On Tuesday, June 2, a number of major players in the music industry will observe a ‘Blackout Tuesday,’ refraining from work in solidarity with the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department.
“We stand in solidarity with the Black community, our artists, employees, colleagues and community leaders in fighting racial injustice and inequality,” reads a statement from Sony Music. “This will be a day of action committed to meaningful change in our communities both now and in the future.”
“This is not a day off,” explains a post by Columbia Records. “Instead this is a day to reflect and figure out ways to move forward in solidarity… Perhaps with the music off, we can truly listen.”
Other participants – many using the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused – include AEG Presents, Island Records, Warner Records, Atlantic Records, Shady Records, Epic Records, RCA Records and many more.
Phish and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead have announced that they will observe the blackout as well. Both bands stated that their weekly archival broadcasts – Phish’s Dinner And A Movie and JRAD’s RAD Night In America – will be postponed for this week, as they would have aired Tuesday evening.
Additionally, Relix, Jambands.com and its partners at Dayglo Presents (LOCKN’, The Capitol Theatre, Brooklyn Bowl) are proudly participating in Blackout Tuesday.
If you’d like to act in support of the current protests, you can add your name to the Justice for George Floyd petition on Change.org or donate to a number of causes from the Minnesota Freedom Fund to the official George Floyd Memorial Fund.