An appeal for help
I've made a short film to explain our situation. If you can't view it, a transcript is below.
Ways to help
1. Introduce a friend to the band - buy them a CD / Video or T-Shirt.
2. Buy the Crescendo Video, if you haven't already.
3. Pre-order The Bridge, if you haven't already.
4. Join the Enidi and get the free annual CD.
5. Make a donation to The Enidi (use the box on right).
"Times have never been better for the band. A window of opportunity has opened for The Enid with offers coming in from all over the world.
There is large audience out there just waiting to discover us. The key to the future of the band is to find them and create a soundtrack for their lives. Now we have the chance to do just that. We are re-establishing our name in the prog community and have attracted the help we need to move forward following last year’s Progressive Music Awards.
Now retired, Robert has distanced himself from all matters of business, including our legal affairs. That said, he still lives with us in his “granny flat” at Enid HQ, and is a treasured member of our family. We look after him and probably will do to the end of his life.
We absolutely want to make a lasting impression on all people wherever THE BAND goes and whatever it records.
But, we are now facing unexpected legal fees at a time when we have committed every penny to the forthcoming albums and gigs. We need help.
So what’s the trouble? A man called Gerald Palmer, owner of Inner Sanctum Records, the band’s former record label.
As I understand it, Robert once considered Gerald Palmer a close personal friend. Sadly, Palmer has turned out to be what can only be described as a music fan from Hell.
The relationship with Palmer blew up when the band’s manger was trying to sort out the terrible contract that Palmer had persuaded Robert to sign. The band got legal advice and terminated the contract, but since then, he’s used every dirty trick in the book in an attempt to get the band to back down.
We decided to fight Palmer in the courts rather than giving up The Enid’s name and heritage. The court case against him, which is going very well, has reached a crucial stage. Money has to be found to pay our barrister right now and we haven’t got it.
With the help of our barrister we have won every stage of this battle so far. With his continued help we can and will win this case. If we lose, the band may never recover.
If this situation had come up in three months time, we wouldn’t be asking, but we have no one else to turn to. None of us owns anything “big” and raising a conventional loan is impossible. We are running on empty.
In 2014, the band spent £17,000 on legal fees. To defend ourselves at this critical stage, we need to find £15,000 immediately and we’re asking our supporters to help us however you can. Visit the web site and buy a CD, a video or a T-Shirt; make a donation, or if you feel you could manage to do more, drop me an email or call me."