Bandcamp recently announced plans to donate 100% of their share in sales on June 19th to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Furthermore, the organization plans to do so on “every Juneteenth hereafter…” Juneteenth is known as Freedom Day, a holiday celebrating June 19th, 1865, the day the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect in the former Confederate States of America.
Additionally, Bandcamp has pledged to donate $30,000 a year to “organizations that fight for racial justice and create opportunities for people of color.”
“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,” Bandcamp said in a statement. “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.”
Read their full statement here.
This Friday, June 5th, Bandcamp will waive their fees for every sale on the site to help musicians affected by the pandemic. They’ll then hold another one on July 3rd.