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A year later, the quest remains the same. #TheShowMustBePaused and the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) steadfastly continue their fight to achieve sustainable racial diversity, equity and inclusion in the music industry.
After #TheShowMustBePaused co-founders Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas brought the multibillion-dollar industry to a standstill on June 2, 2020 (marked by black boxes on social media), that day of reckoning inspired some immediate action. Major labels and other companies established funds to donate to various Black community organizations. Task forces were created to support Black employees and executives advocating for in-house change. Black diversity, equity and inclusion officers were hired. And Sony, BMG and other firms launched initiatives to cancel recoupments and fix inequities in royalty payments to legacy artists.