Pledge to support record stores and artists this holiday season

Pledge to support record stores and artists this holiday season

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Your local music economy is under threat from unreliable distribution controlled by the major labels. This makes it hard for local record stores to stock the stuff you want, negatively impacting their businesses while also taking money out of the pockets of artists.

Three major labels control some 70% of the global music industry. In America, all Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group releases are distributed by Direct Shot. Since April 2019, Direct Shot has failed to adequately supply retailers, meaning the records you want may not be available in stores on release day.

Local record stores (and even big-box retailers as well as Amazon) are not able to stock wide swaths of the most in-demand titles, hurting local businesses (because who else besides independent records stores really stocks a comprehensive selection of music these days?) and making artists lose money.

Sure, you can stream it, but buying physical products is the best way to support the artists you love, ensuring they can continue to make the music that moves us all.

And when you buy local, more money stays in your local community. Dollars spent locally create jobs and expand your city’s tax base.

As the English electronic group The Black Dog highlights on their band shirts: “One T-shirt is the equivalent to 6,500 streams on Spotify. 76% of all music in 2019 is streamed and not bought physically or digitally. Band merchandise is the most direct way of supporting an artist.”

The best way to keep local music institutions alive and support your music community is to buy music from local record stores. And if they don’t have what you want in stock, understand that it’s likely not their fault. Is it possible that the corporate powers that be are squeezing out the little guys who cater to our culture?

So ask yourself: Do you want independent music retailers in your city?

If you answered YES! Please sign this petition, then get off your screen and go experience one in your neighborhood. We recommend the following independent record stores who are united in their pledge to support local artists and music economies.


  • Zia Record Exchange


  • Amoeba Music
  • CD Trader
  • Lou’s Records
  • Rasputin Music Chain
  • Rhino Records/Mad Platter
  • Salzer's Records


  • Independent Records
  • Twist and Shout


  • Newbury Comics


  • Central Square Records
  • Park Avenue CDs


  • The Record Exchange


  • Reckless Records


  • Indy CD and Vinyl
  • Wooden Nickel Records


  • Weird Harold's Records


  • Bull Moose
  • Newbury Comics


  • The Sound Garden


  • Newbury Comics


  • Dearborn Music


  • Down In The Valley
  • Electric Fetus
  • Rock Paper Scissors Goods


  • Josey Records


  • Homer's Music


  • Zia Record Exchange

New Hampshire

  • Bull Moose
  • Newbury Comics

New Jersey

  • Tunes Music
  • Vintage Vinyl

New York

  • Looney Tunes
  • Newbury Comics
  • Rough Trade
  • The Sound Garden

North Carolina

  • Schoolkids Records


  • Magnolia Thunderpussy
  • Omega Music


  • Josey Records


  • Everyday Music
  • Exiled Records
  • House of Records
  • Jackpot Records
  • Music Millennium


  • Young Ones Records

Rhode Island

  • Newbury Comics

South Carolina

  • Monster Music & Movies


  • Cactus Music
  • Josey Records
  • Waterloo Records


  • Graywhale Entertainment


  • Pure Pop


  • Plan 9 Music


  • Easy Street Records
  • Everyday Music
  • Silver Platters


  • Strictly Discs


Further reading on this issue:

Above photo: Music Millennium in Portland, Ore., by John Alcala

In support of independent music everywhere, this pledge is spearheaded by Vortex Music Magazine, MusicPortland and Music Millennium

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