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News October 27, 2015

Support Act launches crowdfunding campaign with rock royalty

Support Act launched their Bandwagon campaign this morning at Allans Billy Hyde’s flagship store in Melbourne.

Bandwagon, a crowdfunding appeal that aims to raise $100,000 for the music industry charity was launched with Alan Crabbe, co-founder and director of Pozible, and several homegrown friends of Support Act, including Ian ’Molly’ Meldrum, Hannah Findlay (Stonefield), Ian Haug (The Church, Powderfinger), Steve Kilbey (The Church), Eric McCusker (Mondo Rock), Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley (The Seekers), together with one of Support Act’s service users, Lilli Lovegrove.

CEO of Allans Billy Hyde, Con Gallin, donated the ultimate pledge for the campaign; a brand new Hyundai i20 Active, automatic five-door Phantom Black Hatchback (supported by Melbourne City Hyundai) and a $10,000 Allans Billy Hyde voucher, aka the Golden Nugget.

During a live cross with the Seven Network’s Sunrise, organisers received a call from Sydney broadcast and creative facility, X Studio, who purchased the Golden Nugget. The studio will also be donating the $10,000 voucher to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia.

Creator of The X Studio, Ron Creevey, said “We absolutely love music and are excited to be a part of its development here in Australia, so when the opportunity came up to donate to help the incredible work of Support Act who directly look after our local music community, we were all in. In the spirit of support for the music industry that we’re so proud to be a part of, rather than keep the musical instruments for in-house at The X Studio, we’re donating these to Nordoff-Robbins for their children’s music therapy program. If it all helps to building a more vibrant, creative, and supportive music industry in Australia, it’s the obvious thing to do.”

Support Act have collaborated with a broad range of music stars, music industry personalities and venues on Bandwagon to offer one-off ’money can’t buy’ experiences, and ’limited edition’ product as rewards for pledges.

The unique packages on offer have been designed to provide extraordinary experiences for music fans and career development opportunities for those seeking a career in music.

These once in a lifetime opportunities include: mentoring sessions with some of the industry’s journalists such as Rolling Stone Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Matt Coyte and renowned music writers from around the country; concert and sporting ticket packages; personalised birthday messages from artists including Tina Arena, John Butler, Reece Mastin and The Potbelleez, and private performances from artists such as Kasey Chambers and The Church.

All the money raised from the campaign will be used by Support Act to help people in crisis. For full terms and conditions that apply to each package visit the official website.

See below for a brief description of campaign packages.

Because You Care

($5.00 package)

Comprising a download of Cut Copy’s Where I’m Going and a shout out to each pledger in a specially produced lyrical video

Get On Board

($25.00 package)

A download of Cut Copy’s Where I’m Going and a Support Act bumper sticker

Original artwork from Steve Kilbey

Bandwagon Showbag

($50.00 package)

A download of Cut Copy’s Where I’m Going and a Support Act bumper sticker

Digital copy of Sheppard’s cover of Billy Thorpe’s Most People I Know

Original artwork from Steve Kilbey

Heart of the Wagon

($100.00 package)

A download of Cut Copy’s Where I’m Going and a Support Act bumper sticker

A digital copy of Margot Smith’s 1993 song, Dream

Original artwork from Steve Kilbey

The Birthday Wagon

($250.00 package)

Especially recorded, happy birthday video messages from some of  Australia’s most well-known musicians

Clare Bowditch

Eddie Perfect

Felix Riebl (Cat Empire)

Guy Sebastian

Ian Moss

John Butler

John Williamson

Josh Pyke

Katie Noonan

Mahalia Barnes

Paul Dempsey


Prinnie Stevens

Reece Mastin

Richard Clapton

San Cisco

Seth Sentry

Tina Arena

Violent Soho

Fireside Chat

($500.00 package)

A one on one, one hour, face to face or Skype chat with a huge selection of Australia’s most respected musicians, music industry and media experts.

Bernard Zuel (Sydney Morning Herald)

Bill Cullen (One Louder management)

Brett Cottle (APRA | AMCOS)

Cameron Adams (Herald Sun)

Harry James Angus (Cat Empire)

Ian Kenny (Birds of Tokyo)

Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment)

Dan Rosen (ARIA)

Hilltop Hoods

John Watson (Eleven: A Music Company)

Kirk Pengilly (INXS)

Matt Coyte (Rolling Stone)

Noel Mengel (Courier Mail)

Paul Dempsey (Something for Kate)

Simon Collins (The West Australian)

Bumper Entertainment Wagon

($1,000.00 package)

A live music extravaganza comprising double passes to some of the biggest and best

A Day On The Green

Allianz Stadium (SCG Trust)

Frontier Touring

Nine Live


The Dainty Group

Season Seats

($2,500.00 package)

Etihad Stadium

Songs for the Road

($3,500.00 package)

Contains the opportunity to work with one of our top Australian Producers on a song and have that track submitted for A&R feedback with an industry expert

Dennis Dowlut (SA)

Eric J (NSW)

Joel Quartermain (WA)

Louis Schoorl (NSW)

Magoo (QLD)

Michael Szumowski (NSW)

Mitch Kenny (NSW)

Robert Conley (NSW)

Scott Horscroft (NSW)

Tony Buchen (NSW)

A Feast with Friends

($10,000.00 package)

A two course meal in a private restaurant dining room with a private acoustic concert for 12 with a some of Australia most legendary artists

Eskimo Joe

Hoodoo Gurus

Kasey Chambers

Marcia Hines


The Church

Tim Finn

The Preatures

The Golden Nugget

($25,000.00 package)

Allans Billy Hyde


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