The UK grime artist will be giving cash to various undisclosed organisations over the next decade. It comes as other artists speak out about the music industry’s racial biases and discrimination.
In a statement released yesterday, Stormzy has promised to donate £10 million to ‘organisations, charities, and movements that are committed to fighting racial inequality, justice reform, and Black empowerment in the UK’ over the next ten years.
He will do so through his record label #MERKY and has promised that his financial support will be a ‘lifetime commitment’. We don’t know which organisations will receive the funds as of yet, but his team has assured the public that they’ll reveal more soon.
This is great news for the UK, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Stormzy is getting involved and helping out. He has a track record of giving out financial donations and aiding charitable causes, including two Cambridge scholarships for black students in 2019, launching a #MERKY deal with Penguin to highlight young authors in 2018, and publicly calling out the UK government on its poor handling of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.