Burger Records leadership changes after mass sexual misconduct allegations
Burger Records has announced the resignation of co-founder and president Lee Rickard after mass sexual misconduct allegations were made.
The label confirmed that “major structural changes” were 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 the label itself and artists on their roster. As well as Rickard departing form his role, co-founder Sean Bohram confirmed he will plan to “move into a transitional role with the label” with Jessa Zapor-Gray becoming interim president.
As well as the restructuring of the leadership of the label they will also rename the organisation BRGR RECS and also begin an all-female imprint to be called BRGRRRL.
The label has also pledged to create a counselling fund “to help pay for counselling services for those who suffered such trauma while engaging in the Burger scene”. Added to that, they will also be designating safe spaces for women and minors at future BRGR events.
The label also had a message for the artists on their list: “If you wish to leave the label, we will not stop you.”
Adding: “We extend our deepest apologies to anyone who has suffered irreparable harm from any experience that occurred in the Burger and indie/DIY music scene, the latter of which we take part,” the statement continues.
“We are also deeply sorry for the role Burger has played in perpetuating a culture of toxic masculinity.”