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[All Platforms][Playlists] Donating to BLM

Casual Listener

With the protests happening yesterday and today in response to police brutality and the senseless murders of several unarmed black people, I think that Spotify should donate a portion or all of the profits they make from people streaming the Black Lives Matter playlist under Black History is Now in discover. There are many avenues to donate, but the simplest would be to Black Lives Matter movement. This is a way for people who can't afford to donate to still support the movement financially and could be a limited action on behalf of Spotify. Here's the donation tab for BLM if any other users want to donate directly 

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Re: [All Platforms][Playlists] Donating to BLM

Visitor

I second this notion. Bandcamp is donating ALL of their proceeds to the NAACP legal defense fund on juneteenth. This would be an excellent opportunity for an extremely financially successful company to take a stance and support the community. 

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Roadie

Please note the amount of complaints on this forum targeted at Spotify specifically for getting involved in politics. I am a foreigner with no interest in American politics, even less interest in Black Lives Matter/BLM, even less in Woke politics, and even less in politics in general. If Spotify is going to donate my subscription fees to political causes, I would prefer them not to do so in the first place, but if they are going to do that, then I would like to be notified so I can reconsider my paid supscription. I pay Spotify for a music streaming service. I actively avoid legacy media and other Big Tech firms's platforms because of their politics. I prefer an apolitical, secular service, but if Spotify wants to get woke, then it can get broke like the rest of them - or at least do so without my subscription. I want tunes. I don't want to 'show solidarity' or even hear about riots in other parts of the world.

Re: [All Platforms][Playlists] Donating to BLM

Casual Listener
I understand not wanting to get beat over the head with American politics, but I also want to emphasize that my idea is for money from one specific playlist be donated. Unless you and everyone else in this thread who are staunchly anti-politics listen regularly to the Black Lives Matter playlist, none of your subscription money would go to any cause at all. By limiting where the money to donate is generated, each individual using Spotify can choose to engage or not.
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Re: [All Platforms][Playlists] Donating to BLM

Roadie

I am opposed to political donations of any kind. I would like proceeds to go towards musicians.

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Composer

It seems your idea @Laura_T1 has caused a little debate. While I strongly agree that corporations such as Spotify should be active and informed in these issues as should every other corporation should be for the good of humanity, Spotify also has obligations to its users that their subscription costs are being used to better enhance the product and pay out artists fairly. Donating some of these profits would compromise Spotify's obligations to its customers and artists, even though it is for a good cause.

 

My idea is that Spotify should budget and plan out a campaign supporting the NAACP, and costs such as artists compensation, product, legal etc are all accounted for and then any extra should be donated back to the NAACP. If Spotify where to just say we will donate all earnings or even a portion from the Black Lives Matter Playlist, it would be an unexpected cost, one they did not plan for.

 

In response to other users, I have to emphasize that these really are not political donations, these are humanity donations. Large companies like Spotify hold a lot of power around the world, if they simply ignore issues like this it really takes the human connection out of the company's mission.

 

That's just my perspective

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Roadie

You are entitled to your perspective and do note that the notion that corporations have a responsibility to get involved in political causes is also a perspective. One with which many disagree. My perspective is that a music streaming service such as Spotify should focus on improving their service, and mostly, if not always, steer as far away from anything as divisive as politics or religion. The NAACP itself is also not an impartial organisation, and is often involved in controversy. Rather stay away from politics entirely, and focus on your customers. 

If I buy lemonade from a lemonade stand, I am primarily concerned with the quality of the lemonade. If they also support a political cause, then that implies that I need to both be concerned with lemonade, and buy in to their political alignment. That is a decidedly smaller audience already. Better to keep all lemonade lovers happy, otherwise you can only keep say NAACP supporters who are also lemonade lovers happy, since you will alienate all the other lemonade lovers.

Politics has caused enough damage already. Rather let it go.


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Composer

You are absolutely right that the NAACP has its flaws, just with every corporation and organization. I think we can agree that Spotify's main responsibility should focus on its content for a better experience to its users.

 

The only thing I will add is that Spotify is not a one man lemonade stand, it has thousands of employees, some employees in public relations whose job specializes on politics and public matter. As a result one would argue that it can take a stance (though we are debating if it should), without compromising its quality if any a microscopic amount. Looking at Spotify's perspective, they probably should be active in these matters as there are a lot of Black Lives Matters supporters who use Spotify. Spotify wants to protect its brand image so they make a stance, it is really  a business decision.

 

Unfortunately those as smart as yourself are underrepresented in this matter as not everyone will realize that with Spotify active in these issues, it could possibly mean a decrease in some feature for its customers (though it could go completely unnoticed). Spotify should let us customers know what there plans are when balancing there stance and our customer experience.

 

That is just my perspective

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Roadie

Just like with the lemonade stand, a corporation cannot take a stance for something without alienating those who are not in favour of taking a stance for the same thing, and risk alienating those who are indifferent towards that thing. Examples of rather big corporations who did take a stance for something and ended up not only alienating their customers, having their service suffer as a result, and doing damage to the very causes that they were trying to support with the best of intentions, are too numerous to mention.

I'm not trying to be smart or trying to disagree for the sake of disagreeing. I'm just a fellow Spotify subscriber who will cancel my subscription if Spotify gets involved with politics. That counts even for political causes which I do support. 

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Composer

Well if you think this is the first time that Spotify had a political stance then I have to let you know you should have cancelled your subscription years ago. In 2017 they launched a campaign protesting the travel ban, going right after the president.

 

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/7/7/15934320/spotify-trump-travel-ban-playlist

 

I know your not disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing, in fact I think we are just saying the same thing. Just try to understand Spotify's position and realize they can't please everyone. At the end of the day it is still by far the best music app, and while it may take an active approach in politics, it does its job for the most part with providing the music we love at a fair price and convenient method. 

 

That is just my perspective.

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