Bella Union roster unites to help labels affected by Sony warehouse fire

News: 31st August 2011 by Louise Dodgson under Finance, Law & Music Business, Record Labels, Selling & Distributing Your Music

Bella Union’s roster has united to try and help some of the PIAS-distributed labels affected by the recent Sony DADC warehouse fire. Fleet Foxes, Explosions In The Sky, Midlake, Beach House, Lanterns On The Lake, The Walkmen, The Low Anthem, I Break Horses, Veronica Falls, Alessi’s Ark, Zun Zun Egui, Andrew Bird, Treefight for Sunlight and many others have donated a special signed t-shirt EACH which will all be part of a one-off eBay Auction.

Simon Raymonde, boss of the label says,  “The bands really wanted to help when they heard what had happened. Even though Bella Union is NOT a label that’s affected directly, we still feel the grief of our friends, and this is a community that cares. I have seen it in the past, when my own label HAS been on the brink of collapse after Pinnacle went bust, and we’re just happy to now return a piece of that goodwill.”

15 of the Bella Union’s artists have given a t-shirt each for the auction, which is being made available as one job lot, with all proceeds going to the fund set up to help labels affected by the Sony DADC warehouse fires.

The auction is open now and will run until 11.30am BST 9th September 2011

The auction can be found here:

More information on the warehouse fire and the fund set up to help labels affected can be found here:

Bella Union: Bella Union is a London-based independent record label that was formed in 1997 by members of Cocteau Twins. One of the first artists to sign was Dirty Three, an instrumental trio from Australia, and since then the label has found the majority of its bands in the USA like Fleet Foxes, Midlake, Beach House, The Walkmen, Laura Veirs, Explosions In The Sky, Vetiver for example, yet more recently a love-affair with Scandinavia has seen the label develop new young artists like I Break Horses, Treefight for Sunlight. In 2011, label boss Simon Raymonde rediscovered his affection for British music again, lost since 1979, and has signed Veronica Falls, Cashier no9, Lanterns On The Lake, and Bristol four-piece Zun Zun Egui. The ethos of the label is simple, as Raymonde puts it " to run a label that I would like to have been signed to myself ".

Association of Independent Music: AIM is a not-for-profit trade body established in 1999 to represent the UK independent music industry. AIM acts for over 90% of the independent market, with over 800 members from small start-ups to the largest and most respected independents in the world.   AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally, leveraging the sector’s power as a fifth major to enable its members to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets. 

In addition to the crucial role AIM plays in advocacy and lobbying for the independent sector, AIM makes a daily difference to the businesses of members by providing advice, training and business support to ensure members have the knowledge, skills and contacts needed to succeed.

AIM oversees an independent sector whose artists have delivered six Mercury Prize winners in the last 10 years, a figure which underlines once again the sector's continuing role and importance in launching Britain’s most ground-breaking artists.    
Artists signed to AIM member labels include: Adele, Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Beach House, Big Pink, Billy Bragg, Bjork, Bloc Party, Bon Iver, Bring Me The Horizon, British Sea Power, Cancer Bats, Coldcut, The Cribs, Darwin Deez, Does It Offend You Yeah?, Fleet Foxes, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, Future of the Left, The Futureheads, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Grizzly Bear, The Horrors, Infadels, Jack Penate, Jarvis Cocker, Jose Gonzalez, Justice, Katie Melua, The Libertines, Lost Prophets, M.I.A., Madness, Marilyn Manson, Maximo Park, Mr. Scruff, The National, Nitin Sawnhey, The Prodigy, The Raconteurs, Radiohead, Reverend And The Makers, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Roots Manuva, Royksopp, Seasick Steve, The Strokes, Sufjan Stevens, Super Furry Animals, Underworld, Vampire Weekend, Villagers, Warpaint, The White Stripes, Wild Beasts, The XX and thousands of others.

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