The mission of Queer Control Records (QCR) is to provide charitable assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning (LGBTIQQ) musicians. Emerging from DIY, Alternative, Grunge Rock, Riot Grrrl and Queercore music scenes, QCR was founded 2007 to benefit the music and musicians of the greater queer community. With volunteers and supporters from all over the world, QCR headquarters currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
What We Do:
Support and Resources for Musicians:
In addition to the typical challenges faced by new musicians trying to gain exposure, experience, and the support of a record label, emerging LGBTIQQ artists often face discrimination from mainstream record labels and the music industry at large. Every 12-18 months, QCR selects a new class of “Resident Artists.” By providing funding and technical support to underprivileged and underrepresented LGBTIQQ musicians and bands, QCR helps artists gain exposure and success that might otherwise be difficult to come by. Current Resident Artists include Pariah Piranha, Once A Pawn, Shenandoah Davis, Box Squad and Nancy FullForce. Alumni Resident and Distribution Artists include Fruit Punch, 8 Inch Betsy, Princess and the Criminals, and Tough Tough Skin.
Concerts and Special Events:
QCR organizes and sponsors events involving the public performance of LGBTIQQ musicians in order to help promote and increase awareness of queer music. Events that QCR has supported in the past include LadyFest Toronto (Toronto, Canada), Fabulosa Fest (Russian River, CA), National Queer Arts Festival (San Francisco, CA), the 4th Annual Queer People of Color Conference (Davis, CA), and Homo A Go Go (San Francisco, CA). In 2008, QCR also organized two West Coast tours: Pass the Torch (Summer 2008) and LezFest 2008 + Ginger Bear (October 2008).