By TikTok's Music Team
Today TikTok is observing Blackout Tuesday, standing in solidarity with the Black community of artists, creators, and the music industry as a whole against the horrendous recurrence of injustice in the long fight against inequality, racism, and violence.
This is not a day off, but a day of action. There will be no playlists or campaigns on TikTok's Sounds page today out of respect for the movement. The effect that Black music, artists, and creators have on TikTok is undeniable. TikTok is proud to be a platform and community where Black music thrives, talent is discovered, and creativity flourishes.
Yesterday we shared that TikTok is providing support in honor of our Black creators by donating $3 million from our Community Relief Fund to non-profits that help the Black community, which has been disproportionately affected by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we are committing another $1 million toward fighting the racial injustice and inequality that we are witnessing in this country. This is just a first step, and we will further develop our ongoing efforts in this space as we work to support underrepresented groups as a whole.
Tomorrow, tune back in as Black Music Month kicks off with special programming to celebrate and highlight Black artists' contributions to popular and trending music on our platform. We hope that you join us in celebrating #BlackMusic, which we amplify on TikTok throughout the entire month of June.
We mark today as an opportunity to show our commitment to supporting and uplifting Black artists and creators who bring new music, shape culture, and help build our community.