After much consideration I have decided to retire Folktale Records. There are many factors that went into making this decision and I don’t think this should be a moment of sadness but rather an opportunity to reflect on the work that has been done in the 13 years the label has been around. It has been an honor to book shows and release music for so many artists I greatly admire. I hope that my involvement in the underground music and art community has only helped it to flourish even more and encouraged people to create, or continue creating.

The Folktale website will remain up for the time being for anyone looking to pick up copies of any of the 78 titles that are still in print. I have also decided that in an attempt to help people in need beyond the immediate community the label has been a part of, that I will be donating half of the profits of all future sales to the following organizations…

(National Alliance on Mental Illness)
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

(Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care, with 56 unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide that operate nearly 650 health centers, which reflect the diverse needs of their communities. These health centers provide a wide range of safe, reliable health care — and the majority is preventive care, which helps prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and treatment, and screen for cervical and other cancers.

I would like to encourage everyone to support local artists, musicians, and independent businesses. Especially those who are women, LGBTQ, and people of color. This is a time when those communities are being threatened but yet are more vital than ever. We really are stronger together.

As for myself, I will continue to support those I believe in in other ways beyond Folktale. I will continue creating art and will be focusing on my own mental health. If you’d like to stay informed about my own work in the future you can do so by visiting my website, following me on Instagram, or joining my new email list HERE.

I am happy to respond to any questions, comments, or concerns anyone might have.

Christopher Payne
Folktale Records founder and CEO