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Music makes everyday moments memorable. 

Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://www.tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

Let’s return the favour this festive season 

Music brings so much joy to our lives, but many in the industry are struggling right now and desperately need your help.

Cost of living pressures, insecure working conditions, competition for gigs, increased financial instability and declining mental health have created an urgent need to support those working in the industry we love.

If you can, please donate today and help us put food on the table for music workers who are struggling to make ends meet this Christmas.

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DJ and music journalist, Mikey Cahill, explains how tough life in the industry has become:

“In May this year I tore my meniscus, which basically put me out of action for two months. 

“DJs, we don’t have sick pay. If we can’t do a gig, we don’t get paid. It’s as simple as that. We don’t accrue holiday pay, and the same goes for musicians and many other people in this industry.

“Another thing we’re experiencing right now is that people can’t sell as many tickets. There’s too much choice (of gigs), there’s inflation and all sorts of crazy stuff like war, and we’re all just getting through this chaotic and awful time.”

For people like Mikey, a simple gesture of a gift voucher so they can put food on the table this Christmas will give a much-welcomed boost at the end of another financially and mentally difficult year. 

If you’re able to help, please make a donation of $50 or more now so that we can spread the love to our service users before the holidays. 

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Thank you in advance for your love and support of music, and all those who create it. 

Sincerely, 

Anne Jacobs
National Welfare Manager

P.S. The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline will operate as normal throughout the Christmas / New Year period and can be accessed by calling 1800 959 500. 

Our social workers are taking a well-earned break from 22 December – 3 January.  Crisis Relief Grant applications received during this period will be assessed in January 2023.

Support Act acknowledges and pays its respects to First Nations peoples and recognises the role of intergenerational song practitioners in establishing the rich and diverse music practices that exist today.

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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