Music Business Reacts to White House Policies
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Bandcamp founder and CEO, Ethan Diamond, posted an open letter voicing his opinion on the current policies and attitudes of the Trump Administration by donating all of the site's proceeds earned on Friday, Feb. 3, to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The world is reacting at the lightning speed of information to the new Trump administration’s policies. The result is being felt in various communities, often first seen is the entertainment world. Since Trump’s entry to office, countless celebrities have voiced their opinion fiercely through social media, awards speeches, and the content of their art.
The world music community has seen cancellations of tours due to performers hailing from ban list countries. Industry representation from organizations such as ASCAP and RIAA had initially reached out to Trump hoping for a tightening up of intellectual property laws, but as unease is reaching the labels and media companies- perhaps in fear of backlash from fans and disruption of touring, the game is changing.
Early events in the media show episodes like the cast of Hamilton on stage pointing out their concerns of the US’s new directions, and now we have seen social media lit up with people demanding boycotts of companies like Starbucks for vowing to hire refugees.
The #DeleteUber tag shows contempt for that company's actions during airport protests because CEO Travis Kalanick is on Donald Trump’s business advisory council. Competing rideshare company Lyft gained notoriety for donating a million dollars to the ACLU. Money is a catalyst of change and though the elections are over, corporations continue to vote with their wallets.