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.
On a recent single Canadian singer Esthero finds a rather unique way to protest the oppressive and frankly cowardly business model that is Spotify. According to this article Spotify management believes that music “should be universally accessible with a seamless experience based on streaming audio”. I for one have more than once tried to download Spotify on my phone and always given up because of the ridiculous poser-trying-to-hard-sounding ads.
There is the artist. There is the audience. There is sometimes the capitalist born middle man. Esthero is tries to point this out and uses her voice in a risky way to do so.
It is well known how badly Spotify and many other streaming services pay the creators for streamed or bought music. That is excluding though, a handful of services like Bandcamp, for example, who don’t charge a penny for streaming but instead make their money from revenue share on sales.
Check out Esthero’s song below to hear her unique way of protesting this faulted and outdated system: