This annual date where Australians are encouraged to wear their favorite (Australian) group shirt returns on Friday, November 19. Backed by ARIA, you’ll get used to seeing the holy date which celebrates thin shirts and grungy concert memories celebrated through the triple j, Double J and ABC portion of Ausmusic Month.
This year, the music industry charity, Support Act, is calling on everyone to join us in helping to fuel our burgeoning local scene. You can help raise urgently needed funds music workers in crisis due to the devastating effects of Covid. Essentially, everyone who works in live music – that is, artists, artist managers, crews, roadies, and other music workers – have lost their jobs and income over the last 18 years. months, and the future is still far from certain.
There are many ways to get involved and help support the music industry this year:
- You can buy a t-shirt from the official Ausmusic online store, which includes official shirts for artists like G Flip, Powder finger, The tones and me, Lime and others
- Fund raising with a team of work colleagues, classmates, friends or family
- Make a donation directly to the supporting law
- Or, if you don’t have the capacity for the above, you can simply take a merch selfie of your favorite Australian musicians and post on social media using the hashtag #ausmusictshirtday to raise awareness and support your favorites.
A record number of Ausmusic T-Shirt Day Ambassadors put their names behind this year’s campaign, including Jessica mauboy, Jon stevens, 5 seconds of summer, Amy Shark, Lime, and Neil finn. There is also Hans accordion, Mo’ju, Myf warhurst, Ngaiire, Beijing duk, Rob mills, the Friendship Affliction, the OG Wiggles, the Teskey Brothers and Travis Collins.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Support Act has committed $ 22.8 million in the form of 10,000 crisis relief grants to music and performing arts workers in need, and has provided mental health and wellness support to thousands more through its mental health programs and line of telephone assistance for well-being.
For more information on Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, visit ausmusictshirtday.org.au.