With the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the world with tours cancelled for the foreseeable future and artists ability to generate income, today (Friday March 20) from midnight to midnight Pacific Time, Bandcamp are waiving their revenue share. Bandcamp hope to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets. We urge you if you can spare some money today to support your favourite artists!
“With such a major revenue stream drying up almost entirely, finding ways to continue supporting artists in the coming months is now an urgent priority for anyone who cares about music and the artists who create it. The good news is that we’re already seeing many fans going above and beyond to support artists across Bandcamp.
For many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not. Still, we must consider this just a starting point. 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 on Friday and through the coming months as we work to support artists in this challenging time.”
“We recognize that plenty of music fans are also seeing their livelihoods disrupted by this virus, but if you’re lucky enough to be in a position to spare some funds (or find yourself in that position in the coming months), please consider sharing your good fortune by buying music and merchandise directly from artists on Bandcamp. This Friday, March 20th, Bandcamp’s share of sales will also go to the artists and labels you choose to support, and as always, it will reach them in 24-48 hours”.
“If you already have all the music and merchandise you want from your favorite artists, consider discovering new favorites via our editorial publication, Bandcamp Daily — our best-of’s are a great place to start. Bandcamp Discover is another solid way to find new favorites, and browse our inventory of over 800,000 unique physical items, including vinyl, cassettes, and more. You can also send your favorite music and merch to a friend (there’s a “send as gift” option below every item on an album page and in your collection), or give them a Bandcamp gift card and let them make their own selections”.
“Finally, most of the items on Bandcamp have an option to pay more than the asking price, and leave a note for the artist. A tip and words of support are always appreciated, but especially so now.”
Here are some of the artists who I am supporting today by buying their music!
Perfect body say: “We’re very late to the party on this, but we’re now on Bandcamp!
They’re running a really great scheme where all the revenue from sales goes to the artist, in aid of those affected by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Have a browse!”