Roadies are amongst the most essential figures in the entertainment world. The reality is, no road crew = no show and it's with our mates in mind, and thanks to the overwhelming response to the inaugural event in March 2019, Roady4Roadies will return on Sunday, 5 April 2020 expanding from capital cities to regional centres with a total of 13 events taking place around the country.
Despite their hard work and dedication to the artists and events they work with and for, many roadies find themselves in precarious health and financial circumstances and Roady4Roadies shines a much-deserved light on the diverse range of highly technical and creative skills required of live production crew, while raising desperately needed funds to help those in crisis.
CrewCare co-director and co-founder Howard Freeman on behalf of the association's board says,"In its first year, Roady4Roadies raised $71,500.00 from being staged in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth,""The net profit of $62,820.00 went to the Support Act 'Roadies Fund' to assist crew in crisis."
This year, Roady4Roadies events have been confirmed to take place in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Port Lincoln, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, The Entrance and Townsville.
The day commences with the Roady4Roadies Walk (a leisurely 4-5kms) culminating in a variety of family activities and performances at well-known entertainment precincts around the country. All walk participants receive a free t-shirt with sunscreen and water available along the route.
Crew are a key focus for Support Act, a charity that supports artists, roadies and others working in the music industry, and their families.
Over the past few years, more and more crew have been reaching out to Support Act for help, but they are keen to ensure that they are reaching everyone in need.
Their sense is that not everyone is accessing the services that are available, perhaps due to the resilient and unassuming nature of many crew. But as we know, working backstage can be a low income, high stress, insecure vocation and many of us battle with addictions and depression.
This has in recent years led to crew coming together for events like Roady4Roadies which raised over $62,000.00 for the Support Act 'Roadies' fund to assist crew in crisis.
Throughout the Roady4Roadies campaign, valuable music memorabilia was donated, some of it having been personally autographed by world renowned acts. Guitars signed by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Keith Urban and the Hoodoo Gurus, top flight road cases donated by Design Quintessence and a rare 3 volume limited edition of Rockin' Australia were all auctioned online as part of Roady4Roadies fundraising for Support Act.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, a further $5,304.00 was raised through the auctions. all of which was put towards the Support Act 'Roadies' fund, bringing the total profit for this years event to $62,820.00!
Roady4Roadies wishes to congratulate and thank our winning bidders:Mick Brand Hoodoo Gurus GuitarShadow AV Red Hot Chilli Peppers GuitarNick Heinemann Keith Urban GuitarLisa Nickulinski Road Case #1Rina Ferris Road Case #2Brisbane Ent. Centre Road Case #3Duncan Turpie Rockin' Australia Book Set
The inaugural Roady4Roadies proved a stunning success in so many ways! The national event, an audacious campaign held on March 10th in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and March 24th in Adelaide, has raised over $65,470.00, with nett profit of $56,790.00 already going to the Support Act ‘Roadies fund’.
Shining a big bright spotlight on the diverse range of highly technical and creative skills required of live music production crew, Roady4Roadies also raised public awareness to the dire outcomes many of them now face. The work is high octane, high pressure and sometimes highly dangerous! The intense pressure of the job itself can often lead to chronic physical problems, financial difficulties and mental health issues.
One of the most pleasing aspects was to witness so many of our top professionals, from all areas of the music business, pulling together as a team. Promoters, publicists, managers, agents, venues and artists, all freely giving their time... and money! All working along-side each other with the best crew in the country, the best in the world.ROADY4ROADIES MELBOURNE
The Melbourne event saw in excess of 300 walk from The Palais Theatre in St Kilda to Point Ormond and back to watch the Mark Seymour, Dave Graney & the mistLY, J.R. Reyne, Sisters Doll and Jarosite perform. Minister for the Creative Industries and Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley chose the Roady4Roadies event to announce the Victorian Government’s $100,000.00 grant for Support Act, the first time any government has done so, before mesmerising the audience with his lead rolling skills!ROADY4ROADIES SYDNEY
The day in Sydney was held at The Bridge Hotel in Rozelle. Over 200 gathered to hear a few words from Shadow Minister for the Arts Tony Burke MP, Lindy Morrison from Support Act, author and Roady4Roadies Ambassador Stuart Coupe and Shadow Minister for Music and the Night Time Economy John Graham MLC before being entertained by performances by Brendon Gallagher and FOK ROK, then Mark Callaghan and Buzz Bidstrup from GANGgajang, who were joined by Ollie Bailey - the late Chris Bailey’s son (The Angels, GANGgajang) on a masterful rendition of The Angel’s “She Keeps No Secrets”.
Roady4Roadies T-shirts are now available to purchase online. There's only 100 left, so you'll have to hurry!! All proceeds from sales (excluding postage) goes to the Support Act 'Roadies fund'.
When it comes to passion for their job, there are no better than the EPA crew! The EPA team asked their employees to get onboard the Roady4Roadies cause, and that is exactly what they did... all 130 of them!!! A fantastic show of support. We salute you!
What do you give the crew who have it all? Tickets to Roady4Roadies of course! A shout out to Gig Power for purchasing tickets for their crew to attend the events. Roady4Roadies is asking all crewing companies to get behind this worthy cause. Hurry, tickets are selling fast!!!
Roadiy4Roadies is honoured to have industry legend Frank Castel inducted into the SA Music Hall of Fame by the Australian Music Collective - SA. Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Sunday, Martch 26th.
Industry support for Roady4Roadies has been phenomenal, with all the country’s top promoters throwing their weight - and their artists’ - behind the cause and promoting the event via video screens at many upcoming concert events including Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Maroon 5, Nickelback and all the A Day In The Green events, having already been shown to 400,000 at the St Kilda Festival.
The 60 second "Sizzle Reels" have ben produced by BigPicture. A huge THAN YOU to all who have contributed... Live Nation, Chugg Entertainment, Frontier Touring and the St Kilda Festival.