Bandcamp, the online music company, revealed in a blog post that they will be donating 100% of their revenue on June 19 to the NAACP, the civil rights organization formed in 1909. The platform has continuously stepped up in times of need for the public and for the artists that utilize their services, having waived fees to support artists just at the beginning of the pandemic.
In a blog post on the company’s website, Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond said:
“The recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against black people in the US and around the world are horrific tragedies. We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day, including many of our fellow employees and artists and fans in the Bandcamp community.”
Why June 19? June 19 is known as Freedom Day; in 1865, enslaved men, women, and children were informed of their liberation from slavery.
What is Bandcamp?
Per their website, “Bandcamp’s mission is to create the best possible service for artists and labels to share and earn money from their music, and for fans to discover and enjoy it.” When you purchase something on their website, 80-85% of your money goes directly to the artist, which they pay out daily. The remainder goes to payment processor fees and Bandcamp’s revenue share.
Featured image of their team.