What is the music industry planning to do tomorrow with Black Out Tuesday?

You couldn’t turn on the TV or hit up a news website over the weekend without seeing the fallout from last week’s killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Peaceful protests. Citizen marches. Burning. Looting. Arrests. Rage.

Damn, America. First the virus. Then 40 million people unemployed. And now this.

Killer Mike had some powerful words at a press conference in Atlanta.

Killer Mike is not alone is speaking out. Tomorrow, the music industry is coming together for something called Black Out Tuesday, which is being described as “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community.”

A number of record labels are already on board.

Here’s what Capitol Records had to say: “In solidarity with our Black colleagues, artists and loved ones across the country who are reeling from the senseless taking of another innocent Black life, Capitol Music Group will not be conducting any business on Tuesday, June 2 in observance of ‘Black Out Tuesday’.”

This is from Atlantic Records: “We will support our employees, artists and global community on this day. The music business at WMG will not go on as usual. While this is only one day, we are committed to continuing the fight for real change. We will be using this day to collectively reflect on what we as a company can do to put action towards change and we will be taking steps in the coming weeks and months.”

Interscope Geffen A&M will not release any new music this week. Instead, they will “contribute to organizations that help to bail out protestors 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.”

Sony/ATV says it’s all-in to to “help combat racial discrimination and social injustice.”

This is from Columbia Records: “This is not a day off. Instead, this is a day to reflect and figure out ways to move forward in solidarity.”

UMG will also observe the event along with a long list of independent distributors.

This will be interesting. Watch for the hashtage #theshowmustbepaused.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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