Warner Music Group announced that they would be putting $100 million dollars toward charitable causes related to the music industry, social justice, and campaigns against violence and racism.
The music label, which oversees the careers of mega acts such as Cardi B and Bruno Mars, made the announcement one day after Blackout Tuesday, the Black Lives Matter social media campaign used to bring awareness to police brutality and racism.
“This fund will support the extraordinary, dedicated organizations that are on the front lines of the fight against racism and injustice, and that help those in need across the music industry,” Steve Cooper, CEO of Warner Music Group said. “Our advisory panel, which will draw from a diverse cross-section of people from our team and the wider community, will help us be very thoughtful and accountable in how we make an impact. We’re determined to contribute, on a sustained long-term basis, to the effort to bring about real change.”
Other music labels such as Republic Records, announced that they would be postponing Friday’s music releases to use “the time to reflect on the injustices happening to the Black community in America, and discuss how we and our artists can use our voices to impact and create real initiatives for change in our communities.” Interscope will be pushing back their releases as well.
The music community has continued to voice their solidarity with the Black Lives Movement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis.