Today is Bandcamp Friday and once again musicians around the world will have the aid of one of the greatest music services this world has to offer. Since the COVID-19 hit the world, so far Bandcamp has helped artists sell $75 million worth of music during previous Bandcamp Fridays. All that money goes directly to the artists since Bandcamp waves their revenue share during these special days.
For hardcore and punk fans there is a fantastic compilation album being released this Friday featuring some heavy canons in the scene such as Minority Threat, Racetraitor, War On Women, SECT, Modern Life Is War, Sunn 0))), Jesus Piece and many more. All proceeds of the 46-song compilation will go to Movement for Black Lives (m4bl.org).
On their webpage Bandcamp co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond writes: “It’s a good reminder that Bandcamp Fridays are really an extension of what Bandcamp is about every day. Thank you to all the artists and labels who shared their music with us, and the fans who spent their hard-earned coins to support the artists they love.
Because the pandemic is far from over, we’ll continue to hold Bandcamp Fridays on the first Friday of every month until the end of the year. A more detailed calendar is below.”
Bandcamp Fridays 2020 Calendar:
September 4, 2020 October 2, 2020 November 6, 2020 December 4, 2020
On March 20th, 2020, which was a Friday, Bandcamp decided to waive their revenue share from all sold music in order to support independent musicians that are being tremendously affected by the global Covid-19 virus.
The result: fans bought 4.3 million dollars worth of music which is 15 times the normal Friday. This global initiative helped artists around the world to pay their rent, pay their medical bills and so much more. This was a unique and incredible feat.
But the virus and the crisis is still going strong and so Bandcamp has decided to up their game and waive their revenue share on three upcoming dates: the first Friday of the next three months, May 1st, June 5th and July 3rd.
If you want to support independent musicians around the world during these peculiar and difficult times then checking out awesome music on Bandcamp on the before mentioned dates is a great start.
Many people around the world are being affected by the so called Covid-19 virus these days. Many people are experiencing curfews which limits them from doing their normal work. Independent musicians are experiencing these limitations during these strange times like every one else.
Bandcamp, a music service operation that we here at Shouts think very highly of, are playing their part this Friday and cutting all their revenue shares from music sales.
“To raise even more awareness around the pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, we’re waiving our revenue share on sales this Friday, March 20 (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets.“
– Ethan Diamond, Co-Founder and CEO of Bandcamp
So while stuck inside your house why not check out all the amazing music there is on Bandcamp, support independent artists that make this world a bit more beautiful, and use the lockdown to breakdown.