Bandcamp has announced financial commitment to racial justice, equality and change organisations, including a yearly allocation of $30,000 in financial aid.
A statement on the music platform’s website reads: “The recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against black people in the US and around the world are horrific tragedies. We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day, including many of our fellow employees and artists and fans in the Bandcamp community.”
This coming Juneteenth (a US holiday on June 19th that celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States) and every year hereafter, 100% of Bandcamp’s sales share will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, “a national organization that has a long history of effectively enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education.”
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We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of color everywhere who live with racism every single day, including many of our fellow employees and artists and fans in the Bandcamp community. So this coming Juneteenth (June 19, from midnight to midnight PDT) and every Juneteenth hereafter, we will donate 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
You can read the full post here.
Members of the electronic music community have created a Google document with more than 1,000 black artists and labels to support the initiative.
Today, June 5th (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time) also marks the latest day the music site is waiving their fees to support artists impacted by Covid-19. You can find the whole list of artists and labels preparing special releases, including those donating their share to organizations in support of racial justice and change here.