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.”