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Brisbane’s music community is raising its voice once again to speak out about violence against women.
In 2015, local artists and industry took the lead in a major national campaign #NotOn which saw musicians use their powerful platform to speak up against the national tragedy that is family violence, a tragedy that continues to take the lives of, on average, one Australian woman every week.
And now after a hiatus, the campaign is being relaunched this November with a very special event raising much needed funds for the Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ) which each year provides almost 25,000 services to women and their children experiencing domestic violence.
To be held at The Triffid, Newstead on Sunday November 18 the show finds some of the state’s best talent donating their time and voices for the cause. All money raised will help victims of domestic violence.
Already confirmed are: Halfway, TAPE/OFF, Tim Steward and Kellie Lloyd (Screamfeeder), Jackie Marshall, Some Jerks, Kristy Apps, Brindle (first show in 10 years), Minor Premiers, Paddy McHugh, Raychel Stone, The Bertie Page Clinic and The Shambolics with more to be announced.
The event will also feature DJs in the venue beer garden, raffles, and exclusive prizes.
Since 1984, WLSQ has advocated for the rights, safety and justice of Queensland women, providing legal and social work help to those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault and those with child protection and complex family law matters.
Through the State-wide Legal Advice Helpline the service assists women throughout Queensland. Almost 80 per cent of clients care for at least one child while one in four clients are at immediate risk of homelessness. Demand for the service is great, but due to resource constraints 40% of calls to the Helpline currently go unanswered.
It was discovering those statistics that prompted #NotOn coordinators Deb Suckling and Craig Spann from SUGARRUSH Music to relaunch the campaign and focus on supporting the WLSQ.
“The idea of this campaign has always been to take advantage of the unique position artists have to communicate with their audience and make it clear that violence against women is not on, but we want to provide some real-life practical outcomes also. We know the incredible work the Women’s Legal Service does and we know that they can do even more with increased funding. Every single dollar makes an impact on the number of women and children they support.”Deb Suckling
WLSQ CEO Angela Lynch says the service is heartened to see the music community coming together to stand against violence against women.
“We’re so excited and thankful to the organisers of #NotOn. This event will make an absolute life changing difference to the women and their kids that we will be able to help. Legal advice is vital to safety. The women we see can’t afford a private lawyer and don’t qualify for legal aide. They often have no other place to go. We encourage everyone to come along, see some fantastic talent while helping women and their kids live free from violence.”
The show will also see the return of the iconic t-shirts that played a key role in the 2015 campaign. Not only snapped up by the community, more than 1000 musicians were sent t-shirts to wear on stage and in promotional images – the result was a major grassroots campaign that captured the attention of millions across the country – online and in venues.
“Long term, our dream would be to have every live music venue in the country outfitted with these t-shirts to not only highlight the horrific statistics in this country, but deliver the message that this ongoing culture of violence has to end,” Deb says. “If seeing the shirt makes even one person rethink their behaviour, that is a win.”
“We are so grateful for the support of the music community to get this show up and running, and particularly grateful to the male artists involved who have a true desire to speak out and lead from the front on this.”
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