Nationwide the country is asking how to support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. In particular, the music industry is in full support for the movement in cases of Blackout Tuesday and vocal advocacy. As protests continue demanding widespread criminal justice system reforms, Portland and Seattle sustain national attention for their response.
The communities’ messages are clear: police brutality and discrimination of POC must end. Back-burner concerns of supporter burnout linger as many allies may have never experienced police brutality in such close proximity. Combating some of that fatigue, several bass music artists are exchanging unreleased music or sample packs for donations to BLM and associated causes. Check out some of the artists representing one of the PNW’s favorite genres below.
Receiving receipts to the tune of $21,673 and counting, DMVU largely kicked off the trend. Originally donations were all pledged to the NAACP but due to the outpouring of support have since been split between bail funds, NAACP, ACLU, Reclaim the Block, and the George Floyd Memorial Fund. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of donation to take advantage of his unreleased music pack.
In a joint venture with Cymatics FM, the household bass figure has teamed up for an intense sample pack. For $25 you can take home the pack including a Dion Timmer feature. Donations will be split into thirds to BLM directly, Campaign Zero, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Purchase the sample pack here.
Deadbeats-backed duo um.. unveiled a massive unreleased music package for fans donating $10+ for any cause related to the BLM movement. Among the eight tracks, two remixes are for Zeds Dead and ATLiens. In addition to their full-length tracks, they’ve also dedicated a sample pack with over 150 samples. Send receipt screenshots to email@example.com, and add to the 100+ request they’ve received so far.
Originally pledging unreleased music for any BLM organization donation, Minnesota has since widened the criteria to include people actively speaking up or attending protests. Adding one further step, he’s guaranteed free tickets to an undetermined future show for arrested peaceful protesters. Find more information here.
G Space, Squnto, and Eazy Baked
Other artists exchanging unreleased music for donation receipts to BLM-related cause include G Space, SweetTooth, and Eazy Baked. Find more information where to send receipts using the links attached to each artist.
Opportunity to support both artists and causes
Above all, the most critical action is maintaining strength in numbers. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the flood of news and protest responses. But collective voice is the most important thing to remember and there are so many options and resources to choose from. Coupled with the promise of unreleased music from some great artists for continued BLM support, this initiative is a win-win. Consider supporting any of the above links with a donation, or visit this link tree for resources and other involvement.
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