The Australian Music Industry is banding together, promoting the #notON awareness campaign against violence against women. Bands and artists such as Violent Soho, The Church, Courtney Barnett and Troy Cassar-Daley have joined the campaign, which aims to start the conversation about the alarming rates of death as a result of violence towards women in Australia.
The musicians will support the campaign by wearing t-shirts featuring the slogan “I am making noise to end violence against women #notON” at their gigs. “As an industry with a huge fan base of young males, we are in a unique position to be able to start conversations about what is a real epidemic in our society,” says supporter Pete Murray. “This isn’t a disease that’s hard to find a cure for—it’s simply about increasing awareness and saying that we refuse to live in a society that tolerates the kind of statistics that Australians have been horrified by over the last few months.”
On average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence, making it the leading preventable contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44.
Other acts signed up to the cause – which is backed by White Ribbon – include Sahara Beck, The Medics, Jimblah, Josh Pyke and many others. According to the notON Facebook page a national series of concerts for White Ribbon Day is planned for later this year – Wednesday, November 25.
Acts already pledged to support #noton
Airling, Alpine, Bad//Dreems, Benny Walker, Bliss n Eso, Bloods, Boy & Bear, Busby Marou, Courtney Barnett, Dallas Frasca, Dubmarine, Emma Louise – Grenadiers, Hannah Cameron, Hermitude, HITS, Isabella Manfredi, Jackie Marshall, Jasmine Rae, Jimblah, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan, Katie Wighton, Kaylens Rain, Kram, L-Fresh the Lion, Lurch & Chief, Matt Cornell, Melanie Dyer, Packwood, Pete Murray, Reece Mastin – RY, Sahara Beck, Sarah Belkner, Sietta, Spookyland, Steve Balbi, Suze de Marchi, The Basics, The Beards, The Choirboys, The Church, The Drones, The Grates, The Herd, The Last Kinection, The Medics, Thelma Plum, Thirsty Merc, Tim Steward, Troy Cassar-Daley, Urthboy, Violent Soho, We All Want To