2002-02-23 / Community

Barchord Aids Memorial Fund

By Gary G. Toms

By Gary G. Toms

The owners and operators of Barchord.com have announced that they will be working with the Rockaway Partnership Relief/Memorial Fund ("The Fund") to raise money for people that were affected by the events of September 11 and November 12, when American Airlines flight 587 crashed into the Rockaways.

"The idea came out of the blue," said Bill Wittur of Barchord. "We were trying to find the best way to support the various charities and disaster relief funds and this turned out to be the best way. One of the artists with the site, Larry Fish, suggested that he donate earnings from his songs, but we decided that it would be easier to have everything run out of one roof. As a result, we got the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce involved."

Barchord.com was launched to allow independent and mainstream musicians control the content that is made available on the web. The company is designed to leverage the web for the distribution of music, while ensuring that artists are properly compensated for their work.

"We approached the Fund with the idea and Liz Sulik, President of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, was very pleased with the whole concept and allowed us to set up the "Artist known as Rockaway," stated Wittur.

Sulik was very enthusiastic about the project, and she applauds Barchord on their efforts to assist the Rockaway community.

"I think it’s wonderful. They found out about us and what we have gone through in the last six months. They opened their hearts to the Rockaway community, and it’s great," said Sulik.

Wittur went on to explain how the process would work.

"Barchord artists would upload their tunes under the moniker of the Rockaway Fund. They will assign a price that they feel is appropriate and will arrange to donate all of the funds received from the download, their half and ours, to the fund. It leverages the business concept that we’ve put in place to do a great thing. We look forward to supporting the fund on a regular basis as an expression of our sympathy to all those who were affected by both of these tragedies."

The key element of the site is the paid download option. Artists can select a price that they want to charge, and Barchord will pay them the highest royalty in the industry, which amounts to 50 percent gross royalties on payments received.

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