Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is back to celebrate and support Aussie music and the industry that’s been doing it so tough since the start of the pandemic last year.
Music industry charity Support Act, which runs the annual fundraising campaign, is asking anyone who hasn’t already to get involved in 3 simple ways:
- WEAR an Aussie music t-shirt
- DONATE to the campaign or one of over 100 fundraising teams via the Ausmusic T-Shirt Day website
- SHARE the fun on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Tik Tok using the hashtag #ausmusictshirtday and tagging Support Act, triple j and ARIA*
This year is looking to be the biggest yet with more than $200,000 raised so far and over 1,700 fundraisers, companies and organisations taking part, from industry bodies and record labels to creative agencies, social media platforms, banks and major telcos. Topping the leaderboard right now are YouTube Music, Google Australia, Cold Chisel, HBF, Commonwealth Bank and CrewCare.
Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act, explains: “After the last couple of tough years, it’s fantastic to see so many different individuals and organisations supporting Aussie music and raising funds to enable Support Act to continue its important work, providing crisis relief and mental health & wellbeing support to music workers in need.
“We can’t wait to see all the action on our leaderboard as music lovers from around the country rally to celebrate Australian music and the people who create it.”
There are a raft of fun activities taking place throughout the day for people to take part in with their work mates, family and friends, with the option to make a donation to the campaign via each platform.
At 12.45pm and 5pm, Mikey Cahill (aka DJ Joey Lightbulb) will be hosting an Aussie music quiz on Support Act’s Facebook page via Kahoot. Thanks to Sounds Australia, music trivia games will be also available to access any time so workplaces, friends and family can test their knowledge and have some fun together. More details and instructions are on the Trivia page of the website.
At 7pm, Isol-Aid on TikTok will return with a specially curated two-hour festival featuring Lime Cordiale (@limecordiale), Carla Wehbe (@carlawehbe), Ashwarya (@ashwaryamusic) and Isaiah Firebrace (@isaiahfirebrace), accessed by visiting each artist’s page.
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.