Leadership / 06.10.20
'We Gotta Start Makin' Changes': The Live Industry, Nation Grapple With Racism
Editor’s Note: INTIX also participated in the #blackouttuesday and #TheShowMustBePaused observance on June 2. We stand in solidarity with the black community in condemning hate, racism and intolerance. We urge our members and colleagues to join us to help encourage, advocate, educate and inspire others to the needs of our community.
Pollstar (06/04/20) Rendon, Francisco
Social unrest and protests in the U.S. following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25 has revitalized debate on racism and social justice, with many artists and other players in the live industry demanding action. One performer, Chika, has joined many protesters in calling for the defunding of police. She noted that her own detainment for participating in a demonstration has completely broken her faith in law enforcement. Campaigns by the music industry designed to support the protest movement and wider discourse on racism in America include #TheShowMustBePaused blackout on June 2. Pollstar and its sister publication VenuesNow participated in this campaign, and are dedicated to creating and encouraging positive changes in diversity and inclusivity in the live industry. Among those pledging support as well is Live Nation, which announced that it is contributing to the Equal Justice Initiative. "We need to stop the racists that are literally killing culture," the company declared.
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Tags: Leadership , Diversity , Inclusion