Music industry charity Support Act’s annual fundraising campaign, Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, hit a new milestone this year, raising over half a million dollars in donations to help music workers in need.
The annual day of fun and awareness, held last Friday 19 November, has so far generated a record $539,732 in funds (an increase of 65% from 2020) to help those in the music industry doing it tough, from artists and artist managers to crew and music workers.
Over 1,800 individuals, companies and organisations took part representing artists, crew, music workers, music lovers, record labels, fan groups, publishers, digital streaming platforms, promoters, management companies, retailers, broadcasters, merch companies, music rights organisations, educational institutions, service organisations and for the first time, a number of big brand companies as well. All can be found on the leaderboard.
Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act, said: “Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated and made this year’s Ausmusic T-Shirt Day our biggest year yet, and for helping to celebrate Australian music while raising funds for all those who are doing it tough.
“Special thanks to our Ambassadors and Champions, and to all those who bought t-shirts, including our Premium T-Shirt range coordinated by Love Police ATM. We couldn’t have done it without you!
“Our website will remain open for a few more weeks, so it’s not too late to donate or to remit funds from your own fundraising events or merch sales. We’re pretty sure we can get to at least $550,000 by the time we call time on this year’s event.”
Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, which is supported by ARIA and celebrated across triple j, Double J and the ABC as part of Ausmusic Month, is an annual day of fun and awareness to celebrate Australian music and raise urgently-needed funds for music workers in crisis due to the devastating impacts of COVID-19 or an issue that prevents them from working.
For further information on Ausmusic T-Shirt Day or to make a donation, visit ausmusictshirtday.org.au.
For further information on Support Act and its services, including crisis relief, mental health resources and programs, visit supportact.org.au. For the Wellbeing Helpline, call 1800 959 500.