The White Label Auction raises £34,000 for The BRIT Trust music charity

The UK’s major and independent record labels and their artists joined forces to donate items to the White Label Auction which raised an astonishing £34,000 for The Brit Trust.

The White Label Auction in Aid of The BRIT Trust held last week on 5th May raised an astounding total of £33,920.40 for The BRIT Trust – the music industry charity that supports a wide range of causes that promote education and wellbeing through music, such as The BRIT School and Nordoff Robbins music therapy among others.

Each of the 115 lots of various ‘white label’ LP test pressings, many of them signed or personalised by the artists in some way, typically went for hundreds of pounds, with seven lots commanding four-figure sums.

With just a handful of white label test pressings produced by record labels ahead of the full release of a new album, these first-off-the-press copies typically go to artists and to archive, and are highly prized by collectors.

The UK’s major and independent record labels and their artists led by Universal Music UK, BMG, Cherry Red, EMI, Heavenly Records, Island Records, Polydor Records, Sony Music Entertainment UK, and Warner Music UK, among others, joined forces to donate the items.

The highest price paid in the auction hosted by the music memorabilia and vinyl records specialists Omega Auctions was £2,700 for a set of two test-pressings of The Cure albums – Japanese Whispers and Seventeen Seconds – with the former signed by Robert Smith, who for good measure annotated it with the words “bring three and fourpence”.

Other lots included test-pressings by artists ranging from The Who, The Kinks, Paul Weller, Blondie, UB40, and The Mission to Soul II Soul, Beastie Boys, KT Tunstall, and Neneh Cherry, with the final lot to go under the hammer.

The complete list of titles/bids can be found on the Omega Auctions website here.

Tony Wadsworth CBE, Chair of The BRIT Trust, said:

“It seems like there is no end to the power of music to do good – it’s helped so many of us through lockdown, and now in the shape of the White Label Auction it is providing much needed funds that will support the vital work of The BRIT Trust. We are grateful to all the artists and labels for so generously contributing their test pressings and support, and to Johnny Chandler and the team at Universal UMC for pulling it all together.”

Nordoff Robbins and The BRITs

The Brit Trust is one of Nordoff Robbins’ longest standing supporters, having since 1989 gifted our charity £8 million. Their support has been instrumental to our growth as a charity, and helping us to becomethe leading independent music therapy charity in the UK.

Their support helped us create our two-year Masters’ of Music Therapy programme, expanding into Manchester and most recently Newcastle. It has also helped us develop our reach, now providing music therapy to settings including refugee centres, dementia care homes, adult mental health units, hospices and SEN schools across the UK.

Read more about our relationship with the Brits and The Brit Trust here