With this insidious pandemic decimating the Australian music and arts industries, our fecund crop of world-class creatives need your support now more than ever.
That’s why this year’s Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is so important.
It’s that glorious time of year where you get to shout your love of Antipodean music to the high heavens while flaunting your sartorial on pointness into the bargain.
More importantly, the initiative aims to give back to those people who have given us so much through their music, by raising much-needed funds for music industry charity Support Act.
In a worrying trend, the pandemic has seen an ever-growing demand on Support Act services with requests for crisis relief soaring by 883% since it began wile calls to the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline have risen by 52%
“If there is one thing our donors and supporters have been telling us since the start of the pandemic, it’s how much they miss live music,” Support Act CEO Clive Miller said.
“They also get that artists, crew and music workers have been doing it tough. Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is a great way to celebrate Australian music and the people who create it while raising funds to ensure that Support Act can continue to provide desperately needed services to our friends and colleagues in need.”
This year, a spiffy new website has been set up, making it even easier for you to corral your mates into a team fundraising page or just making an individual donation.
To coincide with this November’s event, Support Act has developed a Premium T-Shirt range featuring exclusive, limited-edition designs from the likes of Amy Shark, Ball Park Music, Briggs, Cold Chisel, Dope Lemon, Kylie Minogue, Midnight Oil, and more.
Support Act have also partnered with a bunch of merch slingers like 24Hundred, LovePolice, Sound Merch and Warner Music Australia – all of whom will be donating a percentage of sales to the compaign.
Or your could just bombard the merch section of your fave artists site or just dust off that threadbare Cockroaches T-shirt sitting in the back of the closet.
It’s all good.
Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is on Friday 20 November. Head here for more info.