at grammy dot com I wrote about the nuts and bolts of how Black musicians in the 50s and 60s were screwed out of their royalties, health insurance, and pensions.…
this piece is based on an interview with scholars Olufunmilayo Arewa and Matt Stahl, who have been researching contract and accounting practices in the music industry. which are quite opaque!…
the super short version is that record companies kept the records of how much they owed artists, and no one really audited them or had the power to audit them, and so they screwed artists over for decades. and never really stopped!…
one of the big things they point out is that labels starting charities and saying they support black artists all rings hollow when they won't open their books to the artists, scholars, or the public.…
if you want to show solidarity with Black artists, first allow an honest accounting of how much you screwed them over.…
a word that it might be worth using in this context is "reparations." a huge amount of the wealth in the music industry is built on the innovation and talent and labor of Black musicians and composers who were never adequately compensated.

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