After a desperate bid to save their label failed, Burger Records has announced its decision to shut down completely amid mass sexual abuse allegations.
The high-profile label, which was formed in 2007 by co-founders Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard, yesterday announced a total reshaping of their company in a bid to make a systemic change to their outfit following mass allegations of sexual abuse against both members of their staff and artists on their roster.
The label confirmed that “major structural changes” were to begin made from the very top, coming in response to “a good deal of accusations [that] came out over the weekend”.
A series of anonymous allegations have been made over the weekend, with accusers pointing at both band members and senior staff at the label. It was announced that founder Rickard would depart from his role, while co-founder Sean Bohram confirmed he will plan to “move into a transitional role with the label” with Jessa Zapor-Gray becoming interim president.
In their wide-ranging apology, the label also announced the controversial decision to rename the organisation BRGR RECS and also begin an all-female imprint to be called BRGRRRL.
Now, however, the label has been forced to close in its entirety with Bohrman confirming the news.
The planned new leader, Jessa Zapor-Gray, also released a statement announcing her decision to turn down the opportunity to become interim president: “My plan was to quickly begin assessing and evaluating if anything about the label could perhaps be salvaged and made into something better, then eventually hand off a functioning label to a future administration unrelated to the label’s founders; or if I found that rebuilding was not possible, instead to organise and prepare the label for closure,” she wrote.
Adding: “When I was asked to take over in this capacity, I expected some blowback for my decision to accept but I believed that the opportunity to have a role in effecting real and lasting positive change within the Burger and indie music scenes was worth the risk.
“Upon further review, I have informed Burger Records that I no longer believe I will be able to achieve my intended goals in assuming the leadership role at Burger in the current climate. Therefore, I have decided to step away from the label entirely to focus on my other projects.”
All of Burger Records social media channels have been deleted and their website removed to its bare bones. Bohrman later told Pitchfork that they are also in the process of having all Burger Records releases removed from streaming platforms.
Bohrman also confirmed that each artist on their roster owns their music and will be free to do as they please with it after the process is complete.