NEW YORK—VP Records, a leading reggae record label, has appointed Gavin Anderson & Co. to provide communications counsel on its negotiations with a group of gay activist groups protesting the lyrics of a variety of VP artists.
An agreement to end the activist campaign—called “Stop Murder Music”—was recently reached with the announcement that VP Records, along with other reggae labels and concert promoters, had reached a “framework” for conflict resolution with the activists. Gavin Anderson is providing media relations counsel in the engagement.
Says Montieth Illingworth, managing director of the firm’s New York office and leader of the account team, “This is a delicate process concerning issues of free speech, censorship and what constitutes offensive content in musical lyrics. VP has shown true leadership on the issues and we welcomed the opportunity to provide insight and counsel.”
Gavin Anderson’s London office also provided counsel on the issue.