Members Of Music Industry Launch ‘Blackout Tuesday’

On Tuesday, June 2, members of the music industry will participate in “Blackout Tuesday” in response to the recent deaths of “George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other black citizens at the hands of police.” JamBase will join others in our community in pausing for a day of reflection, reconnection and peace.

Blackout Tuesday was organized by Atlantic Records executives Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas and given the social media hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused. Many record labels and other music industry organizations confirmed participation including Universal Music Group, Warner Media Group, Sony/ATV, ASCAP, EMPIRE, Paradigm, AEG Presents and others. Several musicians are participating by postponing livestreams and not releasing new music.

The message below was circulated on social media explaining Blackout Tuesday:

Due to recent events, please join us as we take an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change. As gatekeepers of the culture, it’s our responsibility to not only come together to celebrate the wins, but also hold each other up during a loss. Join us on Tuesday, June 2, as a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community.

JamBase believes in equality for all people. Music demonstrates how something beautiful can be collectively shared by people of all races and ethnicities. Justice for black people and for people of color should be an experience shared equally as well. We cannot sit by and let business go on as usual. Here are a few options for what you can do on Blackout Tuesday:

  • If you have been impacted by the recent events, take a break – there is a lot going on and sometimes we all just need a minute. Take that minute.
  • Help the family of George Floyd HERE.
  • Fight for Breonna Taylor HERE.
  • Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery HERE.
  • Want to help protesters? Donate to one or more community bail funds HERE.
  • Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause.
  • Want to connect with leaders building grass roots campaigns? Click HERE.
  • Are you an ally and want to learn more? Here are some anti-racism resources.

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