Ausmusic T-Shirt Day raises over $327k for Support Act

Fans are still able to donate to the initiative

The latest edition of Ausmusic T-Shirt Day raised more than $327,000 for Support Act, according to a statement from the charity.

Held on November 20, the event encouraged Aussies to dress in their favourite band shirts and donate funds in support of local artists.

According to Support Act’s website at the time of writing, $327,369 has been raised through individual donors and more than 1,000 fundraising teams.

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Midnight Oil, Ruel, Cold Chisel, The Teskey Brothers and Kylie Minogue were among the artists to have designed limited edition shirts for sale during the charitable initiative. Most designs have now sold out.

“Huge thanks to everyone who has donated to this year’s Ausmusic T-Shirt Day,” a statement on Support Act’s website reads.

“We are ecstatic to have exceeded last year’s total, in what has been a very difficult year for everyone.”

Punters are still able to donate to the cause individually or through a preexisting fundraising team.

November’s Ausmusic T-Shirt Day was the second of the year, following on from Support Act’s original appeal in April.

While the event usually falls in November, the organisation announced an additional April drive in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The extra date raised over $26,000 for musicians and touring support staff.

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Support Act has spearheaded a number of initiatives during the pandemic in an effort to aid local artists. In March, it established a COVID-19 helpline for those working in the music industry, before extending the service to all artists in May.

 

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