Anti-Racist Resources for Musicians & Artists

The Artist Rights Alliance stands firmly with the Black Lives Matter movement and against systemic racism, police brutality, and institutional oppression.

Music and revolution have always gone hand in hand. As artists, we have platforms that are primed to ignite and further social change. It’s our responsibility to speak out, educate, and elevate voices who may not have the reach we do. To aid in that work, ARA has compiled a list of resources and tools.

No list of anti-racist resources is exhaustive, including this one — but we hope artists, musicians, and our Artist Rights Alliance community find this to be one useful tool among many. Below, you will find links to various resources designed to aid your activism, elevate Black voices, and contribute to your anti-racist and activist education. We have also included links to other more extensive resource lists.

Black Lives Matter: Arts + Culture

Anti-Racism Resources — a resource list, including discussion questions and critical thinking prompts, compiled by Sarafina Nance and Nicole Long

Anti-racism resources for white people — a resource list compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein

Community Action Resources for Equity — by the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation

How to Reimagine the World: Collaboration Principals for Artists & Social Justice Organizers — developed by Micah Bazant, Forward Together, and CultureStrike

Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for RevolutionBeautiful Trouble is a book, web toolbox and international network of artist-activist trainers whose mission is to make grassroots movements more creative and more effective.

POC in Audio — a searchable directory of over 500 sound engineers, producers, editors, composers, and more.

The Evolution of American Protest Music — a video explainer by Vox

All the Latest Protest and Benefit Music Released in Response to Police Brutality — a list by Vulture

No Going Back — A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide for Artists and Activists by The Center for Cultural Power

artEquity — provides tools, resources, and training to support the intersection of art and activism

Revolution Playlist — a Spotify playlist curated by Rachel Cargle

115 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color — compiled by The Strategist (New York Magazine)

Please feel free to reach out to us with other links to add to this list — ARA@artistrightsalliance.org

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