The Association Of Independent Music has issued a statement calling on music fans to help the independent labels affected by the fire started during riots in Enfield, north London, last night which destroyed a distribution centre operated by a Sony business.
As previously reported, the impact of the centre and its stock being destroyed will be felt far beyond Sony’s own operations, because the warehouse was used by [PIAS], one of the country’s leading distributors of CDs for independent labels, including the Beggars Group, Ninja Tune, Warp, Domino and around 150 others.
AIM has confirmed that all stock held in the warehouse “has been destroyed by the fire”. This could obviously be devastating for many of the labels concerned, as well as independent record stores who sell a lot of that physical product.
In its statement, AIM said: “What music fans can do to show their support for the indie label community, and help them survive this disaster is to buy 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”.
The organisation’s CEO and Chairmen, Alison Wenham added: “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”.
The Sony DADC centre was also used by movie and gaming distributors, so the impact of the fire could hit various branches of the British entertainment business, hitting supply of product in the short term and, for smaller businesses, already operating in a tough economic climate, maybe even resulting in an uncertain future long term.