Aus Music T-Shirt Day This Friday
In the music industry’s time of need Triple J have brought their annual Aus Music T-Shirt Day forward to tomorrow.
Normally held in November, it’s a day set aside to support local artists and raise some money for the Australian music industry. It’s an excuse to finally get out of your PJs and wear something else for the first time this week which some of us may need.
In a time of social distancing and isolation, it’s the perfect excuse to get together and support an industry in crisis. We’ve seen a staggering amount of revenue for the music industry lost due to the COVID-19 restrictions with the tally currently sitting at about $330 million, according to I Lost My Gig.
Organisations like Support Act have become a crucial part of keeping the industry alive. They’re a non-profit helping out everyone in the music industry from musicians to roadies to sound techs, helping them maintain their financial and mental wellbeing.
They’re involved in a new initiative called “Sound of Silence” which is the ultimate guide for how to help the industry during this time. There’s plenty of ways to support artists including buying their merch or music (not just streaming it) or donating to causes like Support Act. Some artists have also started Patreon accounts to keep them afloat during this time.
Get in the spirit tomorrow by donning a local act’s shirt and donate what you can to Support Act.
Support for artists and industry workers: here
Donate to artists and industry workers: here
Artist merchandise: here
Report lost income: here
Keep up with the stats: here
Stream the I Lost My Gig Spotify playlist: here