Iconic independent music chain, Amoeba Records, has launched a GoFundMe in a bid to survive the financial damage inflicted by the current coronavirus crisis.
While the world of music has been heavily disrupted during the pandemic, independent businesses continue to feel the worst of it as strict social distancing measures has forced shops to close.
Amoeba Records, who enjoy hugely popular record shops in San Francisco, Berkeley and Los Angeles, have felt the financial downturn particularly hard and are now attempted to crowdfund the resources to stay alive. Their aim is to raise $400,000 to keep the business, and their staff, afloat.
“We have weathered many storms-911, recessions, the Internet, downloading and streaming. But we don’t know that we can weather the COVID-19 storm,” the owners said in a statement. “All three of our stores have been closed since mid-March and must remain closed indefinitely. With no way to generate income, our savings are running out, with bills and rent coming due, and with a primary commitment to our staff, who we are trying to keep as healthy and financially sound as possible.
“We’d like to reassure you that we’re doing everything we can to keep Amoeba going, and to position ourselves to play a vital role in what is for now a very uncertain future. We know how much we’re all going to need Amoeba again, this oasis of music, where we can find each other once more.
“We’re exploring every possible means of support, including federal and local grants and loans. But these funds are not guaranteed to come in, and they won’t meet the needs of our short-term future. So, we most humbly ask for your help. We know that this is a very difficult and uncertain time for everyone, and we understand that there are many individuals and organizations in need.
“If you are in a position to help us, we would be incredibly grateful to receive that support. Any donation to this campaign will contribute to the cash resources we need to deal with the immediate future, to take care of our staff of over 400 Amoebites, and to allow Amoeba to continue operations.”
If you can afford to help out Amoeba Records, donations are being kindly accepted here.