Calling on musicians, nominees, and panelists to join us in boycotting Heavy Music Awards until they drop Amazon

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Earlier this year, the Heavy Music Awards announced that its headline sponsor for 2020 will be Amazon Music. The Heavy Music Awards should not be lending Amazon credibility while Amazon plays a direct role in the US government’s brutal separation of families and cruel attacks on immigrant communities.

We are calling on:

  1. Heavy Music Awards to remove Amazon Music as an event sponsor.
  2. Musicians, nominees and industry panelists to support this demand by refusing to participate in Heavy Music Awards until they drop Amazon. Take action by emailing Heavy Music Awards to tell them why you are withdrawing.

If you are a nominee, musician or panelist, we are counting on you to stand in solidarity with hundreds of musicians, immigrant rights groups, tech workers, and grassroots activists who are organizing to fight Amazon’s complicity in violence against immigrant communities. There is no material reward for winning at the Heavy Music Awards, so this is a small sacrifice to make. If you feel unable to make a stand due to lack of support, please feel free to contact us. Refuse to be complicit. Email us at NoMusicForICE [@] gmail.com. …


Calling on all musicians to join us in boycotting Amazon over their support for ICE’s human rights violations

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The organizers behind No Music for ICE are announcing today that we will organize picket lines at Amazon-sponsored events at SXSW festival this year. We call on all artists, music fans, and supporters of basic human rights to join us in boycotting these events. Musicians should not provide credibility or cool points to a company that plays a direct role in the US government’s brutal separation of families and cruel attacks on immigrant communities. Musicians should instead say NO to ICE by rejecting participation in Amazon events and standing in solidarity with immigrant rights groups, tech workers, and grassroots activists.

SXSW takes place in Texas, where Amazon-powered ICE has inflicted some of its worst violence and abuse. …


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This weekend, dozens of musicians will perform at Amazon Web Service’s Intersect Festival, a manifestation of Amazon’s desire to build toward a monopoly over the music industry.

Sparked in part by outcry from artists who did not know Intersect was presented by Amazon, over 1000 musicians rallied under our No Music For ICE banner to sign a letter demanding that Amazon terminate contracts enabling the gross abuse of human rights. Then, on Black Friday, dozens of artists escalated their commitment by removing their music from the Amazon streaming platform.

Today, we launched a parody site, Complicitfest 2019, to reveal what’s really happening this weekend at Intersect: nomusicforice.com/complicitfest

“No Music for ICE plans to continue protesting until our demand is met — that Amazon ceases to provide technology powering ICE’s detentions and deportations,” Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz said in a statement. “But it was the October announcement of AWS’ Intersect festival that initially inspired us to organize, and to sever all future connections between our work and the human rights atrocities that drive Amazon’s profit. We’re commemorating the festival’s start with a reminder of what Intersect is really built on, and what abuses it’s distracting from. Complicitfest is our parody, but the real harm caused by Amazon, AWS, and Palantir’s collaboration with ICE is no joke.” …

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