Music & Entertainment Companies Rally Around ‘Black Out Tuesday’

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What started with a a sprinkling of major label divisions has now stretched to cover a broad swath of music and entertainment companies.  Now, ‘Black Out Tuesday’ is being observed by a substantial number of entertainment industry professionals — and could become an annual event.

‘Black Out Tuesday’ was conceived as a pause and show of solidarity for African-American grievances and support for protests throughout the country. Now, the time out and day of reflection has been embraced by a large number of music and entertainment companies.

The concept, which first gained steam on social media last week, carried the #TheShowMustBePaused hashtag while calling for the daylong ‘Black Out’. The industry-viral post outlined Tuesday as a day “to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” to impart an “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”

Columbia Records clarified that “Black Out Tuesday” should not be treated as a simple day off, but a time for studied reflection.  “This is not a day off,” the Sony Entertainment label stated.  “Instead, this is a day to reflect and figure out ways to move forward in solidarity.”

Ultimately, the movement encompassed support from all three major labels and their various recording and publishing divisions.

That includes Atlantic Records, Warner Records, Capitol Music Group, Columbia Records, Def Jam, Elektra Music Group, Republic Records, Interscope Geffen A&M, Island Records, Sony/ATV, and Virgin EMI Records. But that support quickly spread beyond the big label ecosystem, with companies like Tunecore, CD Baby, SoundCloud, and BMI emailing Digital Music News to share news of their participation.

“On June 2nd, BMI will observe ‘Black Out Tuesday,’ as we stand together with the Black community, our colleagues, employees, songwriters, composers, and the entire music industry in condemning hate, racism, and intolerance,” BMI emailed DMN. “Now is the time to unite our voices and speak out against injustice. BMI is committed to driving respect and equality for all, and we will actively seek out and support efforts to create the meaningful change that is so desperately needed.”

Straddling the music industry, agencies like UTA, ICM Partners, WME, and CAA joined suit. Management companies like Artists First, Inspire Entertainment, and Silver Lining Entertainment also signed on, with ViacomCBS, Funny or Die, and AGC Studios also marking the day of reflective observance.

“UTA will join the Blackout Tuesday movement – suspending our business operations in solidarity with the black community and those fighting against social injustice in our country,” the company announced. “During this time, we will also be silent across our social channels and take time to listen, reflect, and educate ourselves. We will use our position in the industry to support the voices affected by oppression, racism, and hate. We ask that you all do the same.”

6 Responses

  1. JBneon

    So small local musicians have suffered for the last 3 months under a lock down pandemic. Finally when localities are easing restrictions on live music. The billion $$$ Music & Entertainment Companies want to show solidarity for African-American grievances. Where have they been for the last 30 years ?

  2. JBneon

    Would it not be more advantageous to have musicians play out and voice there support while a captive audience is attending. Platitudes from the “big label ecosystem” mean nothing if they go back to there old ways.

  3. Ian

    I’m inside one of these companies.

    So… basically this ridiculous idea was from some black staffers.

    So everyone said wow, that’s such a great idea. so brilliant wow. Gee, please don’t call me a racist I support this.

  4. Screw You

    I’m Sure All The Karens Blacking Out There Social Media Are Full Of BULLSHIT…… Will Happily Run Down To The “Ghetto” To Hand Out Bricks And Spray Paint Cans To Every Black Person They Can Find!
    Fucking Hypocrites
    HATE HATE HATE All Your Fake Bullshit!
    Just Leave Us Alone!
    We Don’t Need Your Kind Of Help
    Malcolm X Was Right
    The White Liberal Is The Most Racist FOX
    And Is Not A Friend Of Black American
    Don’t Get Used!

    • Angelito

      You’re sure of that, huh? It’s not just your opinion? What a mess you are.

  5. Bugged

    So those same if compared its still get paid, but smaller indie musicians locked out by this are unpaid.

    What a scam.

    They could have put up the same music list as optional. Do I want major corporations choosing what I listen to?