With COVID-19 restrictions continuing to cut a remorseless swathe through the Oz music industry, support for this country’s tunesmiths is needed now more than ever.
That’s why AusMusic T-Shirt Day is so important.
Returning in 2021 on Friday 19 November, the sartorial celebration of Aussie bangers and the legends who create them, is also an important fundraising initiative for the national music charity Support Act.
Throughout the course of the pandemic, Support Act has certainly had its work cut out.
Over the past 18 months, the charity has committed $22.8m in the form of 10,000 crisis relief grants to music and live performing arts workers in need, and provided mental health and wellbeing support to many thousands more through mental health programs and Wellbeing Helpline.
So how can you get involved?
Well, aside from bombing everyone’s Insta feed with selfies of you rocking your classic Bardot shirt, you can pony up a timely donation to Support Act, gather like-minded mates, work colleagues etc and fundraise as a team, or hit the AusMusic T-Shirt Day site and grab and Ausmisuc shirt.
This year, a literal galaxy of Aussie stars have created a range of limited edition Premium shirts for the occasion, with the likes ofGenesis Owusu, GFlip, Keith Urban, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Lime Cordiale, Paul Kelly, Powderfinger, Spacey Jane, Tame Impala, Tones and I offering up designs to take your torso to the next level.
Oh, and 100 per cent of net proceeds from the Premium range will go directly to Support Act!
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.”
Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is on Friday 19 November. Head here for more information.