Systemic racism is a massive problem that we are 100% committed to helping dismantle.
Songtrust stands in solidarity with the Black community and is committed to working actively against racism and all forms of injustice and exclusion. In collaboration with several of our black colleagues, our leadership teams are actively exploring the best route to create long term and impactful change. We pledge to learn, listen, and fight for change. We have a long way to go, as does the music industry, but we’re in this fight for the long haul. We thank you for your continued support and being a part of our community. A collection of organizations, funds, and resources to fight against racism and injustice in our community.
Stop Hate UK
Originating in 1995 following the murder of Stephen Lawrence, Stop Hate UK is an organisation committed to supporting people affected by all forms of hate crime across the UK.
The Amos Bursary was set up to address the under representation in established higher education institutions and the professions, of young British men of African and Caribbean Descent.
100 Black Men of London
Education, development and uplifting of our youth and the wider community.
BLAM was established as a service provider with a focus on teaching black history to school children across London.
Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI)
Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) provides support for people who have suffered hate crime, including attacks that were racist, homophobic, transphobic and/or sexist.
Race Equality First
For more than 40 years, Race Equality First has worked to raise awareness of and fight discrimination and hate crime in Scotland.“We are experts in the field of race equality and advice the United Nations and the UK government,” the charity states.
Color of Change
The largest online racial justice organization in the country helping fight to end the war on Black people in the US
Black Lives Matter
A global organization whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
Afrotectopia is a social institution created at the intersections of art, design, technology, Black culture, and activism. Afrotectopia cultivates spaces for Black radical imagination through annual festivals, think tanks, international fellowships, alternative schools, and more.
Black Music Action Coalition
A UK-based advocacy organization, the Black Music Action Coalition was formed to address systemic racism within the music business. BMAC advocates on behalf of Black artists, songwriters, producers, managers, agents, executives, lawyers and other passionate industry professionals.
Black Music City
Black Music City, in collaboration with Philadelphia public music radio stations WXPN-FM and WRTI-FM and REC Philly, is a program that calls upon Black creatives in the greater Philadelphia area (PA, NJ, DE) working in any creative medium to submit their project ideas honoring Philly’s Black music history for a project grant.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
Power Up with PRS
Shaped by 80 Black music professionals, PRS Foundation’s new programme, Power Up with PRS, offers targeted support to remove barriers for Black music creators and industry professionals, and calls for tangible action from the music industry.
An intersectional social justice organization investing in those who are the most directly impacted by cyclical poverty, inequality, and state violence
As a music development organisation, based in Kings Cross' Tileyard Studios, Urban Development plays an integral role in the growth of urban music in the UK. Combining business acumen with an understanding of youth culture, we stand at the crossroads where the creativity of underground new music meets the music industry.
Love Music Hate Racism
Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) uses the energy and vibrancy of the music scene to promote unity and celebrate diversity through education and events. Our message is simple, there is more that unites us than divides us; and nothing demonstrates this more than music.
Article, Book, and General Resources
United Nations - Let’s Fight Racism
The United Nations’ initiative promoting each and every one of us to stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes
“Why We Must Be Actively Anti Racist”
What we can do to tackle the systematic racism and white privilege that our societies are built on including a list of books and people to follow.
Racial Equity Tools
A training to understand structural racism, practice analyzing and applying, and build confidence and skills to act individually and collectively
A list of projects and funds for you to give back to, tips for those on the ground protesting, and social media advice for sharing your voice.
“For Our White Friends Desiring To Be Allies”
Six things you can do to be a stronger ally in your community
Find your representatives, see where they stand, demand action to end police violence
We The Urban
A publication enlightening, inspiring, and empowering today and tomorrow’s cultural pacesetters celebrating inclusivity, self-love, & marginalized voices
Diverse Reads Book List
Kid-friendly books to help you better have the conversation about racism with your children.
Know Your Rights Camp
Their mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next
Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Others
Dealing with prejudice—whether it’s microaggressions, bias, or discrimination—is physically and psychologically demanding. But avoiding it is not always an option. Use this guide to understand where prejudice comes from, what it looks like, and how you can help others experiencing it.
An initiative created by two Black women in the music industry aiming to hold the industry accountable to protect and empower the Black communities.
A document for white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work with articles, podcasts, films, organizations and more.
This fellowship initiative is intended to fight for social and economic justice within the music industry by amplifying independent, Black-owned music businesses. Songtrust is proud to sponsor and advocate for BIMA alongside our friends at A2IM.
Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative
A black trans and queer led collaborative that builds the power of people to wage and win campaigns that force systematic divestment from the prison industrial complex and investment in the services that support us.
Video and Audio Resources
‘It’s Nice That’ BLM Resources
A collection of petitions to sign, funds and charities to donate to, and resources for educating yourself and those around you.
Black Podcast Network
The Black Podcast Network provides and promotes Black podcasts.
NY Times Podcast ‘1619’
A New York Times audio series, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, that examines the long shadow of American slavery.
BLK F’LNGS Podcast
Join as we share our journeys through therapy! Normalizing mental health & self care in our communities together.
Black Men Ski | Stew | TedTalk
What happens when a black man visits Aspen? Singer/songwriter Stew and his band are about to let you know.
Color Blind or Color Brave? | Mellody Hobson | TedTalk
The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring -- makes for better businesses and a better society.
We Need to Talk About an Injustice | Bryan Stevenson | TedTalk
In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
What if we ended the injustice of bail? | Robin Steinberg
On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States are locked up in jail simply because they don't have enough money to pay bail. The sums in question are often around $500: easy for some to pay, impossible for others. This has real human consequences -- people lose jobs, homes and lives, and it drives racial disparities in the legal system. Robin Steinberg has a bold idea to change this. In this powerful talk, she outlines the plan for The Bail Project -- an unprecedented national revolving bail fund to fight mass incarceration.
Life of Privilege Explained in a $100 Race
Privilege, Class, and Social Inequalities explained in a $100 Race.
#TellBlackStories – Podcast from the Color of Change
Hear the voices of changemakers, content creators and activists leading the movement for authentic and powerful representations of Black people.
Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.
Pod Save The People
On Pod Save the People, DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with Sam Sinyangwe, Kaya Henderson and De’Ara Balenger. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color.
Want a more just world? Be an unlikely ally | Nita Mosby Tyler | TedTalk
A more equal world starts with you. Citing a formative moment from her own life, equity advocate Nita Mosby Tyler highlights why showing up and fighting for others who face injustices beyond your own lived experience leads to a fairer, more just future for all.
How racial bias works and how to disrupt it | Jennifer L. Eberhardt | TedTalk
Our brains create categories to make sense of the world, recognize patterns and make quick decisions. But this ability to categorize also exacts a heavy toll in the form of unconscious bias. In this powerful talk, psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt explores how our biases unfairly target Black people at all levels of society -- from schools and social media to policing and criminal justice -- and discusses how creating points of friction can help us actively interrupt and address this troubling problem.
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