Record Stores Are Facing the COVID-19 Crisis Head-On and Artists Are Stepping Up to Help
#LoveRecordStores campaign launches with Franz Ferdinand, Primal Scream, Paul Weller and more
Despite physical closures of most non-essential shops, many record stores across Canada, as well as the U.S., the U.K. and Europe, are still open for business — though via alternate means. Whether it's though their Discogs pages or via bike delivery, curbside pickup and mail order, stores are doing their best to keep their doors open — at least figuratively.
#LoveRecordStores is now hoping to lend a little more support, with the campaign being led by Jason Rackham of the [PIAS] group, which includes such labels as 4AD, Mute, Warp Records, Thrill Jockey, XL Recordings, Sub Pop and more.
In explaining the initiative, Rackham said the following:
Independent record stores have played a key role in supporting and developing artists and their music for decades, so now it is time for music companies and the artists they represent to step up and give something back. We must support these small businesses if they are to survive this crisis and at the same time we can still play a big part in helping them to continue to introduce their customers to new music. By speaking directly to their audiences about the importance of record stores and encouraging music fans to continue shopping with them online, artists can play a big part in helping secure the survival of this vital part of our industry.
A pile of artists have also already joined the campaign, including Paul Weller, who said, "I'd be lost without my favourite record shops; Rough Trade, Sounds of the Universe, Honest Jon's and all the other independents. Let's all keep them all going in this very strange time. Music will lift our spirits and soothe our souls. Love to everyone."
And while the campaign has so far been focused on the U.K. scene, here's hoping it kicks off here in Canada as well. After all, the message is a universal one.
Down below, you can see a selection of videos posted in the #LoveRecordStores campaign from a variety of artists, such as Franz Ferdinand, Primal Scream, Erol Alkan, the Twilight Sad and more.
And more importantly, check in on your favourite local store. They need your help now more than ever.
A message about how important record stores - and their staff - have been thru my life. Even though we cannot visit our favourite stores, they are still operating mail order services.— erol alkan (@erolalkan) March 26, 2020
Love from us all at @phantasysound #loverecordstores pic.twitter.com/MuMk4iil0l
Record shops will lose a significant amount of trade during the corona crisis and may struggle to continue in months ahead. If you #loverecordstores, it's more important than ever to tell them. Send a message, share a memory, tag your favourite or order online where possible ❣️ pic.twitter.com/x99hxdUh3t— Record Store Day UK (@RSDUK) March 26, 2020
Martin Freeman #loverecordstores— Acid Jazz Records (@ACIDJAZZRECS) March 26, 2020
Independent record stores are massively important to music fans, but they're also really important for artists too.
Join us in supporting them in this difficult time so that they're still here at the end of all this @LoveRecsStores @pias_global pic.twitter.com/nMAIz4J8Wt
Record stores have been so supportive to us, since we put out our first single. I love visiting them & buying my favourite albums, we love playing in-stores. If you can, please support the amazing people & shops that are so important to bands like ourselves. #loverecordstores pic.twitter.com/GbiKfI3Jku— the twilight sad (@thetwilightsad) March 26, 2020
In the midst of this current crisis, it's more important than ever to #loverecordstores. Our co-founder @MrTobyL explains how record stores changed his life and how you can show up and support them now. @LoveRecsStores pic.twitter.com/smJ3kzKiTw— Transgressive (@transgressiveHQ) March 26, 2020
gil scott-heron knew.— Glass Animals (@GlassAnimals) March 26, 2020
it's vital we support all our local record shops in these weird times. a couple that mean a lot to me are @residentmusic and @TruckMusicStore - they have been so supportive of our music from the get go too.
help them out if you can
Don't let our record stores die in this chaos. You can support them by ordering records to your home and keeping this unbelievably important and dynamic industry alive #LoveRecordStores ❤ pic.twitter.com/nIcbPZ2FRh— georgia (@_georgiauk) March 26, 2020