Two Black women in the music industry, Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, have created #TheShowMustBePaused in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and, in their own words, ‘countless other Black citizens at the hands of the police’.
With the aim of disrupting the working week, #TheShowMustBePaused urges people within the music industry to take time out on Tuesday 2 June to reflect on what actions are needed to collectively support the Black community.
‘The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. An industry that has profited predominantly from Black art.
‘Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable.’
‘The BPI and BRIT Awards stand in solidarity with our label members, their creative talents and our partners across the wider music community in support of #BlackOutTuesday for #BlackLivesMatter. Music has the power to unite communities and give people a voice as they work together to bring about positive social change.
‘Like many of our members, we will suspend normal business tomorrow (2/6/2020) and our staff will share in this moment to reflect on the recent tragic events, stand in solidarity with all those who suffer discrimination and encourage our leaders across the world to act.’
The Musicians’ Union said:
‘We are joining the #TheShowMustBePaused tomorrow, to stand in solidarity with Black communities and be part of an action that we hope affects real change and starts an honest conversation about racism and its deadly consequences.
‘As part of #TheShowMustBePaused, the MU will not be participating in events, responding to emails or posting on social media for 24 hours – from 12:00 am on Tuesday 2 June to 12:00 am on Wednesday 3 June.’
The MU also posted the following resources ‘for white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work’: