The fire earlier this week at the Sony DADC warehouse in Enfield has poleaxed the UK independent label community, many of whom saw their entire physical stock go up in smoke – the warehouse was used by PIAS’ distribution division. Now PIAS and AIM have announced plans to establish a fund for affected labels. The fund will include money put in by AIM and its larger members, as well as donations from music fans. It will be administered by AIM on a grant or interest-free loan basis – the details are still being worked out on how exactly that will work. More evidence of how this is affecting some of the more famous independent labels comes from Warp, which has explained that current releases will come out, but that the real problem is the archives. “The biggest challenge for us is replacing Warp’s extensive back catalogue spanning the last 21 years. We will replace as much of this as we can by creating new stock and replenishing where possible with stock from outside the UK. Unfortunately some releases may never be available physically again,” explains the company on its site. Link for donation information Source: Music Ally Blog

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