Written by Sina Watson
It’s my favorite day of the week. New Music Friday, but today the releases feel different. On Tuesday June 2, 2020, the music industry vowed to pause business for a day in observation of #BlackOutTuesday. Two black female record executives from Atlantic Records created the idea for the entire industry to pause for reflection and involvement in the community. During the #showmustbepaused, artists, labels, and networks alike, took to social media to show their support for black lives. Instead of the usual promotions and press releases, our feeds were filled with black squares and content urging to justice and social reform.
Business is back, but the conversations and tone has changed since Tuesday, with artists and labels continuing to push for reform and donating to support the cause. Today (June 5th), until midnight PST, Bandcamp is waiving their share of sales to support artists impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, these artists and labels here will be donating their share to organizations in support of racial justice and change. On June 19th, Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their shares to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to support their work. Collective Data has been compiling a list of Black artists, labels, and producers which is constantly being updated which can be found here.
Many of today’s releases have been planned prior to the uprising in the last week. Unlike a typical New Music Friday, many artists have opted to pause on promo and donate their proceeds to different organizations. The following artists and labels have releases today with their proceeds benefiting racial and social justice reform.
Chicago House producer is back on Repopulate Mars with his latest release ” Forgotten one.” All profits from the release will be going to Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Opression. John has also donated $1500 up front while waiting for royalties from the song to accrue.
My favorite curly haired house Dj Justin Jay has been sending this track in all his recent sets and live-streams. His “Send It” EP is out now on Patrick Topping’s “Trick Label” with all of the proceeds going to the “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People“.
100% of Mau5trap label earnings from Bandcamp today will be directly to the official George Floyd Memorial Fund. You can purchase San Diego producer Speaker Honey’s latest EP “Super Future,” along with other Mau5trap artists music here.
Grammy winning producer Nitti Gritti highly anticipated melodic “All In EP,” was released today. According to the artist’s Instagram post yesterday, he will not be promoting it today in order to focus on the movement. He will be donating every penny from his merch to support organizations for change. Shop here.
House producer Noizu has uploaded some of his acapella’s to Bandcamp for artists to remix. He will be donating and matching 100% of the income to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
I’m excited to see the music industry to continue to push forward for change even after #blackouttuesday. The last week alone has proved how powerful the music industry’s pockets and influence is. Just imagine what we can accomplish in this community if we keep this momentum.