Music industry pauses to reflect on Blackout Tuesday

#TheShowMustBePaused aims to get the music industry to address racism and inequality

The music industry has paused its promotions and publicity campaigns for a day in order to try to observe and reflect on racism in both the music industry and society as a whole. Employees have been given Tuesday off as 'a day of action,' intended to 'provoke accountability and change'.

It has been set up by Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

"Tuesday, June 2nd is meant to intentionally disrupt the work week," they explained of the blackout. "It's a day to take a beat for an honest, reflective and productive conversation about what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black community."

"The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. An industry that has profited predominantly from Black art," the message continued. "Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable."

The statement goes on to explain that #TheShowMustBePaused "is not just a 24-hour initiative. We are and will be in this fight for the long haul."

Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died last week after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.

Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin has been sacked and charged with third-degree murder. He is due to appear in court on Monday, amid ongoing protests in the US and UK.

They explain the reasoning behind it on their website, and musicians and artists from across the globe will be pausing work to focus on the fight against racism. Music magazine NME also said that they will be pausing publication on Tuesday in order to show their support.

"It’s hard to know what to say because I’ve been dealing with racism my entire life. That said, it’s rearing its ugly head right now & by God it’s time to deal with it once & for all," producer Quincy Jones wrote on social media. "My team & I stand for justice. Convos will be had & action will be taken. #THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED"

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