War Child UK have teamed up with Virgin Music Label & Artist Services to create the new independent label War Child Records.
The charity’s new joint venture with Virgin aims to help children who are innocent victims of international conflict through the powerful tool of music and its ability to change lives. War Child has worked alongside the music industry to release albums for vital causes since 1995’s Help album.
The record was released through Island Records and reissued last year to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its release. It also arrived on streaming platforms for the first time. The star-studded release featured contributions from Oasis, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Blur, Orbital, Massive Attack, Portishead and Sinéad O’Connor.
War Child has also released the albums 1Love, Hope, Help! A Day In The Life and War Child Presents Heroes Vol.1. The new label will make their back catalogue of releases available once more and now have a vehicle to continue making more records to help as many people as possible.
“We are delighted to be the label services partner for War Child Records,” said Vanessa Higgins, Managing Director of Virgin Label & Artist Services. “It’s a brilliant project and we look forward to supporting the label in their mission to use recorded music to help ensure that no child’s life is torn apart by war.”
“It’s incredibly exciting to be leading the launch of War Child Records,” said Rich Clarke, Head of War Child Records. “There is an amazing heritage of putting out cool and credible music to make a difference. The mantra has always been, ‘If you wouldn’t release if it wasn’t a charity record, don’t release it’, and that’s something I plan to stick to.”
He continued: “I can’t wait to make the catalogue available again to this generation of music fans and start working with the next generation of artists who can use their platform to change the lives of children affected by conflict. There are some really exciting projects in the pipeline so watch this space.”