U.K. Music community with more than 700 members including artists, managers, executives at record companies , agencies , the live music industry and the creatives like songwriters and producers have stood together to sign a letter pledging to combat hate and division.
The British rapper Wiley tweeted recently on instances of anti-semitism, islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia and the systemic racism and racial inequality highlighted by continued police brutality in America. He said,’ “We are at our worst when we attack one another.”
#NoSilenceInMusic is the title of the open letter signed by artists The 1975, Lewis Capldi, Lily Allen, Niall Horan, Rita Ora, Violet Skies, Westlife, Years & Years and Yungblud. Top companies Island Records Ceo Darcus Bease, CAA co- head Emma Banks, Warner/ Chappell CEO and co-chair Guy Moot, Hipgnosis Songs Merck Mercuriadis and Modest Management’ ‘s Richard Grifftihs. Three major labels groups including Sony Music, Warner, Music, and Universal Music Group with Capitol, Domino, EMI Records, TaP Music, UTA and X-Ray Touring, as well as SOngwriter Jimmy Napes and Producer Nile Rodgers.
The letter said,’We, representatives from the music industry, write to demonstrate and express our determination, that love, unity and friendship, not division and hatred, must and will always be our common cause.
In recent months through a series of events and incidents, the anti-black racists and antisemites, plus those who advocate islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, have repeatedly demonstrated that they clearly want us all to fail. Whether it be systemic racism and racial inequality highlighted by continued police brutality in America or anti-Jewish racism promulgated through online attacks, the result is the same: suspicion, hatred and division. We are at our worst when we attack one another.
Minorities from all backgrounds and faiths have struggled and suffered. From slavery to the Holocaust we have painful collective memories. All forms of racism have the same roots — ignorance, lack of education and scapegoating. We, the British music industry are proudly uniting to amplify our voices, to take responsibility, to speak out and stand together in solidarity. Silence is not an option.
There is a global love for music, irrespective of race, religion, sexuality and gender. Music brings joy and hope and connects us all. Through music, education and empathy we can find unity. We stand together, to educate and wipe out racism now and for our future generations.