#TheShowMustBePaused: Key names reflect on the day the music industry united against racism

#TheShowMustBePaused: Key names reflect on the day the music industry united against racism

Yesterday (June 2), the global music industry observed Black Out Tuesday.

The initiative – which was set up by Atlantic senior director of marketing Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, former Atlantic exec and now senior artist campaign manager at Platoon – asked for people not to conduct in any business and instead observe a day of reflection and community engagement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Music Week fully supported this industry-wide act of solidarity with the black community and did not report on the business throughout June 2. Among the other companies joining the Black Out initiative were: Warner Music GroupUniversal Music GroupSony Music, Live Nation, AEG Presents, UTA, CAA, Paradigm, DHP Family, Kobalt and Dirty Hit.

But while business may not have been conducted, many prominent voices across the music industry took to social media to share their reflections on racism and the music industry.

You can read a selection of the reflections and observations below:



















The official #TheShowMustBePaused website recommended a number of actions/resources to consider. You can read them below:

  • 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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