The Black Creators Fund will provide financial support, resources and a platform to black creators, the singer explains in a statement posted to Instagram. “Looking for black creators who want to enrich the world with their work,” she writes, “use #BLACKCREATORSFUND & tag your favorite black creators in the comments.”
Launching Thursday (June 11), the fund will help amplify black artists’ voice and perspective, read a statement.
The initiative is an ongoing one, and it’ll be entirely funded by the Halsey team.
“If you’re an artist, poet, graphic designer, writer, film maker, music producer, journalist, make up artist, or creator of any kind,” reads the launch statement, “we want to see your work and want to help achieve your goals”
The biracial singer-songwriter — her mom is Irish, Italian and Hungarian, her dad African American – has participated in the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
The “Without Me” singer shared her experiences at those marches on social media. “We were peaceful hands up not moving not breaching the line,” she wrote in one post. “They opened fire of rubber bullets and tear gas multiple times on us. citizens who were not provoking them.”
The U.S. artist said she was hit twice, once by pellets and once by shrapnel. “We were gassed repeatedly for hours.”
In a separate post from earlier this month, she took aim at police for overstepping the mark with protesters. “You think it’s not happening, it’s only the ‘thugs’ and the ‘riots,’ right? The police are keeping you safe right? You’re wrong,” she wrote. “This is happening everywhere. And innocent people exercising their rights to speech and assembly are facing violence and abuse of power.”
Check out details on Halsey’s Black Creators Funding Initiative below.