The Music Industry Stands In Solidarity With Upcoming Blackout Tuesday In Response To George Floyd’s Death

On Tuesday, June 2, the music industry will be taking part in a nationwide blackout, a “day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community.” #BlackoutTuesday⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

After the death of George Floyd, who was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer during an arrest, many artists and music companies came together to spread a message. They are calling for “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”

“As gatekeepers of the culture, it’s our responsibility to not only come together to celebrate the wins but also hold each other up during loss,” a statement that is being circulated on social media under the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused.

Entities that have reposted the message are Warner Music Group, Sony/ATV, Apple Music’s Ebro Darden, BMG, Universal Music Group, DefJam, Interscope, Sony Music, Columbia Records, and more.

Protesters took to the streets over the weekend in Los Angeles, New York City, San Jose, Atlanta, D.C., and other major cities across the country following the death of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

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