Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal announced it will donate $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and social justice organizations aligned with the BLM message on Friday. The donation is being made on the day Trayvon Martin would have turned 21.
The money for the sizable donation was raised at Tidal’s sold-out charity concert in Brooklyn this October, which featured performances by many Tidal artists as well as owners Jay Z, Beyonce, and Nicki Minaj. At the concert, Usher and Nas performed “Chains,” which calls out police brutality against African Americans.
Tidal owners were able to select the recipients of the donation, and they chose to give the money to the following organizations and causes: Opportunity Agenda, Hands Up United, Sankofa.Org, Community Coalition, Dream Defenders, Black Youth Project, Baltimore Justice Fund, Empowerment Development Corporation, Million Hoodies, NY Justice League, Ohio Students Association/Organizing Collaborative, the Trayvon Martin Foundation, the Michael O.D. Brown We Love Ours Sons and Daughters Foundation, and the Oscar Grant Foundation.