2016 has been bleak for the music industry and everybody has had their fair share of sorrow. However, just as the year was drawing to a close 2016 got even worse for TeamRock as they were informed that they were being shut down. This means the closure of Classic Rock, Prog Magazine and Metal Hammer. To make things worse for TeamRock they have been left with very little hope of redundancy pay leaving them with absolutely nothing even though I’m sure that they would have given their all for the publications.
TeamRock are not your everyday music journalists, they’re dedicated and above all passionate and do not deserve what has been done to them but unfortunately this is what is happening within the music industry. but we as writers, as I’m sure TeamRock will also, will continue our passions to inform and teach you lot as much as we can about the wonderful world of music.
To leave on a positive note, to save the folks from TeamRock a bleak Christmas, there has been a JustGiving page set up for the staff which has currently reached £52,000 in two days, it’s original target being just £20,000. If it reaches £73,000 that will provide £1000 to each member of staff which would be awesome for them. This just shows as although the odds are against the music industry, we’re a solid community which will keep fighting.
From everyone at The Wave we wish TeamRock good luck, your publications will go down in history and thank you for what you’ve achieved. Keep Rocking.
You can donate to TeamRock at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ukrockcommunity
Words by Jonny Page