Good Cop PR says: Three Indie Record Store Coalitions Converge At Historic Record Store Day Convention, Lead-Up To The Celebration of the 10th Annual RSD
September 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THREE INDIE RECORD STORE COALITIONS CONVERGE AT HISTORIC
RECORD STORE DAY CONVENTION
FIRST-EVER COLLECTIVE MEETING OF COALITIONS AND INTERNATIONAL RECORD STORE DAY ORGANIZERS
PART OF LEAD-UP TO CELEBRATION OF 10TH ANNUAL RECORD STORE DAY
With Record Store Day celebrating its milestone 10th year in 2017, three independent record store coalitions—the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and the Dept. of Record Stores (DORS)—met with RSD organizers from around the globe for the first ever Record Store Day convention, in Baltimore the last week of August.
The inaugural gathering (dubbed RSD Summer Camp) brought together nearly 150 owners and employees from the country’s top indie record stores plus international Record Store Day organizers and store representatives from the UK, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands. The summer camp-themed gathering was equal parts rally and strategy session, as the stores —some of which are competitors in their cities —swapped ideas, reinforced collective goals and celebrated their success in reenergizing physical media.
Representatives from several label, distribution and vendor partners discussed the state of the industry. Store-owners led TED Talks-esque presentations on a variety of topics, including vinyl genres, expansion, diversity, charity initiatives and branding opportunities. Special guests including country music legend Marty Stuart, punk producer/manager Kosmo Vinyl and Q Prime Management cofounder Cliff Burnstein gave inspired performances and talks on the power of music, independence and positivity.
“RSD’s Summer Camp was a resounding success and the organizers fully expect its impact to ripple out into the business community in a positive way” says Michael Kurtz, President, Dept. of Record Stores and Co-founder, Record Store Day. “Over the course of three and a half days, the independent record store community met with over one hundred distribution, record label, studio, hardware, merch, and artist manager partners to formulate and implement plans to expand sales in the physical world where the majority of not just everyone’s income still resides, but the actual soul of the entertainment business lives.”
About Record Store Day:
Record Store Day, the organization, is managed by the Department of Record Stores and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and promotes independent record stores year-round with events, special releases and other fun things.
Record Store Day, the global celebration of the culture of the record store, takes place annually in April.
Record Store Day 2016 Sponsors:
ADA, Border City Media, Caroline, Crosley Turntables, Disk Union, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, InGrooves, Music Business Association, RED, Red Bull Sound Select, Redeye Distribution, Sony Music, Universal Music Distribution, Warner Bros. Records, WEA
Record Store Day logos can be requested by emailing Information@recordstoreday.com
Photo Credit: Erica Sparlin Dryden
For high res and low res versions of the Summer Camp photo (above), click here: http://www.recordstoreday.com/summercampphoto
General media contacts for RECORD STORE DAY:
Perry Serpa/Leigh Greaney
Good Cop Public Relations
Phone: 212 777-6727
Phone: 917 684-0452