Here’s Why The Music Industry Has Gone Quiet Today


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A number of record labels and industry businesses will today show solidarity with protests in the United States by implementing a social media “blackout”.

Protests kicked off in the US last week following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, who could be heard saying “I can’t breathe” repeatedly in video footage of the incident. Chauvin has since been charged with murder.

A number of artists have stepped up and showed solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the week since, and some — Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Tinashe, Kehlani, and more — have attended protests.

Record labels such as Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony, Interscope Geffen A&M , Caroline, etcetc, Mushroom, and more have vowed to “disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” on June 2.


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We stand in solidarity with the black community in the US, Australia and around the globe. We stand together with all who seek to eradicate racism, inequality and injustice. As part of an industry that celebrates cultural diversity, we must come together to support and stand up for all humans in the pursuit for freedom and equality. On Tuesday June 2nd, etcetc will observe ‘Black Out Tuesday’. Please join us as we take an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change. As part of this we are contributing to @antar_national to help support Justice, Rights and Respect for Australia’s First Peoples. We encourage our friends, family and artists to take action in this moment of darkness to combat racial injustice. Learn more and donate to show your support locally & globally (link in bio). #theshowmustbepaused

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Some labels, like Interscope and Atlantci, have committed to not release any new music for the entire week, and will instead donate money to Black Lives Matter causes. It’s unclear whether other record labels involved will contribute to charity.

Tour promoter Live Nation and Spotify have also committed to the blackout.

For information on how you can donate and assist the #BlackLivesMatter movement and Indigenous people, please see the below resources.

If you’re wondering how you can make a difference, here are some current campaigns that you can follow:

Justice for Walker

Justice for Tanya Day

First Nations Deaths in Custody Watch

You can donate to:

Sisters Inside

Gumbaynggiirr Tent Embassy

Justice for David Dungay Junior

Free Her

Aboriginal focussed pages that you can support:





Blackfulla Revolution

Black Anarchist

Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance – WAR

Sovereign Union

Archival Decolonist


Stop Black Deaths in Custody Australia

Individual Aboriginal activists who post about Aboriginal issues:

Beautifuldeadly Decolonisation


Wrong Kind of Black

Audacious Aboriginal

Amy McGuire

Hayden Moon

Australian Indigenous Politics

And you should also educate yourself on the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folk with police:

Blood on the Wattle: Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians by R. Bruce Elder

Why Warriors Lie Down And Die by Richard Trudgen.