Case George Floyd All the companies shut down their networks for a day
Andste 2 June was declared by many big companies of the music industry as well as the ‘Black Out Tuesday. The measure is a statement of solidarity in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as a call to the awareness to the problem of institutional racism.
The call to the measure began on Friday, may 29, in social networks, with the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused. The campaign is joined Atlantic Records, Capitol Music Group, Columbia Records, Def Jam, Elektra Music Group, HitCo, Interscope Geffen A&M, Island Records, Press Music Group, Reservoir, Republic Records, Sony / ATV, Sony Music, Virgin EMI, Warner Records, BMG, Universal Music Group, Kobalt , Hipgnosis Songs Fund, ASCAP, Milk & Honey, Grand Hustle Records, Downtown, SESAC , Boomplay, Concord, Symphonic Distribution, and others.
During the day, the companies there will be premieres, transmitted music on their official channels, nor will there be publications. The slogan is: “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” through “a step urgent action to bring about accountability and change.”
Columbia Records, for example, said in his Instagram that: “The Black Out Tuesday … it is not a free day, is a day to reflect and to find ways to move forward in solidarity. We continue to support with the black community, our staff, artists and colleagues in the music industry. Maybe with the music turned off, we can really listen.”
Sony Music, parent company of Columbia, also supports the measure as a “day of action committed to a significant change in our communities, now and in the future.” Capitol Music Group says it will stop Tuesday in “solidarity with our colleagues, artists and loved ones black throughout the country, who are reeling from the senseless taking of another life black innocent.”
Also made a donation to Color Of Change, a non-profit organization that fights against racism and advocate “for solutions that make us all”. For WMG, “while this is only a day, we are committed to continue to fight for a real change”. Atlantic contributed an undisclosed amount to Black Lives Matter and other organizations.
Among the musicians who have given their explicit support to the movement are the Rolling Stones, Billie Eilish, Beyoncé, Adele, Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Vetusta Morla, Radiohead, Massive Attack, the legendary producer Quincy Jones and many others.
The contribution of the black community to the music, especially in the united States, has been enormous. In fact, it was always one of the spaces ‘tolerated’ even by institutional racism, always and when the performers don’t leave ‘your site’. Although the selection of topics that we offer here is not in accordance with the letter of the initiative, yes it is with your spirit: we value the legacy and pay tribute.
However this protest was not only on the producers and the musicians, but also they were joined by athletes such as LeBron James and who has always raised the voice against this type of acts. In addition to other players outside of the united States as Kylian Mbappé, Falcao García, Luis Fernando Muriel, Leroy Sane and JJ Watt to name a few.
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