This Friday, Bandcamp is doing another day of forgoing its revenue share in order to help out artists whose livelihoods have been affected by the industry slowdown due to COVID-19. However, Bandcamp has also announced another initiative on Juneteenth (June 19, midnight to midnight Pacific time) in response to the recent and ongoing acts of violence by police officers against Black people in America. So, all day on June 19, Bandcamp will be donating 100 percent of its sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, as well as dedicating $30,000 to partner with organizations that fight for racial justice.
Bandcamp co-founder/CEO Ethan Diamond says in a statement: “The current moment is part of a long-standing, widespread, and entrenched system of structural oppression of people of color, and real progress requires a sustained and sincere commitment to political, social, and economic racial justice and change. We’ll continue to promote diversity and opportunity through our mission to support artists, the products we build to empower them, who we promote through the Bandcamp Daily, our relationships with local artists and organizations through our Oakland space, how we operate as a team, and who and how we hire.”