WMG, Capital Join Growing ‘Black Out Tuesday’ Music Industry George Floyd Protest: #TheShowMustBePaused
Warner Music Group, Capitol Music Group and Quincy Jones are among those joining a growing grassroots music industry campaign to pause all activity on Tuesday, June 2nd following the death of George Floyd while in police custody and the nationwide protests that followed.
Messages began circulating using the #THESHOWMUSTBESHOWED hashtag on Instagram and other social media platforms on Friday evening May 29th calling for “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community.”
In the hours that followed many artists, record labels and others in the music industry added their support.
Overnight, Capital Music Group announced that it would “not be conducting any business” on Tuesday along with a donation to Color Of Change, a progressive non-profit that organizes campaigns “powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. Until justice is real.”
Warner Music Group also pledged to shut down Tuesday in solidarity and make donations to Black Live Matter and other organizations.
Universal Music Group Ireland and other major and independent labels across the globe also expressed the support.
Other music companies including Live Nation and Sony have signaled support in the last 36 hours, but as of Sunday morning have not specifically pledged to shut down on Tuesday.
Quincy Jones was among the many artists also expressing support.