The label’s initial plans of rebranding and establishing “major structural changes” have collapsed, with interim president Jessa Zapor-Gray stepping down from the role.
Following a series of sexual misconduct allegations, Californian tape label Burger Records have decided to shut down completely.
“When I was asked to take over in this capacity, I expected some blowback for my decision to accept but I believed that the opportunity to have a role in effecting real and lasting positive change within the Burger and indie music scenes was worth the risk,” Zapor-Gray said in a statement.
“Upon further review, I have informed Burger Records that I no longer believe I will be able to achieve my intended goals in assuming the leadership role at Burger in the current climate. Therefore, I have decided to step away from the label entirely to focus on my other projects.”
respect to everyone coming forward about Burger Records
— Molly Lambert 🦔 (@mollylambert) July 21, 2020
Since Zapor-Gray’s statement, label co-founder Sean Bohrman has announced that the label will cease operations entirely.
This all comes after sexual misconduct allegations were made against a range of artists associated with the label, including The Growlers, The Frights, The Abigails, Pangea, SWMRS, and more.
Bohrman and co-founder Lee Rickard were also accused of fostering a predatory environment.
It’s unclear what effect the label’s collapse will have on affiliated artists and releases.