New Occupy Label – Occupation Records
Based in London, Occupation Records is a new Record Label in support of the Global Occupy Movement
Occupation Records is a benefit record label raising funds for, and spreading the messages of the Occupy and related movements through the release of benefit albums, alongside merchandise and live events. The label is an attempt to bring the ethos of Occupy into the music industry in a very practical way. It is run under the ethos of Occupy. All the profits from the album are distributed to the global Occupy movement and related and allied movements.
Decisions are made by consensus, all members are represented by a union, finances transparent and open, with distribution and manufacture being ethical and transparent. The label has also initiated community engagement projects such as most recently “School of Rockupy” were young people are joined with music artists to write, produce, record and distribute a track in one day getting their message out utilizing the processes of Occupy.
The next School of Rockupy will be taking place in June 2012 – details of the first edition with Kate Nash can be found at School of Rockupy
Members of the collective behind the label are also actively involved in Occupy London. Adam Jung, Artist and Industry Relations for Occupation Records, said: "Occupy has pushed the demand to address social and economic inequality to the fore by continually developing creative new ways to spread our message. Occupation Records and today's release of Folk the Banks utilizing a pay what you can afford format is offering another alternative."