Hello Everyone, I hope you are all doing well today.
I would like to take a moment to share with you a recent email exchange I had with one of the online music promotion companies that I have been working with over the course of the last 3 months.
First of all, I want to make it very clear that I have great respect and appreciation for this very reputable online music promotion company, and the entire team that I have had the pleasure of working with. Out of that respect, appreciation and protection of privacy, I have completely redacted the conversation.
However, because I think it is also important that my fans and supporters have some insight into, and understanding of, the challenges and difficulties I face as an artist (and have faced ever since I decided to make music that helps to stop the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, and expose the human rights atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party), I would like to share the following email exchange.
I think people who enjoy my music should be aware of these challenges, as well as the pressure, pinch or quagmire that companies I work with often feel, when attempting to promote my music in the digital space.
*PLEASE NOTE: While drafting this blog post, I did receive a follow-up email from this online music promotion company, with good news. So please read through to the end.
An Online Music Promotion Company:
“Thanks for sending your song 'In The Storm'. We appreciate you choosing us for your promotion needs; however due to the lyric "..., have been deceived by the Chinese Communist Party, what a dreadful storm [they’re in]", we are unable to promote this song. We do not promote any songs that specifically campaign for/against any politician or political party.
We do feel it is important for our clients to voice their opinion on social justice or political/politically based issues, however we do have to be clear that we are not able to promote song(s) with specific messages about a political campaign, politician, or political party.
We would still love to promote a different song from you in order to fulfill the promotion credit if you’d like.
Please respond with your song link to this email and we will review promptly.” – An Online Music Promotion Service
“Good afternoon, [BLANK] and the [BLANK] Team.
Thank you very much for providing an update regarding the promotion of my song “In The Storm.”
However, it is now internationally well known that the Chinese Communist Party is an extremely egregious offender of human rights abuses, committed against its own people. As I have explained previously, my music, in a tasteful and compassionate – yet direct and truthful way, exposes some of the atrocities currently being committed by the Chinese Communist Party.
To imply, in the same message, that your company will not promote an artist’s song that directly addresses human rights abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party, yet you state that your company, “feel[s] it is important for our clients to voice their opinion on social justice or political/politically based issues,” is so sad, to say the least.
These songs of mine speak for:
The persecuted Uyghur Muslim women in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang, who are subjected to forced abortions in labor camps;
The peaceful, young freedom fighters in Hong Kong who are being 'disappeared' and taken into custody under the National Security Law; and
The Falun Gong practitioners in China who have been murdered, and their internal organs sold on the Chinese black market.
These are all crimes being committed by the Chinese Communist Party that I speak about in my songs.
Of course, I completely understand that the tech companies (YouTube/Google) that [BLANK] does business with on a daily basis, are making it extremely difficult to promote music like mine. However, for the voiceless people, like the ones I mentioned above, who feel hopelessly oppressed by the Chinese Communist Party, I must keep these songs at the forefront of my promotional efforts.
Therefore, I cannot, with a clear conscience, continue to spend my promotional dollars with the [BLANK] company – though I do deeply and sincerely appreciate everything the team has done, in a short period of time, to help take my music promotion to the next level.
To All, thank you for everything, and kind regards.
Rise” – Rise-Ascend
An Online Music Promotion Company:
“After further review, we will be able to promote your song 'In The Storm'.” – An Online Music Promotion Service
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