Music industry charity, Support Act, is thrilled with the response to this week’s Ausmusic T-Shirt Day with over 60 companies pledging support to raise funds for artists and music workers who are doing it tough.
Industry heavyweights such as ARIA PPCA, APRA AMCOS, Sony/ATV Music publishing, Universal Music Australia, Chugg Entertainment and Live Nation have been joined by Jaxta, Cooking Vinyl Australia, Creative Victoria, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the Australia Council, Levi’s, Young Henrys, Corner Hotel and a growing number of individual teams to celebrate Australian music and to raise funds for Support Act with more expected to sign up for Ausmusic T-Shirt Day on Friday, 16 November.
Artists and music workers such as Jimmy Barnes, Jack River, Julia Zemiro, Ruel, Fanny Lumsden, Not a Boy’s Name, Mojo Juju, Isaiah Firebrace, KLP, Howard Freeman and The Rubens have also endorsed the campaign.
“This is an incredible initiative and one that everyone at EMI and Universal music is proud to support,” said John O’Donnell, MD of EMI Music Australia. “We live and breathe Australian music every day, but we don’t often get the opportunity to demonstrate the commitment we have to the health and wellbeing of each other and the music makers who inspire us. We are delighted to come together with all facets of the music and wider business communities to support Ausmusic T-Shirt Day”.
Sally Howland, Chair of Support Act and Advisor with APRA AMCOS added: “We are also really happy to see how our own staff, and the many artists we represent, are embracing Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, not just as a way to celebrate Australian music and rep their favourite t-shirt, but as a way of ensuring that vital services such as the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline can continue to provide much needed counselling support for the many people struggling with anxiety and depression”.
There is still time to show how much Ausmusic means to you and make a real difference to people in need. Just visit the Ausmusic T-Shirt Day website to make a donation or create a team and then post and share pics using the tags #ausmusictshirtday and @supportact.
The funds raised will help Support Act expand its new Wellbeing Helpline and continue to provide crisis relief to artists and music workers in need.
So, show your support for Australian music this Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, proudly brought to you by triple j, ARIA and Support Act.