Music industry holding 'Black Out Tuesday' in response to George Floyd's death

Carla Harmon
June 2, 2020

It is a movement created in the American music industry designed to protest against police brutality and racism following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police.

Floyd's death triggered mass protests across the United States and around the world, as demonstrations in support of the BLM movement dominated the streets of many cities over the weekend.

Columbia Records, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Dirty Hit, and Glassnote Records, are among many others that have publicly announced their participation.

Numerous calls to action clarify that this is not a "day off", but rather a day of reflection and interaction with the community at large. We stand in solidarity in support of the black community to advocate in the fight against racism, bigotry and violence. In a statement posted on the initiative's official Instagram account, the creators called for the music industry "at large, including major corporations and their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles, and success of Black people" to be held "accountable". "Instead this is a day to reflect and figure out ways to move forward in solidarity..." It continues to go on and it's like, 'What can we do?

In a statement on their website, IGA said that instead of releasing music, that they would "contribute to organisations that help to bail out protesters exercising their right to peaceably assemble".

A number of New Zealanders, including Matilda Green, Anika Moa, and Lily McManus, have posted a picture of a black square on social media and joined the chorus of people calling for equality. Music-based companies Live Nation and TikTok, as well as the Recording Academy, posted to social media that it planned to support and stand with the black community.

Green posted on Instagram saying "I wish that life was as simple as living by "treat others as you would like to be treated".

Halsey, who took to the streets in Los Angeles, told fans that she and other protestors had been fired upon by police.

Terrence Floyd made a powerful speech at the Minnesota protest. This is just a first step. We encourage all of our colleagues who can to do the same. "We can not normalise this pain", Beyonce said in the video.

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