Do you love Australian music? And care about the people who create it? Well, thanks to Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, each and every one of us can show how much we love and care.
Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is a massive nation-wide celebration of Australian music that reminds us how lucky we are to have such a strong local music scene, with many highly talented and successful artists across all genres of music. In 2014, as part of Ausmusic Month, triple j and ARIA began Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, the ultimate Mufti Day for music fans. The idea was to show support for artists by buying and wearing their merch, in turn helping them tour and continue to make the music you love. It is part of triple j’s Ausmusic Month celebrations, and also marks the start of ARIA Week in November.
Many people in the industry are doing it tough.Thankfully, music industry charity Support Act is there to help. Through Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, they raise much-needed funds for artists, crew and music workers who are experiencing a crisis or are in need of mental health and well-being support.
You can help Support Act by creating an individual or team fundraising page on the Ausmusic T-Shirt Day website, and inviting your networks to donate and wear their fave Ausmusic T-shirt to work, school or play on Friday, 15 November.
Think Casual Friday with t-shirts instead of jeans, and photos posted to socials using the hashtag #ausmusictshirtday and tag @supportact, @triplej, @aria_official.
“We are excited to be part of Ausmusic T-Shirt Day again this year,” said Support Act CEO Clive Miller. “It’s a really simple and fun way to raise funds for a great cause and we really hope that music lovers across Australia can mobilise support in their workplaces, schools and personal networks to set up fundraising teams on the ausmusictshirt.org.au webpage. We want to create a sea of Ausmusic t-shirts on the streets and across social media on Friday 15 November.”
So start planning your wardrobe! You can visit the merch section of your favourite artist website and buy one of theirs online.
All funds raised will help Support Act to expand the reach of its widely acclaimed Wellbeing Helpline and continue to provide crisis relief to artists, crew and music workers in need.