The music industry is pausing to stand in solidarity in response to the killing of George Floyd.
On Tuesday, many major studios and labels will pause operation in participation in “Blackout Tuesday”. The point of “Blackout Tuesday” is to bring awareness to police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. A statement floating around social media says it’s an “urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”
The statement continues, “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.” The statement called the blackout a “day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community.”
Super producer Quincy Jones wrote on Twitter, “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. My team & I stand for justice. Convos will be had & action will be taken.”
Labels that are participating include Def Jam Recordings, Island Records, Warner Music Group, Capitol Records, Sony Music and many others, with each having their own plans to honor the day.
Columbia Records says the today is not a “day off”, but rather a”day to reflect and figure out ways to move forward in solidarity.”
Interscope Geffen A&M will not release any new music this week, with the label will “contribute to organizations that help bail out protesters exercising their right to peaceably assemble, aid lawyers working for systematic change, and provide assistance to charities focused on creating economic empowerment in the Black community.”
The label continued in their statement on Instagram that they’re “committed to taking long-term action in the continued fight for racial justice.”