In response to the horrific murders of George Floyd, Breona Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, music executives and former colleagues Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang launched #TheShowMustBePaused.
The initiative is centered upon reflection, conversation and change. It seeks to create an increased sense of accountability within the music industry, a business that has exploited African Americans and African American culture, and actively reimagining the way that black people exist in the music business.
Launched with an industry-wide pause on June 2nd, in which the 3 major record labels and several other music industry behemoths ceased their daily operations, the Show Must Be Paused team hosted a series of discussions for music professionals across different sectors in the industry that drew nearly 1500 attendees.
Other highlights from June 2nd included Apple Music canceling its Beats 1 programming in solidarity and opting to stream the best in black music for the day, Spotify launching several of their playlists with 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence in remembrance of George Floyd and Republic Records moving to reconsider the use of the word “Urban” to describe black music.
The Show Must Be Paused seeking to continue its movement with more conversations, committee assignments, and action items. More information about The Show Must Be Paused can be found at https://www.theshowmustbepaused.com/