Discogs launches Independent Record Store Month to support brick-and-mortar shops

Making it easier for fans to find and support record stores with new tools

Written by Discogs

This June, Discogs launched the inaugural Independent Record Store Month, a series of virtual events that connect music fans to independent record stores around the world and showcase the importance of independent brick-and-mortar shops in the global vinyl community. Here’s what Discogs is doing throughout the month-long celebration. 

Certified Independent Record Store Badge 


This new online storefront badge helps record stores stand out and lets buyers know which sellers in the Discogs Marketplace are a physical shop.

Record Store Directory 


Discogs created a global directory of independent record stores designed to encourage music lovers to visit brick-and-mortar shops in person. Fans can browse worldwide and use filters to explore shops by country, city, and specialization. Stores can use their profiles to share details 

about what makes their business unique, including photos as well as the formats and genres they carry.

Window Decal

Shops registered in the new directory will receive a window decal that signifies they are a Discogs-verified independent record store. Each decal features a QR code that customers can scan to stay connected online until their next visit.

Providing insights to the record store community

Independent Record Store Month will culminate in a virtual conference for participating store owners. Those registered will receive an invitation to the online event on July 13, 2022, as well as exclusive data and insights into the record-selling business that only Discogs can provide. 


Cultivating the connection between collectors and independent shops 

Discogs connects a worldwide community of fans, collectors, archivists, store owners, and more seeking an elevated relationship with music. Independent Record Store Month’s new initiatives and the permanent online destination will continue to highlight unique shops, explore vinyl industry trends, and encourage fans to support independent stores in June and beyond.

About A2IM:
A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.

Learn more about A2IM here.
For information about how to join our community, see here.