Ausmusic T-Shirt Day will be back on November 19
Aussie artists including Jessica Mauboy, Peking Duk, The OG Wiggles, Jon Stevens, 5 Seconds of Summer, Amy Shark, Lime Cordiale and Neil Finn have thrown their support behind the return of Ausmusic T-Shirt Day.
Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is an annual day of fun and awareness to celebrate Australian music and raise much-needed funds for music workers in crisis due to the devastating impacts of COVID-19 and other issues which may prevent them from working.
The initiative is spearheaded by Support Act with support from ARIA, triple j, Double J and the ABC.
The 2021 Ausmusic T-Shirt day is Friday, November 19.
Participants are asked to share content of themselves participating in Ausmusic T-Shirt Day across their favourite social media platforms using the #ausmusictshirtday and tagging Support Act, triple j and ARIA.
A number of high-profile artists have also created this year’s range of limited edition Premium T-Shirts including G-lip, Keith Urban, Genesis Owusu, Tones and I, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Lime Cordiale, Paul Kelly, Powderfinger, Spacey Jane, Tame Impala, and Ed Sheeran.
This year’s Ausmusic T-Shirt Day logo is a non-binary drumming echidna, who was created by First Nations’ artist Bree ‘Little Butten’ Buttenshaw.
Premium T-Shirts are $50 and can be ordered until Friday, November 5.
Over the past 18 months, Support Act has committed $22.8 million 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 thousands through its mental health programs and Wellbeing Helpline.
Mauboy said the industry is in crisis like never before.
“We’ve lost work and livelihoods due to the pandemic, and for many this is our hour of need,” she said. “Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is a simple and fun way you can help raise funds to get our beloved Aussie artists and music workers back on their feet.”
Support Act CEO, Clive Miller, urged people to get behind the campaign.
“While there is now light at the end of the COVID tunnel, thanks to the massive uptake of vaccinations across Australia, there is still a long way to go before the music industry is operating at pre-pandemic levels,” he said.
“We know just how much the Australian community loves and misses their live music, which is why we are asking everyone with a passion for Australian music to get behind this year’s Ausmusic T-Shirt Day to help raise the funds we urgently need to continue providing our support services to music workers in crisis.”