On Tuesday, June 2nd, the music industry participated in Black Out Tuesday, a day in which the industry pressed paused on business to show solidarity with the black community. Now, the industry has launched a website that will allow professionals to donate their wages from a day of work to Black organizations.
By visiting DonateMyWage.org, individuals can donate to various organizations, including Loveland Foundation, Black Lives Matter, NAACP LDF, National Lawyers Guild, Audre Lorde Project, Black Women’s Blueprint, Color of Change, Colorlines, ACLU, Equal Justice Initiative, Families Belong Together, RAICES, Showing up for Racial Justice, SisterSong, and United We Dream.
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Black Out Tuesday is a day for members of the music community to focus on putting action towards change and doing our part to end racial injustice. For all of us, this moment of pause is a privilege. We acknowledge that our collective success has been built on years of systemic and institutional racism and we demand change. Change requires funds to back efforts, so we invite you to join us as we donate our collective wages from Black Out Tuesday to organizations fighting racial injustice and anti-racism. www.donatemywage.org #DonateMyWage #TheShowMustBePaused
The website has a built-in calculator that will calculate an individual’s wage for the day. The site also explains the purpose of Black Out Tuesday and features a pledge that reads, “I take this day to show solidarity to Black Lives Matter, George Floyd and others who have long suffered racial injustice, and I pledge my voice, presence and financial support to organizations who have been fighting this fight a lot longer than I have and whose work is actively changing our world.”
Many country artists participated in Black Out Tuesday by posting a black square on social media and leading fans to resources of how to help the fight against racism and police brutality. In addition, many country artists have spoken out individually about the police killing of George Floyd, which has since sparked protests and conversations about race and law enforcement across the country.