Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly is the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Community Award, presented by Support Act, the only Australian charity dedicated to music professionals in crisis. He will receive the award at the organisation’s annual fundraising lunch, Music in the House, on Wednesday 18 May in Sydney’s Ivy Ballroom.
To be hosted by television personality Andrew Denton, the event will feature a performance by Paul Kelly, as well as live interpretations of his songs by Julia Stone, Thelma Plum and Urthboy.
Tickets, which cost $180 each or $1,550 per table of ten, include the concert, a two-course lunch and drinks. All proceeds will go to Support Act, which provides assistance to music professionals doing it tough, due to illness, accidents, financial hardship or other difficulties. Music professionals include, not only musicians, but also songwriters, composers, technicians, roadies, managers and staff members.
“Support Act receives no government funding and we must raise every dollar we need to help music pros in crisis,” said CEO Joanna Cave. “Demand for our help is unprecedented and increased by 500% last year alone. Music in the House, our most important fundraising event, will be very special this year, featuring the legendary Paul Kelly, with performances in his honour from some of Australia’s most exciting young artists.”
The Excellence in Community Award is given annually to a musician, in recognition of his/her outstanding contributions to Australian music and community. Previous recipients include Richard Clapton, Jimmy Barnes, John Butler, John Paul Young, The Sapphires, Don Spencer, Glenn Shorrock and Russell Morris.
Paul Kelly adds the prestigious prize to ten ARIA Awards, three APRA Awards, six Country Music Awards and four Mo Awards. In 1997, he joined the Bee Gees and Graeme Bell in the ARIA Hall of Fame and, in 2012, was a Victorian finalist for Australian of the Year.
Those unable to attend Music in the House are invited to show their support by entering Support Act’s Limited Edition Luxury Raffle. First prize is a week-long trip to Bali for eight people.