Support Artists and Labels Impacted By the Covid-19 Pandemic
The wonderful folks at Bandcamp will once again be waiving their revenue share on sales this Friday, May 1st (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets.
Bandcamp has been a hugely important an appreciated lifeline during these times in helping us keep the BBE boat afloat. Massive thanks to the Bandcamp team from all of us here at BBE Music.
Please support your local artists and independent labels everywhere by treating yourself to a new lockdown soundtrack!
Browse our Bandcamp releases here.
Bandcamp’s full statement follows:
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact all of us, and artists have been hit especially hard as tours and shows are cancelled for the foreseeable future. With such a major revenue stream drying up almost entirely, finding ways to continue supporting artists in the coming months is an urgent priority for anyone who cares about music and the artists who create it.
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.
But the pandemic and its impact on the music community aren’t over, so on May 1, June 5, and July 3 (the first Friday of each month), we’re waiving our revenue share for all sales on Bandcamp, from midnight to midnight PDT on each day.
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.
Co-Founder & CEO