Feeds

Indie fans urged to shop to help Sony-signed labels

Small labels hit hard by Enfield arson

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

A call has gone out to fans to help revive the UK's indie music scene, devastated by the London riots. Many of Britain's smallest and most inventive labels suffered disproportionately in the Sony warehouse arson on Monday night.

Typically started by music fanatics and musicians themselves, indie labels don't have the global resources of majors, and like any small business cash flow can be problematic. Almost 200 labels have been affected - Muso's Guide blog has a list here and benefit gigs are being arranged via social networking sites.

"SonyDADC have identified a temporary distribution partner and it is envisaged that they will be in a position to pick, pack and ship orders in the course of next week," said PIAS, the largest indie distributor in Europe, which was badly affected.

Meanwhile the indies' trade association AIM has urged fans to download digitally.

"This is a disaster for the music community, but with the fans' help, labels and artists will survive," said Alison Wenham, chairman of AIM. "Music fans can show their support for the independent label community and help them survive this disaster by buying a digital download of an album from any one of the digital retailers in the UK, as well as going to their local record store while stocks last. This way the labels will be able to remanufacture their CDs and vinyl more quickly, to resupply the record shops who are also affected by the riots."

Independent film distributors were also badly affected.

Although independent labels led the way with digital releases - they never thought DRM was a good idea - significant revenues still come from sales of plastic things. Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills told us last year that 70 per cent of sales of his roster's albums (the Group includes Matador, XL, Rough Trade and 4AD) still comes from CDs. Mills described the arson as "horrible, horrible".

Beggars and PIAS have also worked hard in Brussels to block industry mega-mergers, founding Impala, the trade association, in 2000. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.