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Amoeba Music Launch GoFundMe To Stay Afloat During COVID-19 Shutdown


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For decades Amoeba Music have been a mecca for physical music releases in the United States, even amid the constant decline of the brick-and-mortar presence of the music industry. However, with the ongoing restrictions put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Californian musical institution (which was in the process of moving to a new location) and its handful of sister stores have been facing tough times with no real end in sight.

In a bid to stay afloat and keep their some 400 employees looked after while the company is unable to do business as usual, Amoeba Music have launched this GoFundMe to crowdfund $400,000.

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Amoeba co-founder Marc Weinsten recently told Variety of the decision to turn to crowdfunding:

“We are launching the GoFundMe campaign before everyone’s tapped out to try to give our fans a chance to help us here. There are still so many unanswered questions about where we’re going to end up. We’re really just trying to get to opening our new store on Hollywood Blvd. We have this cool new space and a plan to get in there.

But between now and then, we are trying to get whatever resources we can to help with the move and help us cover our staff. Every one of our staff is on unemployment now. We’re chipping in, in that we’re covering all their benefits, making sure everybody has health. But otherwise, everyone that works for us is on unemployment right now. Including me. [Laughs.]”

When asked if the company’s mail order business had been helping keep them going, he commented;

“Our mail order has been plenty busy, but not really enough to cover much of anything. It represents probably, at the most, 10% of our (usual) business in Hollywood, and less than that obviously for all three stores.”

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