The chaotic juggernaut of the London Riots has extended its destructive reach to the music industry after a fire was ignited at a major distribution centre.
The Sony DMDC building (situated in London’s Enfield borough) was burnt to the ground causing massive losses of stock for a number of independent labels including Matador, Sub Pop, Domino, XL, 4AD, Warp, Rough Trade, Thrill Jockey, and many more.
Importantly, no one was injured as a result of the fire but the loss is a catastrophic blow for a sector of the music industry (manufacturing and distribution) that already struggles in the current market – not to mention the direct impact on artists themselves.
Alison Wenham, Chairman and CEO of AIM, the UK’s Trade Association for the Independent Music Industry released a statement urging fans of independent music to help out: “This is a disaster for the music community, but with the fans’ help, labels and artists will survive. Please show your support for the music community by buying a digital album from an independent label today”.
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