In response to the COVID-19 situation, Pitch Black Records has issued a statement encouraging fans to instead of buying from the label to consider buying from bands and underground festival organisers who have been affected by COVID-19.
For those that do purchase from the label, 100% of all sales between April 5 and 15 on the label’s online store and Bandcamp will be donated to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund set up by the World Health Organization.
Full label statement:
"These are indeed unprecedented times we live in. It goes without saying that we as well are deeply concerned, not just for ourselves, our families and loved ones but also for our industry friends and associates and of course all our loyal fans and customers. We hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe although we do feel the need to urge everyone to do the simple thing that is constantly being repeated these days - #StayHome.
The whole situation has undoubtedly disrupted plans and scheduling across the world, including ours as well. It actually hit just as we were about to announce our next release, so that will have to wait just a little bit longer…
Thanks for all the orders that have been coming in but please keep in mind that shipping times at this stage are affected since a lot of flights and courier services are grounded. That’s why we kindly ask that you bear with us until this is sorted if you have recently made an order for physical items or are planning to. For the list of countries we are currently able to ship to please check our website.
On that note, as many of you know, this crisis has hit a lot of people in the music industry, be it musicians and bands, record store owners and festival organisers (especially some of the awesome underground festivals around the world which have taken quite a hard hit). We hate seeing so many of our associates and friends being in such an unfortunate situation so one thing we would like to ask is that before buying from us you instead (or also) consider buying merch or something (anything) directly from bands who have had shows or tours cancelled, festival organisers who have seen their month-long hard work vanish into thin air (consider also NOT asking for a refund) and others.
Still, if you do buy from us, we are announcing today that for all sales at our online store and Bandcamp between April 5th and April 15th, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund set up by the World Health Organization. The sooner we manage to beat this thing, the sooner everything will start getting back to normal (for everyone) and every little bit we can contribute will surely help and is definitely better than nothing.
We are offering a 10% discount on our online store (use code STAYHOME) while on Bandcamp we are offering the full digital discography, in case you want to consider that instead of individual albums or tracks, at an 85% discount (so $56.85 instead of $379).
Online Store - https://store.pitchblackrecords.com/
Bandcamp - https://pitchblackrecords.bandcamp.com/
Humanity will beat this, without a question! We just have to be a little bit patient and disciplined. So once again, #StayHome, #StaySafe and always follow the guidelines and advice of your local authorities. One good thing is that you can take advantage of the situation to enjoy tons of great music, so why not go ahead and do just that!
Non-profit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is excited to announce that they have partnered with Skullcandy for their newly launched MOOD BOOST program, designed in response to the growing mental health crisis among Millennials and Generation Z.
TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski says that:-
"Music can play a big part in coping with depression and anxiety. Music reminds us that it's okay to feel and it's okay to be honest, and those truths relate directly to mental health. We couldn't be more excited about this new partnership with Skullcandy. Our dedication to helping people find hope fits perfectly with their Mood Boost program."
Skullcandy Chief Marketing Officer, Jessica Klodnicki says:-
"The statistics are startling, The World Health Organization reports more than 300 million people suffer from depression worldwide. As we looked to create our new take on moods and music, we wanted to listen carefully to the voices of our core customers. It became very clear that mental health is a critical topic for them. Mood Boost is our way of shining a spotlight on this issue and ways to seek help."
Every month for the next 12 months, Mood Boost will spotlight a positive mood and look to lift our collective spirits through:
● Exclusive music artist content
Four fast-rising music stars have joined the campaign to represent a diverse range of music genres and world views: Rapper Rico Nasty; Latinx singer-songwriter, Cuco; Indie-pop singer-songwriter Gus Dapperton, and London-based pop sensation, Rina Sawayama.
● Insightful athlete content
As a brand founded at the intersection of music and board sports, Skullcandy will also profile its rich roster of surf, skate, and snow athletes through interviews designed to offer uplifting stories. Followers will hear from iconic professional athletes like surfer Coco Ho, snowboarder Mark McMorris, and skateboarder Jenn Soto, among others.
● Limited-edition product/art bundle drops
The hottest Skullcandy true wireless products will be released in small-batch, custom colorways and bundled with free limited-edition art prints by renowned graphic designers and pop-culture artists, including London-based Tina Touli and design duo Rude, as well as New York City artist Queen Andrea and France/Asia-based Paiheme Studio.
Part of every bundle sale will benefit TWLOHA to help directly fund treatment and recovery for youth suffering from depression and addiction.
Since its start in 2006, TWLOHA has donated over $2.6 million directly into treatment, has responded to over 250,000 messages from over 100 countries, and traveled more than 3.8 million miles to meet people face-to-face at nearly 3,000 events. Each month, they connect with 5 million people online through social media and their FIND HELP Tool fields 5,000 searches made by people seeking affordable, local mental health resources.
Last fall TWLOHA wrapped up their 8th annual campaign to honor World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and National Suicide Prevention Week (September 8 - September 14). With the help of supporters from around the world, the organization was able to raise more than $250k for treatment and recovery, surpassing their initial goal of $150k. Over 5,700 people donated to the "You Make Today Better" campaign, in addition to the sale of over 4,600 World Suicide Prevention Day packs. The money raised will help sponsor over 4,100 counseling sessions and fund 60,000 FIND HELP searches.
Skullcandy is the original lifestyle audio brand with the mission "to unleash the visceral power of music for all." Based in Park City, Utah, Skullcandy designs, markets, and distributes audio products around the globe. The company's web site can be found at www.skullcandy.com.
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