Music Industry Leaders Vow to Pause Business for a Day in Observation of Blackout Tuesday

By Christine Zosche 

The show will be paused. At least, that’s the message coming from leaders and artists in the music business as part of a movement being referred to as Blackout Tuesday. (CNN)

On Friday (May 29), less than a week after George Floyd was suffocated by a Minneapolis police officer during an arrest, numerous music companies and artists began spreading a message on social media calling for “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” and “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.” (THR / Billboard)

Certain channels, playlists and podcasts will go dark on Spotify on Tuesday. (Variety)

Management company Artists First, agencies APA and CAA, and ViacomCBS are among those who announced they would participate in Blackout Tuesday. (Deadline)

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