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2019 ARCA update...woo hoo

Annual News Letter:

We at ARCA hope all you magnificent bastards and bastardettes had a great Xmas and New Year. A bit overdue but here is an update.

Welcome 2019

2018 was one hell of a year for ARCA, and there has been much division and fractured relationships because of it. Roadies dont do that to Roadies.

Let’s all hope that this culture does not continue. Totally unnececesary. It is non conducive to the betterment of our collective aim, to help our mates. 

If it wasnt for ARCA the SA "Roadies" fund would not exist. If it wasnt for ARCA a lot of help would not have got out there to those that need it. If it wasnt for ARCA the awareness would not be happening. Lots of rungs on the board for the right reasons. If someone wants to help by contributing their ideas and time for the benefit and help of others, let them and give them support. Anyone receiving help would be grateful that people take their time to do it.

All hail crew !!!

On a sombre note we lost members this year;-

Jimi Bostock

Bill Dart

Chris Deutscher

Tony Ellison

Rick Kidner

Shane Letch

Lee Marsh

Simon Moran

Mark O'Donnell

Richard Pacholski

Warren Peryman

Kevin Richards

Peter Smith

Beau Southey

Jon Summerhayes

Don Tittmarsh

Fred van den Brouke

Derek Watkins

Barbara Williams 

Always remembered. Raise your glass for them...Has anyone made a phone call today ????????

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Read above. A gig to raise money for ARCA. If your in Qld drop in. A great cause and a good night. Thanx to those who put it together. Apparently Stuart Coupe will be attending. Onya Stuart. 

ARCA is and always will be the collective of crew, the collective backbone of the Aussie music industry. The addition to ARCAs list of sponsors and benefactors to assist ARCA and  Support Act (SA), with Clive Miller as the new SA CEO, is nothing short of a miracle of hard work to gain social and welfare support for our members.

There are behind the scenes goings on for Support Act which has been conducted by those that left ARCA. ARCA has not been asked to attend, support or requested to let its members know re Roady4roadies, which was originally a New Zealand initiative to help crew over the ditch. Over $20k was raised in NZ. ARCA supports this Aussie intiative and will help it if asked and we urge all to take part. Any sponsor or organisation who endeavours to raise donations to support crew via the SA "Roadies" fund is welcome. Even if they are not run by "Roadies". Its all a good cause. 

The "Roadies " fund is a great collaberation between SA and ARCA. "A Whole Lotta Love" going out to help crew that need it. ARCA continues to visit people in hospital and communicate in many other ways. Quite often its private and members wishes are respected for privacy. The look on faces when you walk into hospital tells a thousand stories. They are not alone. This is about more than raising money, although that is useful to assist help. Has anyone called in on someone??? ARCA has managed to put in so far over $15k into the fund.

Big thanx to Stuart Coupe for all his efforts getting a bunch of good roadie stories in a book called "Roadies". Stuart’s book is a wonderful piece of history of the Aussie music industry with some great stories from crew’s perspectives. A tribute and sign of great respect for what crew have contributed to the Aussie music industry, and who have helped pioneer the growth of. Incredible effort. The 2 book launches raised over $10k for the SA Roadies fund. Thanx Stuart....

Paul Hawkes is making a fantastic effort in organising the next reunion which will be in Adelaide next year, spreading it around the country. Awesome! Anyone that can help Paul let him know.

A big shout out of thanks goes to Tim Bradsmith for organising the Perth reunion this year, great effort and even made Gruzzle feel his age...

Oh and here is a ARCA CBA bank statement thing that was requested...
Opening balance - Total debits + Total credits = Closing balance

$15,027.19  $          79.72             Nil                 $14,947.47 CR

All sponsors financial support for the Desk Tape Series is safe and is ongoing with their full support. ARCA has raised over $1500 for the Roadies fund from the first release, Redgum Live in Amsterdam. Thanks to John Schumann and Redgum for their support. Fantastic effort. Dave Harding  is onto the series and any help would be appreciated. Its a great idea with a positive outcome. 

We crew are very grateful for the support from so many. Awareness and support is crucial to give crew the recognition that they deserve and some self worth and dignity.

Best regards from all of us at ARCA and thanx goes to all sponsors and all those that have put their hands up to help.

Heres to 2019. Dont be afraid to put your hand up.

“Looking after our OWN with FEELING and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE”



Our Vision is to bring together the Collective Backbone of the Australian Music Industry, Past, Present and Future Australian Road Crew, and ensure the health and wellbeing of its members


Our Mission is to promote, facilitate and encourage social interaction and wellbeing of its members and associates past, present and future We do this by:-

 Encouraging past, present and future Australian Road crew to join our membership as a collective

 Facilitating social media forums whereby ARCA’s members can openly communicate

 Facilitate social gatherings in each state, whereby past, present and future members can get together

 Facilitate and distribute regular emails, newsletters, social media posts to inform our members of upcoming events, “those in need”, education and mentoring opportunities, fundraising opportunities and the like

 To encourage and promote interaction and contact between our members especially for:- welfare checks, mentoring, mateship, friendship ongoing support, share our stories, knowledge and experience.

 To facilitate and encourage fundraising opportunities so as we can continue to support “those in need” within our Australian Road Crew Community: - through the Roadies Fund via Support Act through ARCA Direct

 To promote ARCA to the wider community and public to enhance more awareness of ARCA and crew

 To facilitate and promote education, awareness and mentorship for those present and future particularly focusing on Health and Welfare.

 To promote acknowledgement, respect and recognition of those past, present and future of Australian Road crew

 To ensure the legacy of ARCA continues to serve its members and the Australian Road Crew as the Collective Backbone of the Australian Music Industry.

It has been said that everlasting friends go long periods of time without speaking and never question their friendship.

These friends pick up the phone like they just spoke yesterday, regardless of how long it has been or how far away they live and they don’t hold grudges.

They understand that life is busy and you will always love them…

We are roadies.
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Incredible book of truth release

Incredible book of truth release
Media Release: 4 September 2018
Chugg Entertainment & Support Act Presents
To coincide with the publication of Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock‘n’Roll by Stuart Coupe, Chugg Entertainment & Support Act are pleased to announce two special lunchtime events at The Factory, Sydney (Wednesday, 26 September 2018) and Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne  (Thursday, 4 October 2018).
During the lunches, Stuart will sit down with legends of the Australian road crew world, Nicky Campbell and Ross Ferguson in Sydney and Howard Freeman and Geoff Lloyd in Melbourne to recall various tales of life on the road. The world’s first female roadie, Tana Douglas, is flying in from Los
Angeles to speak on both panels. 
All are featured in Stuart’s book, which covers 60 years of
Australian music, commencing in 1957.
The lunches will run from 12:00pm until 2:30pm and will include acoustic performances in Sydney from Richard Clapton & Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd from Hoodoo Gurus. Phil Manning will be performing in Melbourne with more artists to be announced. All attendees will receive a signed copy of the book with net proceeds to benefit the Support Act Roadies Fund, which is administered in association with ARCA – The Australian Road Crew Association.
“Roadies are the backbone of the Australian music industry. Like everyone else, we were excited to hear that their contribution to Australian music was being documented by Stuart. We are looking forward to re-living the highs and the lows, and of course, to raising funds for those that are doing it
tough.”- Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act.
“ARCA thanks Support Act for their continued support of road crew and this function for getting together an incredible bunch of stories from the ‘Roadies’ that helped build the Australian music industry with their hands, hearts and minds. We acknowledge their contribution and give tribute to the fallen. As we all know no crew, no show.”- Ian Peel, Director of ARCA.
Stuart Coupe is an author, journalist, music commentator, independent artist, publicist and radio broadcaster who has been involved with music all his life. Amongst the books he has written, edited or collaborated on are The New Music (1980), The New Rock'n'Roll (1983), The Promoters (2003) and Gudinski (2015).
Full event details are as follows:
Media Release: 4 September 2018
Sydney - Factory Theatre Wednesday 26 September 2018
Road Crew Panel:
Nicky Campbell-The Rebels, Skyhooks, Rene Geyer, Cold Chisel
Ross Ferguson -Little River Band, Tina Turner, Elton John, Beastie Boys
Tana Douglas- AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo
Melbourne - Thornbury Theatre Thursday 4 October 2018
Road Crew Panel:
Howard Freeman Sherbet, Dragon, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Geoff Lloyd Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes, Last Chance Cafe
Tana Douglas AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo
Event Rundown
12:00pm Pre Drinks
12:30pm Artist Performance
12:45pm Lunch Commences
1:15pm Panel Commences
2:15pm Artist Performance
2:30pm Close
Wednesday 26 September 2018
Factory Theatre
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Thursday 4 October 2018
Thornbury Theatre
Book now at:…
Single Entry: $80.00
Tables of 10: $800.00
(Includes entry, hot buffet lunch & a copy of Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock ‘n Roll)
For Media enquiries please contact Sue McAullay: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For Support Act enquiries please contact Clive Miller: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For Chugg Entertainment enquiries please contact Nick Chugg: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Support Act Fundraising Licence No: BOOK18
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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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Jimmy Barnes Does It Again!

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Long time ARCA Mentor and legend Jimmy Barnes has put his hand up for the cause once again, signing copies of his CD & DVD back catalogue, to be auctioned and sold at the upcoming Entech Roadshows.

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Support Act Roadies Fund

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To all those who have donated to the Support Act Roadies Fund, eternal thanx. It has helped some of our mates. ARCA is aware that Support Act have acted on every referral and have funded over $34,000 to crew in crisis in recent months. ARCA will continue to do our utmost to support and assist those in need. We are still be striving to gain 5c a ticket as an income stream.

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Air Supply Donate Sales


Air Supply recently gave five cents from every ticket the band sold on their recent 2016 Australian Tour, making them the first act to embrace the ARCA initatiive. ARCA wish to extend our greatest thanks to the boys for this wonderful show of faith.

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Howard still cruising

Howard still cruising

Howard Freeman, 66......he still loves it...

This is worth watching....A Legend...a new hair style

Click here...

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ARCA @ Entech

ARCA @ Entech

The Australian Road Crew Association has been invited as an exhibitor at this years' ENTECH Roadshow..

ARCA has been assign a space at each event, featuring posters and our banner, with a gathering spot on the floor.

This is agreat opportunity to catch up with people and tell our story. 


Touring each Summer, the tech community gathers for seminars, professional development, and a tradeshow with over 30 leading suppliers showing all that is new. It’s the ultimate networking event, complete with free HAPPY HOUR, serving boutique beers and fine wines.


We would like to extend an invitation to all members to join us in each capital city. Please visit the Entech webisite to register for the event.

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ARCA and Support Act

ARCA and Support Act

We have recently come to an arrangement with Support Act who have offered us their expertise in social and welfare issues and contacts, and have set up a ROADIE fund ONLY for crew. This is a fantastic collaboration for the future of ARCA and the industry.

We retain our autonomy and ARCA will still fundraise to help.

Support Act has established a dedicated fund for road crew together with the Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA). Any donations made to this fund will be used solely to assist road crew through Support Act's crisis service.

If you wish to donate to the Roadies Fund, please write ROADIE in this field.

The link is live and tax deductible receipts will be automatically issued to anyone who makes a donation. The fund is live and working now.

This is a big step on the road to recognising the contribution made by crew... past, present and future.

Sebastian Chase has accepted a position on Support Act board to represent ARCA and its members. Joanna Cave from Support Act will be accepted onto our board.

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AC/DC ARCA Tribute

AC/DC ARCA Tribute

AC/DC showed their support for ARCA during their recent Oz tour, signing a special tribute to the ARCA fallen. A great achievement for ARCA and all crew. Recognition!!!


Thanx Howard Freeman for your efforts in achieving this.


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