Amoeba Music Needs the Public’s Help

Published on April 20, 2020

Amoeba Music is in trouble. Founded in 1990, Amoeba Music has been a favorite spot for music fans for a long time now. It’s a massive record store with an array of vinyl, CDs, and movies. Especially in Los Ageles, it’s such a great spot for locals and visitors alike. Due to the coronavirus, Amoeba Music is now in jeopardy of returning. 

Business is Hurting 

When the coronavirus began spreading in the United States and closures started happening, Amoeba Music initially allowed curbside pickup. A month ago, though, they had to stop. Since then, the company has been struggling, and if things keep going the way they’re going, the business may never recover. It’d be a serious loss for music fans. 


Founded by Dave Prinz and Marc Weinstein, Amoeba Music has over 400 employees and stores in San Francisco, LA, and Berkeley. Amoeba, which is a name that means a lot to both music fans and musicians, is now asking their loyal customers for help. The company posted this message on their Facebook page:

Amoeba is a place where music fans of all ages and backgrounds find community and music reigns supreme. We have weathered many storms since we opened our first store 30 years ago in Berkeley, CA, but we don’t know that we can get through COVID-19. Our stores have been closed since mid-March and remain closed indefinitely. 

So we are humbly asking for your help.

The funds raised from this GoFundMe campaign will go directly to help with our immediate future and take care of our staff of over 400; to allow Amoeba to continue. You have supported us all these years and we are forever grateful.

If you can let others know about this campaign, that would be deeply appreciated as well. ❤️

GoFund Me

Amoeba Music is looking to raise $400,000. In only a few hours, the store has already managed to raise $20,000. Considering the store even has major musicians as customers — Dave Grohl and Rihanna hit up the LA location — maybe they’ll see some large donations from their more high-profile fans? Wherever the donations come from, people are already looking out for Amoeba. 

The company posted a very respectful GoFundMe post asking fans for their support. They know it’s tough times. They know people are struggling. But if anyone can help keep Amoeba alive, please do. Right now, Amoeba is exploring its options, but they need the cash now:

We’re exploring every possible means of support, including federal and local grants and loans. But these funds are not guaranteed to come in, and they won’t meet the needs of our short-term future.

So, we most humbly ask for your help. We know that this is a very difficult and uncertain time for everyone, and we understand that there are many individuals and organizations in need.

If you are in a position to help us, we would be incredibly grateful to receive that support.

Any donation to this campaign will contribute to the cash resources we need to deal with the immediate future, to take care of our staff of over 400 Amoebites, and to allow Amoeba to continue operations.

Gotta Love Amoeba 

A year or so ago, there was talking of Amoeba’s location on Sunset Blvd. closing down. Fans and locals were not happy. It’s the perfect spot at the perfect location. The idea of it closing down was unfortunate news. Amoeba eventually calmed down the fears and confirmed they wouldn’t close but move somewhere else in Hollywood, but the whole thing was a reminder of what a great place Amoeba Music is.

It’s just such a pleasant place to gather with friends, see what you can find and maybe catch some bands drop in and play a set. It’s such a fun spot, so it’d be a terrible loss. Hopefully and most likely, Amoeba’s passionate fans will keep the beloved company in business.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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