The death of George Floyd has prompted the music industry to take a united stand on Tuesday, June 2 (#THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED).
Over the weekend a message circulated on Instagram and other social media calling for “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with out community” and “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”
#THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED is the music industry taking responsibility as “gatekeepers of the culture…”
Columbia Records chairman Ron Perry posted last week: “We stand together with the Black community against all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence. Now, more than ever we must use our voices to speak up and challenge the injustices all around us.”
Josh Lauritch 55 Promotion says, “Joining so many of my colleagues tomorrow to stand with the oppressed in our country. I’ve live in Milwaukee for the past 5 years and am ignorant regarding how to help. That shouldn’t be the case. Gonna spend the day getting out of my own way and getting involved in my community. I don’t really know what to start but I’m gonna start somewhere.”
Jeri Cooper says Curb Word stands for inclusion of all, and condemns racism, discrimination, and inequality of any kind. We will continue to use our voices in support of the Black Community.
Labels observing the black out include Warner Music Group, Capitol Records, Sony Music and many more, each with their own plans for honoring the day.