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The Australian Road Crew

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ARCA thanks Nik Tischler & Live Nation.



Live Nation Australia & New Zealand have just donated $15,000 to Support Act, "on behalf of the valued staff and contractors that help Live Nation produce hundreds of events each year. Without the commitment of every individual, whether driver, marketer, tour manager or roadie, we couldn't do what we do."

Thanks go out to Jo Cave and Howard Freeman for their incredible effort to make this happen. 

Live Nation is intending to announce a formal charitable giving policy in the near future.

"I would like to think that this is the start of an ongoing relationship between our Company and your Organisation(s). My support for the work that ARCA and Support Act do is steadfast - I will continue to do anything I can to assist those in our community that have reached out. To this end we will continue ongoing conversations and ideas about how our companies can work together going forward." - Nik Tischler 

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Donate to the ‘Noddy’ O’Donnell appeal

Donate to the ‘Noddy’ O’Donnell appeal

Mark O’Donnell, known as Noddy, has worked behind the scenes for many Aussie and international artists, including Kevin Borich and Richard Clapton. He has been tour manager for the likes of Icehouse, The Pointer Sisters, Hot Chocolate, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Eric Burdon, Dragon, Cheap Trick, America, Lori Morgan, Omen International and Selwyn Miller.

Sadly Noddy has recently been diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. He is based in the USA. His family and friends here in Australia have set up this appeal to help cover his medical and care home costs. Thank you for any support you can give.

You can donate by clicking DONATE below and you will receive a tax deductible receipt by return email for all gifts over $2.


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The Desk Tape Series

The Desk Tape Series

ARCA is excited to announce the launch of The Desk Tapes Series. The CD and Limited Edition Cassette are now availble from our online store (both include an immediate digital audio download).

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The series will be launched through all major digital download and streaming platforms on Friday November 10th with the release of Redgum’s 1985 performance at the Melkweg in Amsterdam.

Acts including Australian Crawl, The Church, Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Jo Jo Zep, Wendy Matthews, Men At Work, Mental As Anything, Midnight Oil, The Models, and Paul Kelly have expressed a willingness to participate and assist the crews who helped them on their journey.

Each release acknowledges just how important roadies have been to making our live performance industry a stand out success. They offer recognition to the engineers who documented this wealth of genuine Australian music history.

All proceeds generated by the Desk Tape Series will be used solely for the betterment of crew. The roadie who’s legacy provided these valuable cultural assets, will receive a share of profit and ARCA will retain 20% to help continue our services, with the balance going directly to the Roadies Fund, established expressly to assist roadies in crisis through our partnership with leading industry charity Support Act.

ARCA wishes to acknowledge our sponsors, without whom these releases would not be possible!

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Frontier Donates $10,000

Frontier Donates $10,000

Support Act is delighted to acknowledge a donation of $10,000 made by Frontier Touring. The funds have been earmarked to help road crew in crisis. Many would say that roadies have the hardest jobs in music: the hours are late and long, the physical demands take their toll and much of life is lived on the road. So it is perhaps no surprise that Support Act's second largest group of service users is roadies. Frontier's donation will be deployed to make a difference to the unsung heroes of music.

Michael Gudinski said “its with great pleasure that Frontier continues to be committed to support some of the hardest working people in the music business"

Ian Peel, of the Australian Road Crew Association said "ARCA is extremely thankful and buoyed by the recognition Michael and Frontier have given all crew by their generous donation."

Anyone wishing to donate to the roadies' fund may do so online at and selecting "ROADIES" in the donation field. All donations of $2 or more Into the Roadies Fund will receive a tax deductible receipt, issued by Support Act.

Click here... to make a donation

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Vale John (Peko) Petkovich

Vale John (Peko) Petkovich
John “Peko” Petkovitch passed away on Saturday 26th August in Perth while undergoing chemo. Peko was the ex-drummer for the Mixtures. He had put his hand up to help ARCA make a noise in the world, to bring awareness for what crew have contributed to the industry, and to keep the help going for those that need it.

R.I.P Peko. Your efforts will be missed.

Tim Bradsmith in Perth has now taken up the cause to help us.
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