Rock stars help raise £82,000 in a week for firm’s staff
AN online campaign to raise cash for staff laid off after the collapse of the Scotland-based rock music publisher of Metal Hammer and Classic Rock has raised more than four times the £20,000 target in seven days.
The crowdfunding drive was set up on Monday of last week by a member of heavy metal band Orange Goblin in aid of the staff of Team Rock.
By last night it had raised £82,807 with donations from fans around the world, including high-profile rock names such as Avenged Sevenfold, Black Stone Cherry and Asking Alexandra.
All proceeds will be given to dozens of workers who lost their jobs after administrators were called in to the South Lanarkshire-based company.
A total of 73 people were laid off at offices in High Blantyre and London. A further seven staff have been kept on temporarily to help administrators as they seek a buyer for the firm’s assets.
Orange Goblin frontman Ben Ward, who set up the fundraising initiative, said: “A few days ago, when I heard the news that my good friends at Team Rock were being made redundant with no pay during Christmas week, I felt I had to do something.
“That night my girlfriend and I set up the Just Giving page and within two days we had raised almost £60,000, and we were blown away by the response and generosity of people all over the world.”
Orange Goblin announced a fundraising gig at the Black Heart in Camden, London, on January 5 for Team Rock.
There will be a minimum £10 donation to get in and admission will be on a first come, first served basis as the venue holds only 120 people.