Stem’s follow-up to #theshowmustbepaused & #blackouttuesday

June 5, 2020 | Written by: Milana Rabkin

Dear Stem Community,

I’d like to start by stating what should be obvious, yet still needs to be said: Black lives matter. The lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and so many others were stolen by police brutality and anti-Blackness, and these murders continue a long legacy of violence against Black people in the United States that is unacceptable.

Stem stands for clarity, accountability, and independence. We see a terrible historic pattern where police are rarely held accountable for excessive use of force and opacity is used as a tool of oppression. We feel a responsibility to speak up about these injustices for myriad reasons, one of which being simply that Stem would not exist without Black art and neither would the music industry at large.

On #BlackoutTuesday, we recognized #theshowmustbepaused to focus on how we can commit to ongoing substantive action to fight against anti-Blackness, racism, and white supremacy. We spent half the day learning from texts and seminars by Black scholars and activists, and half the day discussing what we learned and developing our company’s response together. I challenged myself and our team to brainstorm actions we can take both internally and externally, acknowledging that we must start in our own office.

I am incredibly motivated by my team’s united commitment to this important work and Stem’s unique position to contribute, as a platform focused on expanding economic opportunities for independent artistsHere are the actions we are committing to:

This marks only the beginning of our work, but I felt it was important to share with you our progress so far. Thank you for being a part of our network. We welcome your feedback about how we can continue to do better. 

Milana Rabkin Lewis

Here are a list of seminars, texts, and films we engaged with on Tuesday.