“There comes a time when silence is betrayal”, Martin Luther King once said. That time is now.
The time has come for us to stand up for what is right and what is equal, against systemic racism and black oppression. What is happening and what has been happening to the black community for decades is wrong, and change can only be made if we dare to speak up.
The time has come for us to admit that we have been part of the problem for not having done more sooner. But now is better than never, and there will be no more silence. Because not having these conversations from fear of doing it wrong is even worse.
The time has come for us to use our influence, platform, and voice to do our part and contribute to a positive change. We do not know what is the best way to have this conversation, and we are not going to pretend that we do. But we can no longer be silent.
The time has come for us to educate ourselves, to listen, and to learn, to support, and to mobilize. Because the more we understand, the more powerful these discussions will become.
The time has come for us to fully support and stand with the black community, in the strive for freedom, liberation, and justice.
Our vision is to enable and support the full potential of every music maker in the world by making the music industry more democratic, accessible, and transparent for all – including the black community. Therefore, we are initiating a new project, with the goal to raise awareness around racism, and inequity in music, with special focus on the negative impact these factors have on music makers’ mental health.
The first step of this project will be to gather insights and knowledge. For this purpose, we would like to extend a humble invitation to members of the black music community to help us out*. The second step will be to create and present a public plan with actionable steps, based on the findings in step one. The third step will be to act on the plan developed in step two in order to drive change.
*If you are a member of the black music community and would like to be part of this project, please send an email where you tell a bit about yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is our belief that every artist – of every color, and every background – should have equal rights and be able to make music and feel good doing it. Whilst we may not have all the right words to say, we refuse to remain silent any longer.
The time has come.