Jeff Tweedy Calls for Reparations, Will Donate 5% of Writer Royalties to Racial Justice Organizations
The Wilco frontman proposes a program for artists and songwriters to follow
In a tweet on Thursday, Tweedy outlined a plan where songwriters can donate a direct percentage of their “writer’s share” revenue to organizations that assist the black community.
“I don’t possess the expertise to manifest this initiative, but I can begin to do my part by committing 5% of my writer revenue to organizations that are working toward racial justice, including but not limited to Movement for Black Lives and Black Women’s Blueprint,” Tweedy said in a statement.
He concluded by calling on copyright organizations like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC “to implement such a program” and to commit to reparations to black artists whose work “was stolen outright.”
“Hundreds of us joining together could provide some tremendous relief. Thousands of us committing to a reparations initiative could change our business and the world we live in.”
See Tweedy’s full statement below.