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Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips chats with Ian ‘Piggy’ Peel, co-founder of the Australian Road Crew Association about what ARCA is and what it does. They also discuss
the wonderful ARCA Desk Tape Series, which features classic live soundtracks recorded from venues across Australia and Internationally, which are now available for download with proceeds going toward Support Act’s Roadies Fund. The series includes live recordings from bands such as: Crowded House, Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, V Spy V Spy, Models, Australian Crawl, Jimmy and The Boys, Russell Morris and The Rubes, Wendy Matthews, Dutch Tilders, Goanna, Captain Matchbox, Men at Work, TISM, Redgum, Albert Lee & Vince Gill and many more.


The Australian Road Crew Association Pty Ltd (ARCA) is a non-profit proprietary company dedicated to helping ROADIES.

Roadies are the collective backbone of the Australian music industry. Roadies have technical ability that is unique and wide ranging. There is not a musician or band that would have become successful without crew.

The primary aim of ARCA is to facilitate and encourage social interaction between members on a continual basis. ARCA has recently come to an arrangement with Support Act who have offered 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.

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 contribute to the Roadies Fund, please check the “roadies” field when making your donation.

To donate visit

The Australian Road Crew Association has secured the backing of major Australian artists for the release of LIVE soundtracks recorded from venues across Australia and Internationally.

The ARCA Desk Tape Series is an initiative of the Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA), a not for profit organization dedicated to the welfare of live production crew in Australia. ARCA is assisted by a collective of industry professionals, all freely giving their energy and time.

The BLACK BOX RECORDS recordings were created to raise much needed funds and have aligned with Support Act’s “Roadies Fund” to provide financial, health, mental health, and counselling – Finally, men and women, are being recognized for their being the backbone for major artists tours, corporate events, and even giving ‘their time’ to charitable events.

The series was created by ARCA to raise funds and resources for Support Act’s “Roadies Fund” to provide financial, health, counselling and wellbeing services for crews. ARCA was approached by Support Act after ARCA made the industry and the wider community aware of the plight of many Roadies who were doing it hard, and they created the “Roadies” fund together.

Roadies have amassed a treasure trove of live recordings spanning more than 40 years and made ARCA their custodian. These tapes document the cultural significance of the Australian live music scene and serve as important historical records, requiring a release to ensure they may never be lost.

Each release acknowledges the importance and value that roadies have contributed to making our live performance industry such an outstanding success. They offer recognition to the engineers who documented this wealth of genuine Australian music history. ARCA has established Black Box Records as the vehicle to promote each release, with MGM Distribution providing the means for worldwide distribution.

Each release will be distributed worldwide through all major digital and streaming services by MGM Distribution. ARCA will finance short runs of CD’s of each title for sale if feasible.

The Desk tape Series is available through; Amazon, Anghami, Apple Music / iTunes, Black Box Records, Boomplay, Deezer, MGM, Pandora, Shazam, Spotify, TenCent, Tidal, TikTok and YouTube Music.

Check out the Desk Tape series HERE

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