A group of musicians is calling for artists to pull their music from Amazon’s music streaming service till it ends its ties with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement company (ICE), as noticed by Stereogum. The group, No Music For ICE, was formed beneath the nonprofit advocacy group Fight for the Future last month, initially asking artists to sign a pledge to boycott performing at Amazon-sponsored events.
Now, in a brand new letter, No Music For ICE is calling for artists to go one step further and remove their music from Amazon’s streaming service, starting on Black Friday and continuing through “the holiday shopping & travel season, when gross music sales are often at their peak.”
No Music For ICE has four demands of Amazon: terminate existing contracts with ICE and other authorities companies with alleged human rights abuses; cease offering cloud companies to organizations that power deportations; finish initiatives like Amazon Ring’s surveillance partnerships with police; and “reject any future engagements with such bad actors.”
Amazon doesn’t directly have a deal with ICE. However, it does have an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security. Amazon Internet Providers hosts DHS databases that are then used to track down immigrants.
Artists like Atmosphere, of Montreal, YACHT, Zola Jesus, Deerhoof, and The Black Madonna signed on to Fight For The Future’s initial petition to boycott Amazon-sponsored occasions, which arrived within the wake of an uproar over Amazon announcing its first music festival, Intersect Competition. Hosted by Amazon’s cloud computing and Webhosting division, Amazon Internet Providers, Intersect Competition is about to happen in Las Vegas on December 6th and 7th, with acts like Foo Fighters, Beck, and Kacey Musgraves. Several artists voiced concern, saying they were not aware Amazon hosted the competition after they signed on. Amazon says the affiliation was talked about several instances in the reserving paperwork.