What is Ausmusic T-Shirt Day?
Ausmusic T-Shirt Day was started by triple j back in 2013, having been inspired by the BBC’s ‘Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day’.
triple j encouraged listeners to get involved and show their love for their favourite Aussie artists, sharing snaps in their favourite band t-shirts, and its been so popular the day has come back year after year.
In 2015 ARIA came on board, marking the start of ARIA week in November, and offering prizes for the best entries.
In 2017, Support Act, a charity which provides aid to music workers, became a part of Ausmusic T-Shirt Day. This new partnership served to make the day more than posting a great selfie in a sick t-shirt, but put an emphasis on how important it is to buy merch and support your favourite artists, as well as donating money to Support Act where possible.
Why is this years’ Ausmusic T-Shirt Day in April?
This year, triple j have decided to hold a special Ausmusic T-Shirt Day on Friday 17 April as the evolving coronavirus pandemic has meant that many are facing tough times ahead, and the live music industry is among those facing an immediate loss of income, as upcoming gigs, festivals and events continue to be cancelled or postponed.
Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is the perfect way to show your love for your favourite Aussie artists, reminding them that you’re there to support them through challenging times.
Plus, triple j, Double J and triple j Unearthed will be playing Australian music for the whole day on Friday 17 April – listen in and you’ll be able to hear your favourites, as well as discovering new artists you’ll love too.
How to get involved
If you can, go and buy some merch from your favourite Australian band or artist. Whether it’s a new shirt, bag or badge, whatever you buy will be a real boost and support an act that you care about.
There are lots of places you can buy from, including the following:
- Support Act has put together a list of retailers for Australian Artists here, and they’ve also got two Sound Of Silence (SOS) t-shirts on sale, with all proceeds going towards supporting music workers.
- Plus, triple j Unearthed have also put together a great guide to merch from Aussie bands, which you can check out here.
If you want (and are able) to show your support for the live music industry, you can do so by donating to Support Act, a charity which offers aid to music workers who are struggling in the current climate.
It’s important for us all to come together through unprecedented and challenging times, and support each other in any way we can. Whether it’s getting together on a Zoom chat and comparing t-shirts or buying merch from your favourite band, the little wins can make a real difference!