Support Act’s Help A Mate service provides an opportunity for friends, family and/or work colleagues to raise money for an artist or music worker who is in need or suffering hardship or distress.
This can be done through a direct appeal, where Support Act will set up a secure online donation facility in the name of the person being helped. Donors can make tax deductible donations to this appeal via the Support Act website. This facility enables you to focus on raising awareness, spreading the word and rallying support for your appeal.
You can also hold a benefit concert with funds raised to benefit your appeal. This is explained further below.
Support Act can remit the funds to the beneficiary’s account either on completion of the appeal, or as instalment amounts paid during the appeal. (This is to be advised prior to commencement of the appeal).
We will write a letter to the beneficiary confirming that the donation is a charitable gift to the beneficiary, which means it is not subject to tax. As a one-off charitable gift, it will not affect the beneficiary’s Centrelink Benefits.
10% of the money raised in your Help a Mate appeal or concert is retained by Support Act. This money will help us to continue our charitable objectives including Help a Mate Appeals.
Support Act 's Help A Mate service is an easy, cost effective way of helping a mate - and it works. Support Act has helped the music community raise almost $1million for their mates over the past 2 years.
You can see current Help A Mate appeals on our website.
How does Help a Mate compare to other crowd funding platforms? Donations made through Help a Mate are tax deductible, whereas this may not be the case through a commercial crowd funding platform. In many instances, beneficiaries can also apply to Support Act for crisis relief funding and funds raised through Help a Mate are not considered when assessing their financial situation.
If you want to raise money for an artist or music worker you know is in crisis by organising an appeal or an event through Support Act, apply below. Please note that when fundraising events such as benefit concerts are held, the organizers are not entitled to receive a tax-deductible receipt for the funds raised.
Please complete the following. We will review promptly and revert with any questions. Our goal is to have your appeal up and running within 7 days of approving your application.
Please nominate a bank account where any money raised is to be paid. These details will only be used by Support Act to transfer the money and will not be stored.
Once we have approved your application we will ask you to send us a photo of the beneficiary and a short bio for inclusion on the website alongside the appeal details.