Support Act welcomes three new Directors to its Board

Media Release
3 February 2020

 Support Act welcomes three new Directors to its Board

Support Act members elected three new Music Industry Directors to the Board at their AGM held in November. They are David Albert, Alethea Beetson and Tom Larkin. These new Directors replace Mark Callaghan, Cath Haridy, Keith Potger and Fifa Riccobono, who retired following the completion of their terms.

In expressing her thanks to each of the outgoing Directors, Board Chair Sally Howland said: “Each of them has contributed in their own unique ways to not only the success of the organisation, but also as diplomats and advocates in how we are perceived in the wider music community.”

She highlighted Mark’s outstanding efforts in relation to the development and implementation of the Everyone Band project, and the massive job undertaken by Cath in 2016 managing the very successful crowd funding initiative, Band Wagon.

Sally welcomed the new Directors, noting that they are joining the Board of Support Act at an exciting time in the organisation’s development.

“I am pleased to be able to report that Support Act is continuing to grow and develop in response to the needs of the community we serve,” she said. “Each of our new Directors have different skills, experiences and perspectives, and their input and guidance will be invaluable as we continue to provide crisis relief and mental health support to people in need, and to help create a healthier work environment for all people who are working in the music industry.”

More detailed information about David, Alethea and Tom can be found on our website:

Support Act – Bushfire Response

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Like you, all of us at Support Act have been shocked at the scale of devastation unleashed by the current bushfire crisis in Australia.

Our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones, property, animals and/or livelihoods.

Our admiration goes to all those who are fighting the fires and to those who are providing support to affected communities.

We are proud to see the incredible response from the music industry through direct donations to the various relief agencies and through the many wonderful benefit concerts that are being organised over the coming weeks and months.

Support for these concerts is a great way to raise more money for the individuals and communities in need, and to encourage their speedy recovery.

Inevitably, artists, crew and music workers are also among those impacted by the fires, either directly or indirectly.

A reminder that the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline provides free, confidential counselling support to anyone working in Australian music. It is available by calling 1800 959 500.

Our Crisis Relief program provides short term financial and practical support to artists, crew and music workers who are who are facing hardship due to a crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music. For more information visit or call 1300 731 303.

If you would like to donate to our Bushfire Fund, you can do so via our website.


Australian Red Cross: Emergency Grants

APRA AMCOS: Bushfire gig relief: guide to benefit concerts and how to get involved

Ausmusic T-Shirt Day – final tally and a huge thank you!

I am pleased to advise that this year’s Ausmusic T-Shirt Day was a huge success, raising an unbelievable $260,664.

A huge thank you to everyone who set up a team fundraising page, made a donation, rallied their networks, posted their photos to social media, purchased and / or donated proceeds from the sale of t-shirts. Check out our thank you video here.

We were incredibly excited to see Ausmusic T-Shirt Day as the #2 trending item on Australian Twitter on Friday 15 November, and humbled by the many hundreds of messages of support from artists, crew, music workers and music lovers throughout the campaign.

Bragging rights for this year go to Matthew Yau and the incredible fundraising efforts of the Powderworkers, who raised an amazing $15k and topped the leaderboard.

Special thanks to Levi’s and General Pants for the funds that they raised through sales of their limited edition t-shirts.

Support Act would also like to thank ARIA and Triple J for being outstanding campaign partners; and Daryl Braithwaite – with support of Sony Music and Sohn Hearts and Minds Conference – for a very generous donation to the campaign.

In the words of ARIA CEO Dan Rosen: “the true measure of a community can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members”. (Check out our ARIAs video here).

The funds raised will enable Support Act to provide crisis relief and mental health counselling services to more of our colleagues who are doing it tough, and to develop new prevention programs for a healthier music industry – mentally and physically.

Thank you for showing the heart and soul of our industry.

Support Act To Honour Tina Arena At Music In The House 2019

For Release – Friday, 12 April 2019: Support Act is thrilled to announce that this year it will honour internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, musician, musical theatre actress and record and tour producer, Tina Arena AM, with its Excellence in Community Award at its annual fundraising event, Music in the House on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 at Sydney’s Ivy Ballroom.

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