Music Industry Reacts To Death Of George Floyd With Grassroots “Black Out Tuesday” Campaign

Following the May 25 death of George Floyd, music companies have joined a growing grassroots movement calling for Tuesday, June 2 to be observed as “Black Out Tuesday.” Numerous companies in the music industry have joined the movement as protests have been held in many major U.S. cities, which also included Nashville, Tennessee.

A post, along with the hashtag #theshowmustbepaused, has gone viral, prompting companies to release their own statements of support on social media. As part of the campaign, companies will pause work on this day to “reconnect with our community.”

“Black Out Tuesday” has been deemed a day to unplug from normal business operations to collectively reflect on what can be done to put meaningful change into action. It’s also a day to stand in solidarity with the Black community to fight racial injustice and inequality.

Among the many companies taking part are Warner Music, Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Big Machine Label Group, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Warner Chappell and others. See listing below.

Some of the companies that have publicly stated they will be observing “Black Out Tuesday” include:

117 Entertainment Group
Academy of Country Music
Americana Music Association
Adkins Publicity
BBR Music Group
Big Deal Music Group
Big Loud
Big Yellow Dog
Big Machine Label Group
Blackbird Audio Rentals
Blackbird Studio
Black River Entertainment
CDX Nashville
Centricity Music
Compass Records
Country Music Association
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar
Creative Nation
Curb/Word Entertainment
Creative Nation
Downtown Music
EA Music
G7 Entertainment
Given Entertainment
International Bluegrass Music Association
Live Nation
Marbaloo Marketing
Monument Records
Music Choice
MusicRow Magazine
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Red Light Management
Rhythm House
Richlynn Group
Riser House
River House Artists
Rounder Records
Sony Music
Spirit Music Group
Still Working Music
Tri Star
Universal Music Group
Universal Music Publishing
Visionary Media Group
Warner Chappell
Warner Music



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