Black Artist Database (formerly known as Black Bandcamp), which is a community-based platform that features an expansive list of international Black-owned record labels, artists, producers and bands, has recently launched a new branch called Black Creative Database.
From journalists to curators, filmmakers, and photographers, the Black Creative Database spotlights Black creatives across the diaspora. “The purpose of Black Creative Database is to surface the richness of creative talent from the global Black diaspora, in pursuit of wage equity, transparency and stable employment for our extended creative communities,” writes Black Artist Database.
Black Artist Database began as a Google spreadsheet between a group of music enthusiasts in 2020 as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the global pandemic.
“With the outcry after the murder of George Floyd and other Black people globally, Black Bandcamp was created as a response to the structural mistreatment of Black folk in the underground electronic industry. In addition to this, the whitewashing and eurocentrism of the industry functionally erased the culture in which this music is rooted – Black culture,” states Black Artist Database on their website.
“Although it should not have taken a global pandemic for systemic racism to be acknowledged, the circumstances allowed further momentum to be built; this momentum was integral to the project expanding to become a widely embraced resource within the community.”
Whether you’re an artist seeking to be featured on their ever-growing list, or someone searching to work with Black talent, head on over to their website to learn more.