BMI’s open door policy means more than just supporting different genres of music. It means giving everyone the chance to use their unique voice and join together with others to be heard and create change. At this point in our history, that openness is crucial to share ideas, learn how to connect and take actions that matter to fight social injustice, racism and inequality.
An important step is knowing where and how to help. We’ve compiled links of resources taken from many organizations and outlets that are also getting involved. These extensive lists provide information on the issues at hand, can help you find out how to register and exercise your right to vote, let you know how to contact your local legislators, and also how you can engage with, and donate to, leading organizations in the fight against racism. These lists are by no means a comprehensive account of all the organizations out there working to support these efforts, and we will continue to update and add other resources as needed.
We hope you will take action with the information below, as we as a company are doing. We’re honored to represent over a million songwriters, composers and publishers…let’s use our collective voice and be heard.
ACLU - The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit organization founded in 1920 “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
Artists for Peace and Justice - APJ is comprised of artists, advocates, and creatives across all disciplines who believe in the power of artists to change the world. APJ believes that everyone has the creative capacity and voice to make a difference and that it is our duty to leverage our collective talent to help create a more just and peaceful world.
Black Lives Matter – BLM is dedicated to the ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever. They provide official information on the Black Lives Matter movement including tips for protestors, FAQs, places to donate, petitions to sign, numbers to text to demand justice for victims, as well as mental health resources, and more.
Color Of Change - The nation’s largest online racial justice organization helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, Color Of Change moves decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
Equal Justice Initiative - The EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
My Brother’s Keeper - President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in February 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential. In 2015, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) was launched, to scale and sustain this mission. Within the Obama Foundation, MBK Alliance focuses on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity.
NAACP - The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Their vision is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
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Contact your local lawmakers and speak your mind. They owe it to their constituents to listen. Find out who to contact and how.
The National Bar Association - The NBA has fought for equal rights under the law since its founding in 1925. For 95 years, they have spoken truth to power about unjustified and unpunished killings of innocent African Americans, whether the method of murder was lynching or gun violence. It is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges, and has instituted a Police Misconduct and Justice Task Force.
8 Can’t Wait - Research shows more restrictive use of force policies can reduce killings by police and save lives. From banning chokeholds and strangleholds to requiring comprehensive reporting, find out where your city stands and tell them to adopt all eight of these policies.
Black Lives Matters provides more than 120 petitions that demand justice for those whose lives have been taken senselessly.
Anti-Racism Resource Guide - Compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein, this comprehensive google doc serves as a resource to deepen anti-racism work. Includes podcasts to subscribe to, videos to view, books to read, film and TV series to watch, organizations to follow on social media, and other additional resources.
IG: themanacho – An Instagram account offering a frank and important conversation about the need to understand the black experience.
Music Workers Alliance - Provides anti-racism resources, organizations which benefit black Americans, bail funds to donate to, twitter info, as well as a national resource list #George Floyd, and more.
Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism – The ADL offers a guide for educators to effectively engage in conversations about race and racism.
How to Explain Racism and Protests to Your Kids – A New York Times article with tips and recommendations to start the conversation about race with children, early and often.
Juneteenth is a significant date in American history that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. More than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, on June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and slavery was abolished. On that day, 250,000 enslaved people were freed. A mix of June and 19th, Juneteenth has become an annual celebratory tradition, with joyous gatherings held throughout Black communities to mark this historic date.
There is a lot of information available, so here we’ve compiled some helpful resources to learn more about the importance of this day.
- The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth provided by the National Museum of African American History & Culture
- CNN’s History of Juneteenth
- The National Registry’s History of Juneteenth
- Looking at the history and evolution of Juneteenth and how it fits in today are articles from: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Historian Quintard Taylor
- Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates Juneteenth
- PBS’s “Juneteenth Jamboree” provides a review of celebrations across the country
- See how John Legend and others celebrate Juneteenth.
115 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color – Put together by New York Magazine, this extensive list includes bail funds, victim memorial funds, frontline funds, community restoration and enrichment organizations, youth-oriented community organizations, as well as policy, political, legal defense funds and other related organizations.