Support Act serves the music industry from many lands, and pays respect to all Elders past and present. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as this continent’s original and continuous artists, musicians, dancers and storytellers of the world’s oldest continuing culture.
We accept the generous invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.
We have been guided by our First Nation’s Advisory Committee, but acknowledge there will be a range of views. We support thoughtful and respectful engagement about the referendum – an opportunity to walk together toward truth-telling and recognition.
Support Act remains committed to its core principle of providing assistance without judgement, and reconfirms that its programs and services are available to all music workers irrespective of their individual positions on the referendum. We are also committed to providing culturally intelligent support to First Nations music workers as outlined in our First Nations Strategic Plan.
We recognise discussion around the Voice to Parliament Referendum can be stressful, particularly for First Nations music workers, regardless of their position. If you or someone you know requires assistance, we have several resources available including the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline on 1800 959 500.
Our hope is that through the Voice to Parliament, and following the path outlined in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, we can all take steps towards reconciliation and inclusivity, fostering a stronger, united land that values the voices and wellbeing of all people, past, present and future.
Our service offerings include:
● The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline isa free, confidential phone counselling service available to anyone who works in Australian music or the arts by calling 1800 959 500. The dedicated First Nation Support Line is option 3.
● Crisis Relief Grants and support are available to musicians, managers, crew and music workers across all genres experiencing financial hardship as the result of illness, injury, mental health, older age or another current crisis that is impacting their ability to work in music.
● Other mental health resources feature a wealth of evidence-based information, articles, videos, plus app and book recommendations, specifically curated for those who work in music.