CHARLOTTE, NC – Croquet Records announced March 18 the launch of its nonprofit record label and band incubator by signing Charlotte-based indie rock band Melt. The volunteer-run arts organization is the first record label to receive 501(c)3 nonprofit status in North Carolina, based on IRS records.
“We believe North Carolina is home to some of the best emerging bands and songwriters in the nation, and we are excited to become a part of this great music community and help artists produce their music and share it with the world,” said Executive Director James Willamor.
Formed in 2013, Melt features members of Serfs and Aggrocragg. Their debut full-length album will be released by Croquet Records on CD and 12-inch vinyl format this summer.
“We are thrilled to work with Melt because the band includes active, committed members of the North Carolina music community,” Willamor said. “Melt founder Phil Pucci is known for the hard work he has put into hosting Reverb Fest, which supports local charities.”
A Kickstarter campaign is scheduled from April 15 to May 15 to raise funds to cover the launch of the label and its initial release. Donations to Croquet Records are tax-deductible.
“The problem with the industry is that music has been turned into a commodity and music listeners have been turned into consumers,” Willamor said. “As a nonprofit arts organization, we want to treat music as art and ask our listeners to become patrons. We are focused on building the North Carolina music community by bringing emerging local artists and local music enthusiasts together.”
About Croquet Records
Croquet Records was formed in 2014 by James Willamor and is guided by a board of directors from Raleigh and Charlotte. Its mission is to promote and develop local bands and songwriters across North Carolina by serving as an emerging artist incubator and independent, nonprofit record label.
Melt began in 2013 as a solo project by Serfs guitarist and vocalist Phil Pucci. Pucci was soon joined by two of his lifelong friends, David Scanlon (bass), and Alex Smith (drums), to round out the band. Their sound has been compared to R.E.M., Galaxie 500, and Real Estate.
For more information on the label or band visit www.croquetrecords.org or www.meltband.com