Friday, June 13, 2008

d.i.y. style


"In the beginning it was basically a volunteer arrangement as there was no money to pay anyone, but by the early '90s we were not only able to pay everyone, but also able to provide them with health insurance and other benefits. I've always considered this one of our most important achievements. Most businesses, including record labels, have used profits (or at least the fear of losing profits) as their guideline for operations. Because we have tried to approach the label as a mission of documentation as well as a community-based entity, we have managed to avoid many of the industry-standard practices. The fact that we are able to help support the people who work for us as well as pay royalties to the bands seems to be proof that such an approach is possible."

Ian MacKaye, from the Dischord Records website History pages.

3 comments:

Ricardo said...

trully something to aspire to. this is the future of business.

Foulweather... said...

Huge inspiration. Fugazi remains my all time favorite band. Gazelle, you should check out 'In My Eyes.' Its basically 20 years of Fugazi photographs taken by Glen E Friedman... maybe you already have it...

Gazelle said...

In My Eyes is on my list to check out - I just got Fuck You Heroes and am savoring that fine walk down memory lane...