The music platform will be waiving its share of sales again on June 5, prompting many musicians to pass along the proceeds.
Bandcamp has used its growing prominence as a music streaming and sales platform for several fundraisers over the past few years, including blowout sales days in which the company donated its share of proceeds to the Transgender Law Center and to the ACLU. More recently, Bandcamp has begun waiving its cut of digital music and physical merch sales on periodic Fridays to help out artists who’ve taken a hit during the pandemic. Selling music on Bandcamp is already a better deal for artists than major streaming services, and on May 1, the revenue-share promotion drove a record $7.1 million in sales in 24 hours.
Bandcamp will also not take its usual cut on June 5 and July 3. On June 19, the company will also donate 100 percent of its profits to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, in honor of the Juneteenth holiday.
While the no-revenue-share days are designed to help out artists, the exploding nationwide movement against racist police brutality has prompted many of those artists to announce that they’ll be passing on their Bandcamp take this Friday to organizations involved in the struggle for equality and justice.
Here are the Madison-based artists involved that we’ve been able to gather info on so far, many of them donating to the very organizations leading the protests in Madison. Others are raising money for other worthy causes not necessarily directly linked to the protests. If you see something missing, email us and we’ll be updating the post until late Friday afternoon. We’ve also included links to the organizations benefiting, in case you’d like to donate directly.
Oh, and these aren’t Bandcamp things, but on June 11, Madison bands will be selling rare merch at Mother Fool’s to raise money for the Free the 350 Bail Fund, and through June 8, Disq is donating all proceeds from its web store to Minneapolis police-abolition group Reclaim the Block, a good excuse to snap up the band’s recent breakout release Collector. Cool! On with the list:
Casket Gown: All proceeds to Freedom Inc.
Variable Shadows (Madison musician Tarek Sabbar’s label): Proceeds minus postage from physical sales (cassettes, including pre-order) to Freedom Inc., all proceeds from Tarek Sabbar digital sales to Freedom Inc.
Telechrome: All proceeds to Freedom Inc.
Asumaya + Bell & Circuit: A benefit compilation to be released Friday via Dagoretti Records will include an Asumaya song remixed by Bell & Circuit, all proceeds to Detroit Justice Center
Nnirror: All proceeds to Freedom Inc.
Amarrass Records: Proceeds to directly benefit folk musicians based in rural India
Ghostar: All proceeds to Freedom Inc.
Burnidette: All proceeds to Free the 350 Bail Fund
Tubal Cain: All profits to Free the 350 Bail Fund
High Plains: All proceeds to Urban Triage
Norris Court: All proceeds to Urban Triage
Damsel Trash: All proceeds from the new track “What’s Inside Your Butthole” to Freedom Inc.
Ilana Bryne: New track on No Justice No Peace, a compilation from Naive, all proceeds to an ActBlue fundraiser for multiple bail funds and social-justice organizations
Addison Christmas: All proceeds to Free the 350 Bail Fund
The Central: All proceeds from new album Dentist to Black Lives Matter, Reclaim the Block, and Black Visions Collective
Margerat Dryer: All proceeds to Freedom Inc.
Woke Up Crying: Pay-what-you-can/free through June, band asks fans to donate directly to Free the 350 Bail Fund
Black Cat: All proceeds to Free the 350 Bail Fund
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