The Recording Musicians Association, a player conference of the American Federation of Musicians, embraces AFM President Ray Hair’s recent statement on Black Lives Matter, and acknowledges the 8 minute 46 second video from Minneapolis and what it laid bare: systemic racism persists and is embedded in our national culture in profoundly disturbing and insidious ways. Our thoughts are with the family of George Floyd and the families of all victims of racially motivated violence everywhere.

We further commit to acknowledging the true history of the United States, one which honestly bears testimony to the subjugation of Black people, and to bear personal responsibility to advocate for equality of justice and opportunity not only under the law, but as seen through the lens of 400 years of Black experience in this country.

We pledge to further our commitment to a more diverse and inclusive RMA.