Bandcamp Waives Its Cut of Artist Sales Until Midnight Tonight (3/20) to Help During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Rock Cellar Magazine

With the coronavirus pandemic having wreaked major havoc in our society, it’s taken an especially tough toll on musical acts who rely on touring and merchandise sales to survive the business — and on Friday, Bandcamp made a major decision in hopes of helping artists during this rough, uncertain time, echoing a sentiment put out by Alice Cooper earlier in the week.

The company announced that it would waive its cut of sales of songs purchased on the website for 24 hours, passing along the following message:

The Covid-19 pandemic is in full force, and artists have been hit especially hard as tours and shows are being canceled 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 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.

To raise even more awareness around the pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, we’re waiving our revenue share on sales today (Friday, March 20th, from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets.

For many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not. Still, we 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 both today and through the coming months as we work to support artists in this challenging time.

Ethan Diamond
Co-Founder & CEO

If you can spare a few dollars and support some up-and-coming musical acts, visit the website and take a look.


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