In addition to their expansive efforts to support racial justice and Black music, LGBTQ-centered label Grimalkin Records have released a list of eight steps white people can take to make DIY music more inclusive. The statement, written by the collective’s Black members, reiterates the group’s founding principle of grassroots action and offers universally actionable advice; though it’s addressed particularly to white-run labels, many of its points are applicable to anyone involved or interested in independent music. It also overlaps with more general principles of anti-racism, which are relevant even outside the bounds of art and its gatekeepers.
The All Scene Eye fully endorses this list as one starting point for a stronger community and a more equitable industry. We acknowledge the central role of Black culture and its appropriation in decades of American popular music forms and commit to improving our coverage accordingly.
You can read the statement in full by clicking through each image below: