Whilst Support Act is a charity, we prefer to think of any financial assistance we are able to give as a grant, awarded in acknowledgment of an artist or music worker’s contribution to Australian music.
Please meet the following people whom we’ve helped and who have kindly allowed us to share their stories:
Neill Duncan is a professional saxophonist who lost his arm due to an aggressive form of cancer. This is his story.
Neill is a professional saxophonist. In late 2012 Neill lost his left arm to sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, leaving him unable to continue as a professional saxophone player. A close friend of Neill’s, refusing to give up on his friend and colleague, found a specialist overseas who builds instruments from scratch, in this case a one handed sax. Support Act contacted Neill to see how we could help and paid for the new saxophone.
“That’s amazing. Finding out what life’s really about. The beauty of really appreciating what I’ve had, what I’ve got and the amazing support that I’ve had from Support Act.”
DJ Jack McCord
Jack speaks about the help he and his family received after a serious motorbike accident
Stuart Fraser, Julia Why?, Jack McCord and Howard Freeman
talk about their experiences with Support Act’s services
Julia speaks about her mental health struggles and how SA helped
Jo Bailey O’Reilly, Sabrina Lawrie and Mick Skelton
“A short interview on their experiences with Support Act and how we helped.
The late Carol Lloyd, professional musician
“Support Act were our angels.”
Support Act speaks with a number of musicians and music workers
about the challenges of working in music, and how Support Act has been able to help.
Feat: Jimmy Barnes, Marcia Hines,Tim Levinson (Urthboy), Peter Black, Lilli Lovegrove, The Potbelleez, Neill Duncan, Sheppard, Kav Temperley, Lindy Morrison.
Andy McDonell professional musician
“There needs to be someone like Support Act there in times of crisis, because there is no one else.”
“For my whole life it was just him and I. It happened out of nowhere, his passing. Finance wasn’t something I was thinking about at all before then.”
“I’m very grateful for the assistance provided by Support Act. It has improved my quality of life enormously and has given me the confidence to perform again.”
A Roadie’s story
as told by our Melbourne based social worker, Carina Hillmann
“I have been working alongside one of our Melbourne based service users over recent months, a roadie who has found himself in the vicious cycle of homelessness, following the tragic death of his housemate and consequent eviction. He spent several months couch surfing, worried he was outstaying his welcome. We were able to provide some financial support to keep him afloat, while also connecting him with local housing organisations, advocating on his behalf, liaising with services and providing information and support to the service user through this difficult time. I was recently informed that he was successful in obtaining housing, and has moved into a small studio apartment – providing him with stability, a sense of belonging and safety. The best news? He has been reunited with his dog which gives him the strength to continue his cancer treatment and focus on his physical and mental health.”
A Widow’s Story
“My contact with Support Act began in August 2016. At the time, my husband, Congolese musician Passi Jo, was in hospital undergoing treatment for cancer. Support Act understood the difficulty of trying to manage without a car (which had been written off) and we were granted support for the purchase of a replacement vehicle, which was a huge relief, given that Jo was no longer able to earn from doing gigs and my work as a visual artist and lecturer was sessional and sporadic. When Passi Jo passed away towards the end of 2016, Support Act contributed to the cost of his funeral, which again was a massive help. At this most difficult and devastating time in my life, Lindy’s concern was about my welfare as Passi Jo’s wife. I was really struggling on one very low income, and once again, she encouraged me to make a further application. At that stage I wasn’t aware that Support Act also offered spousal assistance. I felt valued and very grateful for the financial assistance we received, as well as the emotional and psychological support. In times of crisis, this organisation goes from the support act to the headline act. ”