan

They’ll be ably supported by their all-star backing band, The Band of Helping Hands starring …

  • On lead guitar,Dave Leslie, from the Baby Animals
  • Bass player from Divinyls and Hoodoo GurusRick Grossman 
  • Lucy Desoto, the bluesiestgirl in town, on piano
  • GuitaristDavid Skeetfrom The Venetians
  • FunksterPaul Bertonon guitar
  • ModelsBarton Priceon drums and Roger Mason on synthesisers and theremin.

Support Act Live!

  • Sunday 5 April 2020
  • Paddo RSL. 220-232 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW, 2021
  • Doors open 6 pm
  • Tickets:$30 through OzTix and at the door. Free entry to Roady4Roadies participants (wearing Tee Shirt)
  • For more information on Support Act, go to

Media Contacts: 
Stuart Coupe
Barton Price


Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to music artists and music workers as a result of financial hardship, ill health, injury or mental health issues.

Established in 1997, their goal is to provide breathing space to help members of the music industry to get back on track when they have hit a tough patch or need breathing space. Their assistance can take the form of paying the rent or the mortgage, buying a bed or wheelchair, paying for car repairs, paying medical, dental, phone, electricity bills, or a credit card debt. Support Act provide referrals to other support services and funding for funerals. They support friends and family seeking to raise funds for an artist or music worker in crisis through their Help a Mate program.

Support Act help music workers of all kinds: artists, songwriters, composers, musicians, roadies, techies, managers, staffers and journalists; and from all genres: contemporary, urban, electronic, RnB, classical, country, jazz, folk etc. They treat every request for help confidentially and make no judgement about people’s circumstances.

About CrewCare:
CrewCare is a membership based, not-for-profit charity, whose member elected board is a collective of caring, like minded volunteers, dedicated to improving the welfare of Australian technical and creative live production professionals and their families. 
CrewCare has been established to provide practical support to those industry crew who are suffering hardship and to effect change for the better in crew welfare – personally, financially and professionally.
This support includes access to crisis relief and mental health services through its relationship with Support Act, as well as advocacy, education and research.
To raise funds and awareness for CrewCare’s work, we are again holding Roady4Roadies on Sunday April 5th.
Roady4Roadies is a series of events being held across Australia, with all proceeds going to the Support Act Crew Fund.