Just days after announcing major structural changes following multiple anonymous allegations of sexual misconduct among Burger Records artists and staff, the label has decided that it will cease operations altogether.
Label co-founder and president Lee Rickard resigned, co-founder Sean Bohrman announced plans to step away at a later date, and the label changed its name to BRGR, and new interim president Jessa Zapor-Gray was named. Zapor-Gray released a statement Tuesday night, announcing that she would no longer be taking over as interim label president.
Jessa Zapor-Gray announced she will not take over as interim president of Burger Records. The label has been accused of widespread sexual misconduct https://t.co/B5awWS1CMQ
— SPIN (@SPIN) July 22, 2020
“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 stated.
“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.”
Burger Records’ social media accounts and online store have been shut down. When asked about the future of the label by Pitchfork, Bohrman responded: “We decided to fold the label.”