On June 19 (Juneteenth), Bandcamp, one of the most promising online music retailers, will be donating 100% of its share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to support their work. Twice already this year, Bandcamp has graciously waived its fees, allowing 100% of all sales to go to musicians — and it has pledged to do the same on the first Friday in July as well.
In a statement, Bandcamp Cofounder and CEO Ethan Diamond said, “On March 20, 2020, we waived our revenue share in order to help artists and labels impacted by the pandemic. The Bandcamp community showed up in a massive way, spending $4.3 million on music and merch—15x the amount of a normal Friday— helping artists cover rents, mortgages, groceries, medications, and so much more. It was truly inspiring.”
“Musicians will continue to feel the effects of lost touring income for many months to come, so we’re also sharing some ideas below on how fans can support the artists they love and how artists can give fans new, creative ways to provide support.”
“It may sound simple, but the best way to help artists is with your direct financial support, and we hope you’ll join us through the coming months as we work to support artists in this challenging time.”
Here’s a list of Big Island musicians whose work is available on Bandcamp.
Alan Kasameyer: “El Sancho has some songs on Bandcamp, and while we’ve only had a handful of people ever buy something from us, it has equaled far more money than all streaming platforms combined, like $25, I think!”
Chris Stark: “One of the great things about Bandcamp is that you can upload better-than-CD quality audio (I upload 48kHz 24-bit). This gives any audiophile fans a chance to have copies of all of my music at the same quality as my masters.”
Trever Veilleux: “The new Professor T and The Eastside Shredders EP will be released via Bandcamp.”
Dustin Kneidl: “Got some Big Island Punk Rock on there!”
If there’s been a time to buy music, it’s today.